Applications for FEDS 2022 Traineeships are now open.
Deadline for applications is Thursday 10 February at 12pm (midday).
Are you passionate about film but are struggling to find a way in to work in the industry? FEDS is a ground-breaking scheme designed to give newcomers to the film industry the ultimate head-start.
Offering a ten-month paid traineeship in the film exhibition sector, as well as mentoring and expert industry advice, you’ll leave with a CV that will help put you at the top of the list.
We are recruiting ambitious trainees from across the UK who can demonstrate these attributes:
- A passion for cinema
- An interest in helping people discover new films to watch
- Excellent communication skills
- Experience of using Microsoft Office programmes and email
- The ability to work as part of a team
- A desire to learn
Who is it for?
The FEDS training scheme recruits new entrants to the film industry in order to help make the industry workforce more reflective of UK society.
In latest statistics just 4% of employees in film exhibition are from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds (compared to 13% in the general population) and less than 5% consider themselves to have a disability (compared to 11% in the general population). See page 18 here for full details.
For the FEDS scheme we will prioritise applications from people who consider themselves to be from these groups:
- Black, Asian and ethnically diverse people
- Those who identify as disabled
FEDS 2022 is supported by the BFI Audience Fund.
- Trainees will undertake an office-based placement in an independent film exhibition company. FEDS 2022 placements are available at: Belfast Film Festival (Belfast), BFI (London), Broadway (Nottingham), Depot (Lewes), Flatpack Festival (Birmingham) and Hippodrome Silent Film Festival (Falkirk).
- Placements will run from Monday 9 May 2022 to Friday 10 February 2023.
- Trainees will work full time (defined as 35 hours per week) in their organisation, and will regularly attend training sessions with the other trainees, which will further enhance their employability skills and wider knowledge of the film industry.
- Trainees will be employed on a fixed-term basis for the duration of their training and paid UK or London Living Wage (depending on the location of their placement).
- Trainees will be entitled to 20 days annual leave.
“Before FEDS, working in the film industry seemed like a completely unattainable goal. As a direct result of this programme, I found a job in the industry before my placement had even finished. It’s literally changed my life and given me both the confidence and the skills I need to forge a lasting career.” – FEDS Alumni
We will be holding a series of information sessions over Zoom where you can find out more about FEDS 2022 placements and ask any questions you may have about the scheme and the application process. Please register for the session of your choice using the links below.
The FEDS experience
Learn more about the FEDS experience with these blog posts by some of our past trainees:
- Patrice Robinson – Community Cinema: Handing film back to the people
- Asif Vehvaria – Archiving film: the final stop in a film’s journey?
- Aisha Jan – Documentaries are Real Films too
- Chris Kumar – Fighting the elements: running a festival in the eye of a storm
- Roisin Mullins – Why short films matter
- Umulkhayr Mohamed – Decolonising the Conversation around Diversity
How to apply
If you are interested in applying, please submit the application form via the Google Form here.
The deadline for applications is Thursday 10 February at 12pm (midday).
If you have any questions about the application process, you should be able to find answers in this document here.
If this document doesn’t answer your questions, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly at email@example.com.
Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be notified no later than Thursday 10 March. Due to the volume of applications we will not be able to give feedback to candidates who have not been shortlisted. If you do not hear from us before this date then please assume that you have not been shortlisted.
- 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.