Training for diverse filmmakers – Widening the Lens

A three month training and developing programme from Encounters for new and emerging filmmakers from diverse backgrounds.  The course aims to address and improve diversity within the filmmaking industry. 
Applicatons are now closed.

Widening the Lens – Developing New Talent

The course is designed to remove barriers and increase opportunities for underrepresented filmmakers at an early stage in their career.

The course will take 15 filmmakers through a dedicated programme including workshops, masterclasses and one to one mentoring with industry professionals to complete a personal project and further develop their skills and knowledge.

The course is FREE and we have limited bursaries available for travel and childcare.

This programme is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds.

What is the course?

This is a free, three month training opportunity for new and emerging filmmakers from underrepresented groups.

There will be a 2 day session in March in Bristol, comprising of workshops and masterclasses with leading Industry experts to help develop your skills and knowledge around pre-production, funding getting your work made, exhibition and festival strategies.

Shortlisted candidates will then be matched with a mentor to work on a three month personal development plan, and the course will finish with a celebration day in Bristol, in May.

Who can apply?

Filmmakers at an early stage in their career, from any of the identified underrepresented groups can apply.  These are:

  • Filmmakers from a BAME background
  • Filmmakers with disabilities
  • LGBT+ Filmmakers
  • Female Filmmakers

Filmmakers must be UK based

Unsure about eligibility?  Please email

Key dates:

Candidates MUST be available for all of the course dates part 1 and 2, in Bristol.  Bursaries for travel are available.

Deadline for applications: Feb 3 2017
Applicants informed:
Feb 22 2017
Course – Part 1: Two day course on March 2 and 3 2017
Projects – Mentoring sessions with designated mentor ( these can be remote sessions  and done from filmmaker location): Cadidates will work on a personal development aim or project between March – May 2017 with a mentor.
Course – Part 2: One day course – May 26 2017

How to apply?




Successful applicants will be able to apply for bursaries to cover childcare and travel.

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