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FEDS 2017: Film Exhibition, Distribution & Sales Trainee Scheme [#filmFEDS]

Are you passionate about film and want to work in the industry, but are struggling to find your way in? 

FEDS is a scheme that gives you the ultimate head-start in film.

With an eight month long paid traineeship at a top film exhibition company, as well as mentoring and industry expert advice, you'll leave with a CV that will make you top of the list.

We are looking to recruit ambitious trainees from across the UK who can display these attributes:

  • A passion for film
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Experience of using Microsoft Office packages and email
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • A desire to learn
  • Applications have now closed for FEDS 2017


Mon 6 Mar 2017 to Fri 29 Sep 2017

Supported by

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Trainees will undertake an office-based placement in an independent film exhibition company (read more here about what these companies do).

This scheme is specifically designed to redress the imbalances in representation in the film industry. We will prioritise applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people and those who consider themselves to be disabled, which are underrepresented groups in the film industry* (4% are BAME and less than 5% are those who consider themselves to be disabled).**

What's involved

  • Placements will commence on Monday 6 March 2017 and run until Friday 27 October 2017 (34 weeks)
  • Placements are available in a range of host venues across the UK (see here for list of participating organisations)
  • Trainees will work full time (defined as 35 hours per week) in host companies, and will regularly attend training sessions with the other trainees, which will further enhance their employability skills and knowledge of the film industry
  • Trainees will be paid a monthly training allowance equivalent to the London Living Wage (this is £295.05 per week and is exempt from tax and National Insurance)
  • Trainees will be entitled to 16 days annual leave, subject to agreement with their host organisation
  • Travel bursaries will be available to help trainees pay for attending the industry training sessions
  • Trainees must....

  • Be new entrants to the film industry i.e. not have more than twelve months industry work experience, be it continuous or discontinuous/paid or unpaid.
  • Be UK residents and eligible to work in the UK.

This scheme is delivered in partnership with the Film Distributors' Association (FDA) and Film Export UK. It has been funded by the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of ‘A Bigger Future 2’, the UK film skills strategy. The Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund is supported by the National Lottery through the BFI and the film industry through the Skills Investment Fund. The traineeship at Queen's Film Theatre, Belfast is made possible by the BFI Film Audience Network.


*This scheme is delivered under section 37 of the Race Relations Act.

** Data quoted from the Creative Media Workforce Survey 2014 published by Creative Skillset. Visit their website for further data relating to the diversity of the UK film industry workforce.  

Photo credit: George Torode

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