In response to the 2015 film workforce survey findings – only 20% of CEOs and directors in UK film distribution are female, compared to 47% of the workforce.

Birds Eye View is launching their third round of Future Leaders in Distribution female leadership programme, supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

Future Leaders in Distribution is a leadership training programme for women, those who identify as women across the spectrum: transgender, non-cisgender and non-binary, with 7+ years of film distribution experience and who have the ambition to run/own a distribution business or operate at a higher executive level.

The course will comprise of 13 sessions across 4 months involving workshops, panels, peer networking, tailored mentoring, business coaching and a regional business trip for each individual participant. It is designed to fit into a full-time work schedule and consists of group sessions and solo sessions. It’s a blend of workshops, mentoring, networking and tailored coaching.

Leadership exists at all levels in organisations and businesses. In order to operate as effective leaders, we need to feel comfortable in our own skins and to speak with confidence in our own authentic style. Leadership also involves understanding our skills and believing in our business so we can inspire and lead others. This is the only continued professional development programme designed to address the lack of women at the top of the UK distribution sector.

How it works

Future Leaders in Distribution endeavours to arm and inspire 8-10 participants in their career goals, and entrepreneurial ambitions, in order that the next film workforce census figures, on female management in film distribution, climb beyond 30%.

Birds’ Eye View’s diversity targets for this programme are to achieve minimum participation rates of 100% female participants | 40% Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic participants| 10% those who consider themselves disabled.

  • The fee is £650 (bursaries are available).
  • The deadline date for applications Wed 14th November 12:00
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified on Thurs 15th November (end of day), and must be available for an in-person or Skype interview on Friday 16th November, between 10:00-14:30 or Mon 19th November, between 10:00-13:00.
  • Successful applicants will be notified on Tuesday 20th November 2018.
  • If you are not able to make all the dates, please do not apply.

Please read the guidelines and schedule (download) before applying.

Find out more and apply here.