Training Courses

Elevate: Introduction to Leadership 2022

13/07/2022 - 06/12/2022

London & online

Applications for Elevate: Introduction to Leadership are now closed.

You’re a manager in film exhibition. You’re passionate and make a big contribution to your organisation, but you’ve never had the chance to sit down and learn the key management skills that will 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 exhibition career is moving in the right direction. This bespoke training experience will accelerate your professional development through a holistic approach, with expert support, coaching and peer-to-peer learning.

We want to make the film industry more inclusive. People who are Black, Asian or ethnically diverse and people who consider themselves to have a disability are underrepresented in cinema and film festival jobs. That’s why we particularly welcome applications from these groups.


13/07/2022 - 06/12/2022
London & online



About the course

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 the ability to articulate their professional development plan.

Who is it for?

We are looking for ambitious people working in or towards managerial positions within film exhibition. 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 their position or step up 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;

Through the course participants will gain 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: The High Performing Positive Manager, Time and Team, Inspiring Others and Strengths Based 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.
  • Individual coaching sessions and peer-to-peer networking.

When will the training run?

The training will run over the course of the second half of 2022, starting with an online session on Friday 8th July and an in-person session on Wednesday 13th July.

Full schedule:

  • 10am – 12pm, Friday 8th July (online)
  • 10am – 4pm, Wednesday 13th July (in-person, London)
  • 10am – 12pm, Tuesday 13th Sept (online)
  • 10am – 12pm, Tuesday 18th Oct (online)
  • 10am – 12pm, Tuesday 15th Nov (online)
  • 10am – 4pm, Tuesday 6th Dec (in-person, London)

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

Elevate participant


Mary Langan, Coach, Leadership Coaching

Mary loves learning and is driven by a desire to support people to grow in their roles as individuals and leaders.

Before becoming a trainer and coach, Mary spent 20 years working in media companies including 14 years at BBC Worldwide in sales and commercial leadership roles. During all their leadership roles, they were determined that people had the right training and support to enable them to be the best they could be in their roles and to progress.

That interest led them to leave the corporate world 13 years ago and embark on a new journey focused on training, facilitating and coaching teams and individuals. Mary’s experience of recruiting and building teams across disciplines has given them a real understanding of the challenges managers face when working to create outstanding teams.

Mary is a qualified coach with the Association of Coaching and a certified practitioner in character strengths tool Tilt365.

Their facilitation style is approachable, friendly, and practical, supported by sound theory. They like to encourage conversation, challenge thinking and stretch people’s mindsets to explore opportunities for growth. The workshops are interactive and experiential.

Catharine Des Forges, Director, ICO

Catharine is Director of the Independent Cinema Office. She founded it in 2003 and continues to lead on the overall strategy and development of the company.

Prior to founding the ICO, Catharine worked at the BBC, the BFI, Arts Council England, as a Senior Programmer at the National Film Theatre, programmed the Encounters Film Festival in Bristol and worked as a freelance film programmer both in the UK and internationally.

She has an MA in Film & Television from the University of London, has lectured in film and media at a number of UK universities, and is an experienced moderator and Q&A host as well as a contributor to a number of UK newspapers and magazines. She sits on the Steering Group for London’s Screen Archives and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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