Training Courses

FEDS 2020: Film Exhibition, Distribution & Sales Trainee Scheme

16/03/2020 - 11/12/2020

Final dates TBC

FEDS (Film Exhibition, Distribution & Sales) is a ground-breaking scheme designed to give newcomers to the film industry the ultimate head-start.

Offering trainees a ten month long paid traineeship at a top film festival or cinema, as well as mentoring and industry expert advice, you’ll leave with a CV that will make you top of the list. FEDS 2020 runs from March to December 2020.

We are currently recruiting host organisations for FEDS 2020. Please click here for more information.

We will soon be seeking trainees FEDS 2020. Please see below for more details and how to register your interest.

Dates

16/03/2020 - 11/12/2020
Final dates TBC

For trainees

Are you passionate about film and want to work in the industry, but are struggling to find your way in? FEDS is our scheme giving you the ultimate head-start in film. 

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

We will soon start recruiting ambitious trainees from across the UK who can display these attributes:

  • A passion for film
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience of using Microsoft Office packages and email
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • A desire to learn

Trainees will undertake an office-based placement in an independent film exhibition company.

We want to make the film industry more inclusive. People of colour and people who consider themselves to have a disability are underrepresented in cinema and film festival jobs. That’s why we welcome applications from these groups.

Head of UK Audiences at BFI, Ben Luxford said, “Improving the representation of the industry’s workforce is one of the fundamental aims of BFI2022, so we are delighted to support the return of the ICO’s FEDS programme. It has a fantastic track record in successfully supporting diverse talent to forge great careers in the distribution and exhibition sectors, providing professional opportunities which help us all reach a broader range of audiences.”

If you are interested in becoming a FEDS trainee, sign up to our mailing list for training courses to receive an update when we open the scheme for applications. 

For host companies

We are now recruiting host organisations for FEDS 2020. Details on how to apply can be found below.

We hope to be able to offer five venues and festivals throughout the UK the chance to benefit from a full time entry-level member of staff for ten months in 2020. Host companies make a contribution of £6,500 towards the trainee’s monthly training allowance, which is then subsidised to Living Wage level. The ICO handles all recruitment, contracts, payments and other HR-related aspects of the scheme.

If you’d like to apply, please download an application form here, and once completed send to training@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk.

For more information about what the role of host organisation consists of, please download the Host Organisation FAQs here.

The deadline for host organisation applications is Monday 14th October.

The FEDS experience

Learn more about the FEDS experience with these blog posts by some of our past trainees:

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