Guiding Lights 7 Mentees
Guiding Lights 7 Mentees


07 August 2015

Made up of a diverse and ambitious group of award-winning film talent, Lighthouse is delighted to announce the 15 candidates selected for Guiding Lights 7.

More than 250 candidates applied for the sought after places on the scheme. Now in its seventh edition, Guiding Lights aims to equip participants with the skills and contacts they need to take their careers to the next level, through nine months of one-to-one mentor support from an established film professional, along with invitations to industry training and networking events.

The new participants hail from across the UK, and are from a range of creative backgrounds. Their work has been shown at festivals including Sundance, SXSW, LFF and Hotdocs, and awards and industry accolades include 2 BAFTAs, 2 Oscar nominations, the Berlinale Audience Award, Encounters’ New European Talent Award, Kodak Showcase Best Short Film, The Arthur Scott Prize for writing and more.

This year’s directors include Sundance and SXSW selected directing duo James Spinney and Peter Middleton, who have just begun production on their BFI-backed feature film, Notes on Blindness; former Screen ‘Star of Tomorrow’ and director of the Olympics opening ceremony countdown and Ben Whishaw short Beat, Aneil Karia; Kodak Showcase winner Emily Greenwood, currently gearing up for pre-production on her first feature; Mahdi Fleifel, whose first feature, A World Not Ours, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the Peace Film Prize and Audience Award at the Berlinale in 2013; and Billy Lumby, whose last short SAMUEL-613, set in London’s Hasidic community, was commissioned by Dazed magazine and won the Pears Short Film prize.

The three writers selected for the scheme are Oscar nominated and BAFTA-winning screenwriter of animated short The Bigger Picture, Jennifer Majka; Brit List featured writer of Clean, Matthew Orton; and award-winning playwright and film journalist Hannah Patterson, who has a number of features in development.

Joining them are Oscar nominated and BAFTA-winning producer of Boogaloo and Graham, Brian Falconer, currently in development on four features including Normal People, written by acclaimed Belfast playwright Owen McCafferty; former development, distribution and sales exec Daisy Allsop, whose current slate includes a second feature with actor/director David Leon; Michael Ford, producer of upcoming drama-doc BASE in partnership with Vertigo films; and UK Young Screen Entrepreneur finalist Chi Thai who has a documentary feature in development with Sundance winner and Oscar nominee Mike Lerner.

The final two participants are exhibition professionals Sophie Easterbrook, responsible for programming Farnham Maltings, a creative arts centre in the South East; and Carmen Slijpen, who is currently driving the development of a new 3-screen community cinema in Lewes, East Sussex, complete with restaurant, bar, education room and garden.

Lighthouse’s Senior Producer, Emily Kyriakides says:

“Guiding Lights attracts a large number of high-calibre applications and the selection process is long and fiercely debated. This year’s mentees bring with them a diverse range of projects and creative sensibilities, but are united by their talent and future potential in their respective fields. We’re very much looking forward to working with each of them, and to seeing where their involvement with Guiding Lights takes them.”

Creative Skillset Film Partnership Manager Gavin Humphries says:

“Guiding Lights gives the UK’s top new talent a chance to connect with internationally acclaimed professionals at the top of their game. Once again we’re excited to see what this year’s mentees go on to achieve.”

Work has begun on matching each of this year’s mentees with a leading industry mentor. Lighthouse aims to pair each participant with a professional whose skills and experience will directly complement and enhance their own, often leading to a lasting professional bond.

Read more about the mentees here.

This year’s mentors will be announced in due course, but previous mentors have included Sam Mendes, Barbara Broccoli, Danny Boyle, John Hillcoat, Abi Morgan, Paul Greengrass, Clio Barnard, Tim Bevan, Alison Owen, Christopher Hampton and James Marsh.

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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