Guiding Lights 6 mentees
Guiding Lights 6 mentees

GUIDING LIGHTS returns with a new wave of emerging film talent

17 June 2015

Lighthouse and Creative Skillset can today announce the names of the 15 candidates selected for Guiding Lights 2014

The scheme, supported by Creative Skillset and now on its sixth round, offers successful applicants nine months of one-on-one mentor support from established film industry professionals, as well as invitations to industry training and networking events.

In addition to the directors, writers and producers supported through Guiding Lights, this year we are also partnering with Film Hub South East – part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) – to support the participation of three exhibition professionals from the South East.

More than 250 people applied for sought-after places on the acclaimed scheme, which aims to equip participants with the skills and contacts they need to take their careers to the next level. Successful mentees must demonstrate a solid track record in their fields as well as the potential to help shape the creative landscape of the future.

Underscoring Guiding Lights’ commitment to promoting diversity within the film industry, the new mentees hail from across the UK and beyond, and bring a range of different perspectives on the world. Their professional backgrounds include work in TV, theatre, documentary, comedy, radio and commercials.

The 15 participants are:


Michael Pearce
Rachel Tunnard
Mahdi Fleifel
Jack Weatherley
Elizabeth Stopford


Line Langebek
George Kane
Joy Wilkinson


Alex Thiele
Elhum Shakerifar
Paul Fischer
Emily Morgan

Exhibition Professionals

Jonathan Hyde
David Parker
Rebecca Marshall

Senior Producer at Lighthouse, Emily Kyriakides, says:

“Due to the high level of interest in the scheme, the Guiding Lights selection process is always extremely competitive, and this year was no exception. We’re really excited by the past achievements, future potential and talent within the group, and also feel that they have a lot to offer each other. They’re a very impressive bunch, and we look forward to working with them over the coming months.”

Film Partnership Manager at Creative Skillset, Gavin Humphries, says:

“Guiding Lights is the UK’s leading mentoring programme linking the best of new film talent with world-class film professionals. Alumni have gone on to achieve great success in the industry and we look forward to following the progress of this year’s mentees and continuing our support.”

Matching the Guiding Lights mentees with leading industry professionals is a careful and time-consuming task, with the management team aiming to pair each participant with a mentor whose skills and experience will directly complement and enhance their own.

Previous mentors include Sam Mendes, Barbara Broccoli, Danny Boyle, John Hillcoat, Abi Morgan, Paul Greengrass, Julian Fellowes, Tim Bevan, Alison Owen, Christopher Hampton and James Marsh.

This year’s mentors will be announced in due course.


The successful mentees will follow in the footsteps of an impressive list of 100 Guiding Lights alumni which includes 2013 BAFTA ‘Best Debut’ nominee Tina Gharavi (I AM NASRINE), Laura Hastings-Smith, producer of Steve McQueen’s HUNGER, Sundance and Berlin 2013 selected filmmaker Andy Heathcote (THE MOO MAN), and award-winning cinematographer Urszula Pontikos (WEEKEND, LILTING). Between them, previous mentees have produced over 35 features and been involved in numerous collaborations with other Guiding Lights participants.

Guiding Lights is run by Lighthouse and supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF).



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