Creative Producers School A talent development programme for Producers in the North and the Midlands

Creative Producers School returns to discover the next generation of producing talent in the North and the Midlands.

Following a successful first edition in 2019, Creative Producers School is back. And, thanks to a new collaboration between the BFI NETWORK teams at Film Hub North and Film Hub Midlands, it's now bigger than before. Creative Producers School 2020 takes place online from September - November 2020. Our new remote learning format will allow the programme to run throughout lockdown and help to connect filmmaking talent right across the thriving filmmaking communities in the North and the Midlands. 

Discovering and developing the next generation of producing talent is vital to creating a sustainable future for filmmaking in the regions. Creative Producers School does just that. This year, the programme will support 8 early-career Producers based in the North and 8 early-career Producers based in the Midlands to improve their skills and expand their networks; preparing them to make an impact in the local industry.

Creative Producers School is created and delivered by Northern-based producers Holly Carrington (Diploid Productions) and Barrington Paul Robinson (Redbag Pictures). The programme will provide participants with a solid foundation in all practical aspects of managing a production - including script editing, contracting, budgeting, casting, scheduling and festival strategy. We'll also be joined by industry expert guest speakers who will share specialist knowledge on key aspects of the production process.

Who's it for?

We're looking for people with a lively and proven interest in film and the world around us. The ideal Creative Producers School candidate will have good communication skills, a commitment to storytelling and the ability to work collaboratively.

Applicants should be Creative Producers based in the North or the Midlands who are in the early stages of creating their slate. To be eligible for the Creative Producers School you must:

  • Be over 18 and not in full time education
  • Have made one short film or theatre piece as a Producer or Production Manager, or have an equivalent level of experience across other production roles (eg. Runner, Assistant Director, or similar)
  • Have a passion for cinema and an idea about what stories you want to tell
  • Be based in the North of England or the Midlands - see the BFI's website for more information on the specific areas covered by Film Hub North and Film Hub Midlands
  • Be able to attend all of the dates outlined in the draft Course Schedule (PDF)

Participation in the Creative Producers School is free.

How to apply

To apply, please email your CV (including contact details and address) and a supporting document to our team using the subject line 'Creative Producers School.' Your supporting document should be sent as a PDF of no more than 2 pages and should provide the following information:

  • A brief outline of your relevant experience
  • Why you want to be a Producer and what you want to make
  • Tell us about a British film Producer you admire
  • Tell us about the last British film you watched and provide comments on the writing or directing style

Send your application to: bfinetwork@filmhubnorth.org.uk

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, 24 July.

Applicants will be assessed based on their written submissions, with a shortlist of candidates then asked to complete a second assessment task. This will involve submitting a short, pre-recorded video introducing yourself and answering set questions. Shortlisted candidates will receive all necessary support to complete the second assessment task.

Applicants will be notified of the initial assessment decision in the week commencing 17 August. Unfortunately, we cannot provide feedback on unsuccessful applications. If you have any questions about the course of require further information, feel free to contact our team at the above email address.