//ScreenSkills Making It Possible 2019 in association with Raising Films

ScreenSkills Making It Possible 2019 in association with Raising Films

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Raising Films is delighted to announce we are running our popular Making It Possible personal and career development day for four groups this October and November.

Making It Possible 2019 is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI) as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

Making It Possible will empower successful applicants to focus on their individual goals, plan a route to achieve them and address the specific barriers and challenges they face. Making It Possible is for you if you’re on maternity/paternity leave or if you’re currently working but concerned you will stagnate in your career due to juggling work with parenting and/or caring demands. Or you may be fired up to advance your career but struggling to actually make it happen.

“Brings people together in a structured way that is geared towards career and/or people in the regions, hugely helpful and I can’t think who else is meeting this need.”

The development days will follow the same format at each location and we’re delighted to announce that for the first time we are piloting Making It Possible online!

Support from Directors UK
Twelve of the total number of places available across the Making It Possible 2019 location and online options are open to directors, and are being supported through Directors UK.

London – Wednesday 9 October
Leeds – Wednesday 16 October
Cardiff – Tuesday 5 November at Chapter

Each day will run from 9.30am to 5pm with a free crèche at each location (there will be suitable breaks in the schedule for those who need to feed babies). The groups will come back together for progress update calls which will be scheduled in November and January.

The online version of Making It Possible will run weekly for five weeks and cover the same course content. The online version will run between w/c 7 October and w/c 11 November (with one week break for half-term).

“I’ve been out of the industry for over five years and… this has given me the confidence to network and I’ve made lots of local connections in a location I’ve never worked in before.”

Our Making It Possible Tutor
Blaire Palmer (That People Thing) will lead each course, including the online course. Blaire is a coach and confidante for senior leaders and teams. A former BBC Radio 4 Today Programme producer, she has spent the past 16 years helping leaders work out how to find a way of working that is authentic and based on their values and priorities without compromising their professional ambitions. Blaire speaks about the future of leadership around Europe, is a regular guest on BBC Radio 2, is often quoted in the print media and has recently begun a regular podcast on the topic called ‘Punks in Suits’. She is mum to a nine year old daughter and lives in Wiltshire where she spends her non-work time brushing the dog, feeding the rabbits, cleaning the gerbil cage and trying to get to the allotment.

“The course offered great peer support and collaboration, encouragement and a feeling that you are not alone. Renewed confidence. Connections to other funding – I’ve just won an award that I probably wouldst have applied for if it hadn’t been for Raising Films.”

Who can apply?
This programme is open to all film and TV industry practitioners with a minimum of two screen credits or three years experience in an industry role. Applicants must be looking to develop their careers to the next level and be aged over 18. Parents and carers only!


“There is a serious need for an effective confidence raising programme. This is actually more of a taboo subject than people will admit within the creative industries.”


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Making It Possible 2019 is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI) as part of the Future Film Skills programme. Raising Films acknowledges additional support from S4C and Ffilm Cymru Wales delivering funds through BFI NETWORK Wales and from Directors UK and FilmFixer.
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Applications are now closed. We’ll be in touch with successful applicants on or before Friday 20 September.

Notes for applicants

Date and Locations
The one-day workshops will take place in London, Cardiff and Leeds. Please only apply if you can attend your chosen location on the specified date.

The online application form
Please use the relevant section of the online application form to inform us about any specific childcare needs and if you have a child that will require feeding during the day. Your biography (approx. 750 words) should outline your professional experience and achievements, including a filmography where applicable. All applications will be received in strict confidence. A panel made up of key personnel from Raising Films and our partner organisations will consider your application.

Financial Support
Raising Films is aiming to provide a hardship fund to help those most in need with the travel costs of attendance. Please indicate on your form if you would like to apply for this assistance and you will be advised if your costs can be supported at the same time as learning whether you have been accepted onto the programme.

Applications open on Friday 16 August at 1pm.
Deadline for applications is Monday 16 September at 9am.
Successful applicants contacted by close of play on Friday 20 September.

If you have not heard from us by midday on Monday 23 September unfortunately your application was not successful. Due to the volume of applications we expect to receive Raising Films regrets we will not be able to discuss unsuccessful applications.

Your Data
Unsuccessful applications and all materials will be disposed of safely and in confidence. No information submitted will be returned. The responses to diversity questions (questions 18 to 36) will be separated and shared with ScreenSkills anonymously. Decision makers will not see this information. By completing the online application form you will be added to the Raising Films mailing list, from which you can opt out at any time. Successful applicants will be required to create a ScreenSkills account. Read the Raising Films Privacy Policy. Read the ScreenSkills privacy policy.

Our Community
Before applying please read the Raising Films Code of Conduct.

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