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06 November 2019

Applications Open for WFTV Mentoring Scheme in Northern Ireland *Now Closed*

We are delighted to announce that applications for our pioneering new mentoring scheme in Northern Ireland are now open. The innovative programme is designed to help Northern Irish women who have more than five years’ experience working in TV production, who are now looking to take the next step in their career.

The 2019 WFTV Mentoring Scheme participants

For the last decade, WFTV has run an industry leading scheme in London which has set new standards due to its uniquely effective approach to training. This has attracted top industry players such as Jay Hunt, Creative Director, Europe, Worldwide Video, Apple; Peter Fincham, Co-CEO, Expectation Entertainment; Sarah Gavron, director and Danny Cohen, President, Access Entertainment to become mentors.

Now  we want to offer women in Northern Ireland those same opportunities.

WFTV Chair, Liz Tucker said: “WFTV is determined to ensure our organisation serves all the women of the UK, not just those based in London and the south east of England. So this year, we have been very focussed in developing a new strategy to increase the events and activities we run across the UK. The new mentoring scheme in Northern Ireland is a pivotal part of this strategy”.

In the first year, the Northern Irish mentoring scheme will be run for six women and the aim is – subject to sponsorship funding – for this number to grow every year. Each of the chosen mentees will receive six hours of mentoring over six months with an experienced industry insider and would also receive telephone and email support. In addition, they will also be able to Skype and network into additional training sessions in the London edition of the WFTV Mentoring Scheme.

Former mentees of the London scheme have found their careers transformed by the programme, these women include Hannah Demidowicz, who went on to become first a commissioner at National Geographic and then a commissioning editor at TCB rights; Christiana Ebohon-Green who became a director on the TV series Call the Midwife; Georgia Brown who became Director of Original TV for Europe at Amazon; and Mercy Liao who became the Manager of Productions and Acquisitions at Universal Pictures International Productions in Beijing.

WFTV Chair Liz Tucker added: “We only have to look at the career paths of previous mentees to know our mentoring scheme really works and we are so excited to be able to offer those same opportunities to the women of Northern Ireland too”.

How to apply

If you are a self-motivated film or television professional, live and/or work in Northern Ireland, and have a demonstrable track record and specific goals we can match you with an experienced industry figure who will act as your mentor for six months.

WFTV is committed to equal opportunities and promoting and developing diversity and inclusivity across the industry, so it puts key targets in place for this mentoring scheme to ensure the scheme is both diverse and inclusive.

This scheme is for you if you are driven to succeed, but are facing a career challenge, such as:

  • Making the step up to the next level
  • Dealing with new responsibilities following a promotion
  • Setting up as a freelancer or running your own production company
  • Juggling family life with work life
  • Returning to work after maternity leave or redundancy
  • Making a move into a different discipline

As well as the input of a mentor you will also benefit from being able to Skype in and join sessions with our London mentoring group.

We would love to hear from you if you are:

  • A woman currently working in a production or business role within linear or multiplatform film, television or content creation. For example: producer, director, camera operator, agent, sound recordist, editor, scriptwriter, VFX, development, casting, set design, production manager or co-ordinator, distribution executive.
  • Have more than five years’ experience in the industry
  • Have at least five onscreen credits (or other suitable proof of achievement, where otherwise appropriate)
  • Able to attend a selection interview (expected to be scheduled in January-February 2020) if shortlisted.
  • Can commit to receiving six hours of mentoring in Northern Ireland between March 2020 – September 2020 via face-to-face meetings, email, telephone or Skype conversations as agreed with your mentor


The closing date for applications was 14:00 on Monday 6th January 2020.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview.


The Small Print

  1. Applicants must be UK residents.
  2. The scheme is not designed to:
    1. Provide training for women in entry level positions or who are trying to break into the industry for the first time
    2. Provide counselling
    3. Help on a specific project that is better suited to a consultancy e.g. Script editing
  3. The closing date is 14:00 Monday 6th January 2020. Applications received after that date will NOT be considered.
  4. If you haven’t been contacted by the end of January you have not been shortlisted.
  5. Due to the high number of applications we receive it is not possible to give individual feedback on unsuccessful applications.
  6. Mentors and mentees will be introduced by WFTV after a thorough application and selection process designed to identify those women who will most benefit from the scheme.
  7. Selected mentees MUST provide a headshot and 100 – 200 word bio to for use on the WFTV website and related publicity. Mentor matching will only commence for each candidate once a photo/bio has been received.
  8. Successful applicants agree to participate in any relevant publicity.