Guiding Lights 5 Mentees
Guiding Lights 5 Mentees

New Guiding Lights Mentees Announced

16 June 2015

Following an intensive selection process, with over 310 applications received from writers, directors and producers across the UK and Ireland, Lighthouse and Creative Skillset are delighted to reveal the twelve candidates selected for Guiding Lights 2013. For a second year running, we are also partnering with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) and Screen Training Ireland to include two Irish filmmakers.

The 12 participants are:

Directors: Henry Darke, Afarin Eghbal, Andrew Lang, Laura Smith, Carmel Winters

Writers: Thomas Martin, Lucy Moore, Martin Wallace, Andrew Yerlett

Producers: Jessica Levick, Alexa Seligman, Rob Watson

Guiding Lights is the UK film industry’s leading mentoring programme. Aimed at writers, directors and producers already actively developing a career in features, it provides support through high-level mentoring, complemented by a range of training and networking activities.

This year’s mentees promise to be an exceptionally strong group. Among their achievements so far are an Emmy award, a Grierson award, a Microwave greenlit feature, and two BAFTA nominations to name just a few. You can read more about them here.

For the first time, Lighthouse this year invited UK film journalists and critics to contribute to the final stages of the assessment process. The journalists who participated were: Tim Robey (Daily Telegraph), Wendy Ide (The Times), Nikki Baughan (movieScope), Nick Bradshaw (Sight & Sound) and Amy Raphael (The Guardian).

The Times film critic Wendy Ide explains: “As a film critic, I tend to encounter directors who are further along their career path. So it was genuinely enlightening for me to serve on the panel for Guiding Lights and to get a glimpse of the talent which is set to shape the British film industry over the next few years. The standard is exceptionally high. It’s an exciting time to be an audience member.”

The industry professionals who will act as mentors will be announced in the coming weeks. As the most prestigious scheme of its kind in the UK, Guiding Lights has always attracted some of the biggest names in film to work with the selected filmmakers (with 88 mentorships to date). Past names include Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli, Sam Mendes, Julian Fellowes, Paul Greengrass, Alex Garland, Abi Morgan and Kenneth Branagh.

We’re certain that this year’s cohort will go on to shape an exciting and assured British film landscape of the future and the next few weeks promise to be an exciting period as we match the particpants with mentors. Please watch this space for further announcements.

For further details visit:

Read the press release here.



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