Following a highly competitive selection process, with more than 215 applications received from across the UK and Ireland, Lighthouse and Creative Skillset are delighted to reveal the new participants to join the eighth edition of the UK’s most prestigious mentoring scheme.
Made up of a diverse and ambitious group of film talent, this year’s participants bring with them a wide array of influences, sensibilities and stories, and alongside their film work are active across a range of formats, including fiction and documentary, adult and children’s TV, theatre, commercials, learning disability film exhibition and immersive cinema experiences.
Lisa Howe, Creative Skillset’s Industry Delivery Manager said: “Guiding Lights is the UK’s leading mentoring programme linking the best of new film talent to world-class film professionals. Alumni have gone on to achieve great success in the industry and we are delighted to continue to offer our support to this year’s round of new mentees and to track their exciting progress.”
In a major development for the scheme, Lighthouse is also pleased to announce a new partnership with Carousel’s Oska Bright Film Festival, to support the participation of exhibitors Becky Bruzas and Matthew Hellett.
Carousel helps learning disabled artists to develop and manage their creative lives, true to their voice and vision, and aims to challenge expectations of what great art is and who can create it. Their Oska Bright Film Festival is firmly established as a leading light in the showcasing of work by learning disabled filmmakers and artists, both nationally and internationally, and is managed and run by a creative team of learning disabled exhibitors.
Lighthouse’s Senior Producer Emily Kyriakides says: “We’re so thrilled to have Matthew and Becky on the scheme, and look forward to working with them over the coming months. This partnership has come about as a direct result of David Parker (Carousel’s Senior Producer Film and Digital) taking part as a mentee himself two years ago, and is an important opportunity to help us ensure the scheme is inclusive and accessible.”
David Parker adds: “Within the film industry, 63% of disabled people identified a need for training, compared with 47% of non-disabled people. Through this partnership, our aim is to respond to this need, as well as making an important statement about inclusion, in the hope that it will act as a springboard to further exposure and opportunities for learning disabled filmmakers, and help change public perception of learning disability film exhibition.”
Along with Carousel, Lighthouse is also partnering for a third time with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board through Screen Training Ireland to support the participation of a female director and a female writer, and Film Hub South East who are backing one South East exhibitor. Also returning to the scheme is STUDIOCANAL, who are sponsoring the programme for a sixth year running.
Directors – Aleem Khan, Baff Akoto, Julia Stovell, Kate Dolan, Lindsey Dryden
Producers – Jude Goldrei, Lizzie Brown, Ohna Falby, Sarah Brocklehurst
Writers – Ailbhe Keogan, Brian Martin, Kara Smith, Paven Virk, Ruth Paxton
Exhibitors – Becky Bruzas, Matthew Hellett, Sara Duffy
Find out more about the Guiding Lights 8 Mentees
ABOUT THE SCHEME
First launched in 2006, Guiding Lights is the UK film industry’s leading mentoring scheme, supporting emerging film talent through high-level mentoring and a range of training and networking activities.
During their time on the scheme, each mentee is matched with a leading film industry professional who provides advice and guidance over a nine-month period. The last Guiding Lights scheme saw, amongst others, Ben Wheatley (SIGHTSEERS, HIGH RISE), Andrew Macdonald (TRAINSPOTTING, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND), Matt Charman (SUITE FRANÇAIS, BRIDGE OF SPIES) and Walter Murch (APOCALYPSE NOW, THE ENGLISH PATIENT) join an illustrious list of former mentors, including Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli, Hossein Amini, Sam Mendes, Joanna Hogg, Alex Garland, Abi Morgan, Nira Park and Kenneth Branagh.
Find out more about the Guiding Lights Scheme.