BAME Leadership Programme

Do you have the potential to be a future leader in the film industry?  

We are proud to announce the return of our BAME LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME with Creative Skillset, a six month programme to rigorously encourage diverse representation in the film industry, bringing on the next generation of diverse talent working at Executive level in production, commissioning distribution, sales and exhibition.

We are looking for 6 talented emerging film business executives from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background with a proven track record and the potential to lead in their industry to take part.

As one of our 6 successful applicants you will undertake an intense six month programme of individual training, coaching and mentoring allowing you to rapidly develop your career confidence in today's industry whilst also building your leadership skills.

Programme Outline

The six month programme will start in Februay 2017, ending August 2017.

The programme will kick off with a 2 day immersive bootcamp for the group as a whole – sessions will focus on building and honing leadership skills. You will gain a wide ranging insight into the financing, sale, business affairs, marketing, domestic and international marketing/distribution of film, including up-to-date analysis of current market and financing conditions, and the practical and negotiation skills required to facilitate a project’s success.

Participants will be matched with a mentor (a senior executive) for the duration of the initiative, and will be allocated sessions with a career coach.

In addition to the above, each participant will be able to access a dedicated bespoke training pot to meet their specific training needs and to attend additional courses and events between March and the close of the initiative.


This course is aimed at changing the representation of people from diverse backgrounds at influential levels in the film business. We are looking for applications from talented emerging executives from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background with a proven track record (at least 2–3 years’ experience) of working at Executive level in film production, distribution, sales or exhibition and the potential to lead in their industry.

Please note this is a Film and Business programme and is therefore not targeted at creative talent (producers, writers, directors).


The bootcamp will be held at Ingenious Media, London, W1F

Locations for bespoke training will take place at the NFTS, London and other locations.

Number of places: 6

Fees: £1000

How To Apply

Please contact for an application pack.

Deadline for applications Monday 9 January 2017

About Creative Skillset's Film Skills Fund

Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund is funded by the British Film Institute (BFI) with National Lottery funds and through the Skills Investment Funds, which comprise industry and Government co-investment.

The Film Skills Fund is part of the Film Skills Strategy, which addresses the vital skills and training needs of the film industry to deliver maximum economic and cultural return: to create jobs, strengthen skills, build skills for the future, and ensure world-class film education.

This fund supports the BFI Film Forever strategic priority ‘Supporting the future success of British film’. The fund aims to not only help UK film companies build scale, international ambition and reach, and become more sustainable, but to encourage UK leadership in film.

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