NFTS Scotland: Intimacy Co-ordination Workshop Online

Short course


Delivered in the NFTS Cymru Wales Virtual Classroom accessed via Zoom, in partnership with NFTS Leeds.

Increasingly screen productions engage Intimacy Coordinators to work with actors and production when filming intimate content. Shows like Bridgerton, Sex Education, I Hate Suzie and I May Destroy You have brought powerful scenes of intimacy to the screen, to a great extent because of the contribution Intimacy Coordinators who are becoming an integral part of the filming process. In her BAFTA acceptance speech, Michaela Coel thanked Intimacy Coordinators “for making the space safe, for creating physical, emotional and professional boundaries so that we can make work about exploitation, loss of respect, about abuse of power without being exploited or abused in the process.” However, it’s not just about preventing harm, it is about creating the space for everyone to do their best work in safety and comfort for the sake of the narrative.

This interactive 3 hour course is aimed at all crew members working in film and television drama production who interact with or are affected by the work of ICs (from Directors and Producers, 1st ADs, Costume, Makeup, Stunts and Camera as well as others like Chaperones). It will explore the role of the IC, how they work with other departments and production personnel to create the best environment for the best work.

Course content will include:

• What is included in the concept of “intimacy” on screen;
• The history of the role and why it is so needed;
• What is an intimacy coordinator and how do they work?
• The roles and responsibilities of different departments and crew members working with actors and ICs 
• What happens before during and after filming intimate scenes
• Closed set protocols
• Assessing Risk and how to mitigate it
• Further resources

By the end of the workshop learners will:

• Understand the purpose of working with ICs
• Know how the ICs work and integrate with the rest of a production team and on set crew
• Understand how to work collaboratively and effectively with ICs from the perspective of their own role

About the Tutor
Intimacy Coordinator and lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Vanessa Coffey (, is one of a small but growing number of Intimacy Coordinators in the UK. She has worked across a wide range of theatre and screen productions including Sky’s I Hate Suzie, Netflix’s Fate: The Winx Saga, Sky’s Wolfe, BBC/Mammoth Films War of the Worlds Season 2, Valhalla for MGM/Netflix, and BBC Scotland’s Float. Over the course of her career, she has held courses and presentations in the UK and internationally, contributed to the Directors UK Guidelines: Directing Nudity and Simulated Sex, and founded the Intimacy Practitioners’ Guild (IPG) Europe alongside fellow industry professionals.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £75
Corporate Rate: £155

Bursaries are available for those who are eligible.


A limited number of bursaries are available for all of our short courses. If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria, or can pay for the course by other means.

Please apply as far in advance of the course date as possible to give yourself the best chance of securing a supported place, as we may not be able to accommodate all applications. We aim to advise successful applicants no later than 10 working days prior to the course start date. 

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application, and supporting documents, should be submitted to

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines (Word doc)

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form (pdf)

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document (pdf) which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please submit your application in plenty of time as timescales for funders differ. 


How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

This course is not currently scheduled. Please contact to register your interest.