Training Courses

FEDS 2022

09/05/2022 - 10/02/2023

Applications for FEDS 2022 Traineeships are now closed.

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


09/05/2022 - 10/02/2023

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

You can read more detail about lack of representation in the film industry here and more about recruitment and the Equality Act here.

FEDS 2022 is supported by the BFI Audience Fund.

What's involved

  • 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

The FEDS experience

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

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