Training Courses

FEDS 2015 - Film Exhibition, Distribution & Sales Trainee Scheme

01/01/2015 - 01/10/2015

The deadline for applications has now closed! 

The FEDS trainee scheme runs from January 2015 – December 2015. We aim to run the scheme again in 2016, pending securing funding to do so. For updates on future editions of FEDS and other training opportunities, please sign up to our training mailing list.

Do you love film and want to gain crucial industry experience?

Are you interested in how a film finds the right audience?

The FEDS trainee scheme aims to recruit a majority of candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds as these groups are underrepresented in the film industry. The scheme also seeks to recruit a high proportion of females and those who consider themselves to be disabled.

We are looking to recruit 12 ambitious trainees from across the UK who can display these attributes:

  • Passion for film
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Basic IT skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • A desire to learn


01/01/2015 - 01/10/2015

Trainees will undertake an office-based placement in a film distribution, independent exhibition or international sales company. As well as gaining hands-on experience of working in the film industry, the trainee placements will be enhanced with fortnightly classroom-based learning to provide the trainees with a brilliant general overview of the film industry.

What’s involved

    • Placements will commence in January 2015 and run until October 2015 (9 months).
    • Placements at distribution and international sales companies will take place in London due to the nature of the film industry, but placements in independent exhibition will take place in Edinburgh, Sheffield and Nottingham.
    • Trainees will work fulltime (defined as 35 hours per week) in host companies, and one day a fortnight they need to attend classroom sessions with the other trainees (location TBC in central London) 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 £262.50 per week and is exempt from tax and National Insurance).
    • Trainees will be entitled to at least 10 days annual leave subject to agreement with their host organisation.
    • Travel bursaries will be available to help trainees based outside of London make visits to the above 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.

The deadline for applications has now closed!

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.

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