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The National Film and Television School has launched a six-month BAME Leadership Programme in partnership with Creative Skillset, which will run between February and August 2017 in London. The programme, which ran for the first time in 2016, has been conceived to rigorously encourage diverse representation in the film industry and to bring on the next generation of diverse talent working at executive level in production, distribution, sales and exhibition.

The NFTS is looking for six talented emerging film business executives from a BAME (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 to take part. The successful applicants will undertake an intense six-month programme of individual training, coaching and mentoring allowing them to rapidly develop their career confidence in today’s industry whilst also building leadership skills.

Executives who took part in the 2016 programme include BFI Vision Award winning, Rachelle Constant and successful film programmer and producer, Sophia Ramcharan of Stella Vision Productions and Broadway Cinema.

Rachelle says: “I found the NFTS Leadership Programme hugely beneficial and a great learning experience that has given me the skills to progress in my career. The two day boot camp was hugely informative and varied. All the people who gave up their time to come and talk to us and share their views and anecdotes were fantastic”

Sophia says: “I would recommend people to apply for this scheme because it is a unique opportunity to access a training programme that is bespoke to the individual’s needs and requirements. Alongside the calibre of mentors that you are matched with, and the affiliation with the National Film and Television School, this is absolutely a rare and priceless opportunity.”

“For me the scheme helped to focus my career objectives within an international context and increase my networks. I believe that diversity in film is important from a business point of view; the film industry should reflect the demographic of its customers and seek out the most talented professionals, regardless of ethnicity. The NFTS BAME Leadership Programme forges those connections and raises the profile of the participants. I know from my work in exhibition that customers are thirsty for new perspectives. There are rich stories and narratives to be told from a cross-cultural point of view and it would be ridiculous not to capitalise on these opportunities by supporting diversity in the film and TV industry.”

Programme outline: The programme will kick off with a two-day immersive boot camp 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.

Find out more: nfts.co.uk/bame-leadership-programme

Please contact: shortcourses@nfts.co.uk for an application pack

Deadline for applications is Monday 9th January 2017.