First launched in 2006, Guiding Lights is the UK film industry’s leading mentoring programme run by Lighthouse in Brighton.
The scheme partners filmmakers working on their first feature with established mentors as they take their next significant step into the industry. The scheme delivers a flexible, responsive and bespoke personal development experience to each filmmaker to ensure that they make the strongest industry impact at this critical stage.
Over the years, Guiding Lights has built up an illustrious list of mentors including Danny Boyle, Kenneth Branagh, Andrew Haigh, Clio Barnard, Tessa Ross, Barbara Broccoli, Hossein Amini, Sam Mendes, Walter Murch, Joanna Hogg, Alex Garland, Abi Morgan, Nira Park and many others.
Our alumni have gone on to make over 60 features since their time on the scheme, with more in the pipeline: James Spinney and Peter Middleton’s debut feature Notes on Blindness received a BIFA award and three BAFTA nominations, Laura Hastings-Smith went on to produce Steve McQueen’s Hunger and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, Sundance selected Beast by Michael Pearce saw him tipped as one to watch in 2018 by The Observer, Lucy Cohen’s Kingdom Of Us was released by Netflix and nominated for a BAFTA, Rachel Tunnard’s Adult Life Skills, was theatrically released in June 2016 and also won a BIFA, and Rebecca Johnson’s Honeytrap was picked up by Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY.
Guiding Lights producers Brian Falconer, Rob Watson, Emily Morgan, Catryn Ramasut, Jude Goldrei, Loran Dunn, Emilie Jouffroy and Kamilla Kristiane Hodol, Elhum Shakerifar and Yaw Basoah have all been recipients of BFI Vision Awards.
Many Guiding Lights alumni have also been Screen Stars of Tomorrow, including: Baff Akoto, Rose Glass, Loran Dunn, Rubika Shah, Billy Lumby, Rob Watson, Yaw Basoah, Matthew Orton, Joy Wilkinson, Aleem Khan, Emily Morgan, Michael Berliner, Keri Collins,Aneil Karia, Henry Darke, Mustapha Kseibati and Rebecca Johnson.
Lighthouse has established a reputation for spotting new and emerging talent thanks to Guiding Lights’ open application process. Participation on the programme has opened doors for mentees and introduced the industry to new, exciting and diverse voices.
“I am so excited to be working with Guiding Lights again. The only way we get more diversity in front and behind the camera is to pass on to the next generation and ensure they are snapping at our heels.” Abi Morgan, Mentor