Training Courses

Elevate: Introduction to Leadership 2016

28/09/2016 - 09/12/2016

Arnolfini, Bristol

Applications now closed.

You’re a manager in film exhibition. You’re passionate and make a big contribution to your business, but you’ve never had the chance to sit down and learn key management skills that could make your life easier, your goals clearer and change the way you approach your job. Until now…

Elevate: Introduction to Leadership is your opportunity to learn practical management skills to make sure your film career is moving in the right direction. This bespoke training experience will accelerate your development through a holistic approach, with expert support, coaching and peer-to-peer learning.

I feel it has changed the course of my career, I now have a better understanding of my own objectives and how to manage downwards.” Elevate participant

Participants will gain:  

  • A greater ability to inspire and manage teams (including external clients and suppliers);
  • Improved confidence and renewed motivation in their work;
  • A wider network of contacts to help them to grow sustainable businesses;
  • A clear set of individual career aims and objectives and ability to articulate their professional development plan.

“Learning that things I thought were beyond my grasp are doable and achievable has given me a lot of confidence going forward in my role and the course facilitator has been great.” Elevate participant


28/09/2016 - 09/12/2016





Who is it for?

We are looking for ambitious people working in managerial positions within film exhibition. You should have had 1-2 years+ experience in management roles. Roles might include Programming, Marketing, Publicity, Finance, Venue Management, Audience Development, Education and Outreach Managers. We also welcome applications from entrepreneurs running exhibition enterprises. Successful applicants will:

  • Want to grow or step up their position within their organisation;
  • Be new to or have recently entered a management position;
  • Have a proven track record in the film industry;
  • Show commitment to their chosen career path;
  • Understand how they may inform the management culture of their organisation, specific sector and wider industry;

A clear set of individual career aims and objectives and ability to articulate their professional development plan.

How is the course taught?

    • Four modules of management skills workshops : Management Styles, Time Management, Inspiring Others and Coaching;
    • Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI):  This tool identifies personal value systems, motivators and individual personal management styles and can help you deepen your self-awareness, become a better manager and improve your relationships;
    • Action learning : regular group meetings to find ways of understanding and solving issues. The sessions are structured to allow everyone time to air their challenges;
    • Individual coaching sessions and peer networking.

When will the course run?

Course dates are:

28 & 29 September

19 & 20 October

17 & 18 November

8 & 9 December

The first day will run from 10am – 6pm, while the second day will run from 10am – 1pm.
All 4 modules of the course will take place at Bristol’s Arnolfini.

If you are a woman with 3+ years in a senior management role, you should consider applying for our Women’s Leadership course.

Supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded directly by industry through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF), as well as by the National Lottery via the BFI.

Photo credit: George Torode


Four practical modules, in which delegates will build their management confidence through self-awareness, feedback and the development of a proactive team development plan. The first day will run from 10am – 6pm and be a ‘taught’ module, while the second day will run from 10am – 1pm and involve Action Learning. These are regular group meetings to find ways of understanding and solving issues.  The sessions are structured to allow everyone time to air their challenges.

Practical Course Schedule:

Module 1: The High Performing Positive Manager
28 & 29 September

Understanding your management style, the strengths and weaknesses of this leadership profile and the impact they have on other, Influencing others, Motivating different personalities within a team.

Module 2: Time and Team

19 & 20 October

Time Management, Work/Life balance, Creating a Team Action Plan, Setting the Direction, Enabling progress and Retaining the Team Connection

Module 3: Inspiring Others

17 & 18 November
Having a positive presence, Maximising your strengths, Getting ‘buy in’ to your ideas, Giving and receiving feedback, Managing nerves

Module 4: Strengths based coaching
14 & 15 December

Positive coaching, Supporting others,Setting expectations and understanding personal strengths, Appreciating and motivating towards greater success, Hitting ‘Road bumps’

Coaching Schedule
In addition to the practical sessions, you will also receive 3 x 1:1 coaching sessions between September and December to help you set individual career aims and objectives and articulate your professional development plan


Alexzandra Jackson

Education Manager, Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre

Film Hub Central/East

Amy Smart

Project Manager, Flatpack: Assemble, Flatpack Projects

Film Hub South West & West Midlands

Jackie Jones

Project Manager, They Eat Culture

Film Hub North West

Jonny Courtney

Senior Film Programmer, Independent Cinema Office

Film Hub London

Kirsty Tough

Marketing Manager, Centre for the Moving Image

Film Hub Scotland

Luke Collins

Deptuy Director, LUX Scotland

Film Hub Scotland

Maren Hobein

Project Co-ordinator for Film, Goethe-Institut London

Film Hub London

Paul Gallagher

Marketing Manager, Glasgow Film

Film Hub Scotland

Sarah Chorley

Development Director, London Short Film Festival

Film Hub London

Tiffany Holmes

Film Hub Coordinator/Manager

Film Hub South West & West Midlands

Yoan Segot

Venue Manager, The Rio Cinema

Film Hub London

Wendy Cook

General Manager, Hyde Park Picture House

Film Hub North


Lucy Ryan

As an executive coach, consultant and trainer for the last 20 years, Lucy is passionate about developing leaders so that their confidence, impact and natural talents grow and flourish throughout their leadership journey. This means she is fascinated with helping teams and individuals find their voice; develop their presence; have impact in the Boardroom and lead and motivate their teams with passion and insight.

Jo Hale

Before becoming a coach, Jo worked for 17 years as a senior leader in RAC. She led large teams through change, business transformation and creating the strategy for the sales operation. Her particular focus was around developing her team to deliver growth for the business and also their individual growth through coaching and team development programmes. Since leaving RAC, Jo has worked with senior and junior leaders supporting them to achieve their goals in business and on a personal level.

Fiona Parashar

Fiona spent 12 years in leading roles at top advertising and media international agencies Ogilvy, Lintas and McCann Erickson. She later jointly ran Universal McCann, with clients ranging from Nestle and Sky to L’Oréal and Coca-Cola, before leaving to set up Leadership Coaching in 2000.

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