Raising Films has two major training strands – Making It Possible, our personal and professional development programme and Raising Your Game, our industry-focus training. 

Pilot sessions of Raising Your Game have taken place with the Film & TV Charity, East End Film Festival and BIFA’s Industry Programmes and we are aiming to fully launch this industry training in early 2021. Making It Possible has been running since 2016. Over the years we have received funding to run the programme from Creative Scotland, Directors UK, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Film Fixer and ScreenSkills, using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme. Making It Possible has run in partnership with Bath Film Festival, EIFF, Genesis Cinema, Northern Film School and Underwire Film Festival.

Raising Your Game

Bringing our expertise as campaigners and community builders, Raising Your Game is a bespoke training session that covers our research into the real situation and needs of parents and carers working across the UK screen sector. Aimed at productions, production companies, festivals and conferences, training schemes and educational institutions.

We draw on five years of intersectional qualitative and quantitative data, drawn from our three reports and our community interviews and testimonials, to identify the break-points that are leading to attrition and exclusion, and offer targeted bespoke insights for becoming a care-led, inclusive organisation with strategies that benefit all employees and contractors.

With guest speakers from across our community and the screen sector, and expert researchers on hand, we offer presentations and training designed to your organisation’s needs. We have experience with providing both online and digital sessions, for small and medium-sized groups, and we provide access to all our reports – and some uniquely Raising Films colouring-in sheets!

Right from the point of commissioning the session I was really impressed with Raising Films’ professional approach, it made me feel like I was in safe hands. The session itself offered a range of insights for our staff team. The combination of presentations, guest speakers and video interviews clearly demonstrated Raising Films’ wealth of knowledge about the challenges faced by parents and carers working across film and TV, gathered both anecdotally and through their survey findings and reports. The Q&A session at the end gave us the opportunity to dig in a little further and our team really got a lot out of this session – thank you Raising Films!” Rupert Jones‑Lee​, Support Programme Manager, Film & TV Charity

Fill in the contact form below to receive more information on content and cost or to express interest in booking a Raising Your Game session. We’ll be in touch!

Making It Possible

With a strong focus on peer-to-peer support this personal and professional development programme for parents and carers has taken place in locations across the UK and more recently totally online.

Making It Possible is specifically aimed at parents and/or carers across all roles in film and TV who are navigating their way back into the industry after a caring break due to parental and/or caring responsibilities. Or who have already returned but feel their career has stagnated.

The aims of the 2020 online programme were to enhance personal development, to enforce and enable participants professional development and build resilience; which in the midst of a global pandemic and production grinding to a halt – was more imperative than ever before.

Every participant left the programme with strengthened confidence in their skillset amidst these uncertain times with:

  • A professional development plan.
  • Tools to build resilience and manage their wellbeing as they execute the plan.
  • Peer support network to sustain them beyond the period of the course.
  • The offer of 1-2-1 support.
  • Opportunities circulated via the Slack groups, emails. and socials.

Participants take part in group discussions, have access to resources and are assigned a buddy to work with through the programme, a relationship that often continues beyond the scope of the programme.

Every iteration of Making It Possible has at its core the wonderful Blaire Palmer, a coach and confidante for senior leaders and teams. Blaire leads all the sessions and brings her 20 years of experience to help participants recognise and overcome obstacles and unearth a way of working that is authentic and based on their values and priorities.

Participant feedback:

“It’s given me a sense of confidence and more importantly some practical tools for tackling obstacles I may face in my career. It’s kickstarted a programme of self care and action planning that I hope will ensure I stay on my path!”

“It has given me a focus at a time when I’m trying to move forward with my career. It has also helped me identify some of the personal issues I’ve had that have hindered my work, and try to move past them.”

“It has really helped me to think positively and constructively to start to make steps out of a situation of complete paralysis and to move forwards to getting back into work. In addition to the thinking part, I have actually taken some concrete steps and begun work on a new project. I was grateful for the connection with other people in a similar situation.”

“It has made me bolder and more ambitious – much of the work I’ve done these past few months wouldn’t have been done without this course.”

Training-related stories

Here’s a selection of our recent posts and stories related to our training programmes and support for our community.


MIP 2020, that’s a wrap!

December, 2020|

The latest iteration of our ScreenSkills supported Making It Possible personal and career development programme has now reached an end for our three groups [...]