It is important to speak to young people about roles in film because the industry will stagnate without new blood. It's that simple to me.

Catherine Geary, Locations Manager

We are delighted to be working closely with the UK film industry and industry partners such as the British Film Institute (BFI) and ScreenSkills to support education around screen industry careers through classroom based lessons and curriculum linked resources. Our new Careers Hub aims to keep you up-to-date with information and resources to help grow your learners' understanding of the film industry, and what opportunities are available to young people who want to explore working in the British film industry!

Students Said

After engaging with our Careers program...

84%

said their knowledge of specific skills needed for employment in the film industry had improved

60%

said they felt that working in the film industry was a real possibility for them

The UK has a global reputation for its leading work in the film and screen industries, but specific areas face acute skill shortages. Read the BFI Future Film Skills report that forecasts that the industry will need 10,000 new entrants by 2020 to continue to be as successful, meaning there are loads of new opportunities for young people to get involved!

There is a widely-held assumption that to take a job in the film-industry you need to study film or an arts subject. In fact, the job roles available in the film industry extend over and beyond that of the whole school curriculum. Whether you are a careers advisor, an interested parent, an educator, or a young person considering a career in the film industry, we are committed to being cross-curricular in our approach. To this end, our new joint-funded Who Makes A Film? map, created with ScreenSkills, is now available for you to use in your classroom, and demonstrates the different job roles and departments within film, and how they interlink.

The below resource refers to all of the UK's screen industries, and is available in both English and Welsh language.

There are so many different opportunities available. The depth of employment is so varied, from acting to directing, designing, producing, technical and administration roles, and beyond.

John Bright, Costume Designer

Explore our Careers Hub to discover our careers-focused resources, news stories and videos of industry professionals talking about their specific roles and giving tips for the best ways to follow in their footsteps and get into the industry. You'll also find careers-centred CPD and teacher training opportunities. Keep an eye on our Careers Hub for new announcements and resources coming soon!

For further information about film job roles visit ScreenSkills and check out the Creative Careers website which brings together careers information and opportunities from creative organisations in one explorable directory.

Get Into Film Network

The Get Into Film Network is a unique part of the Into Film offer, which allows young people of any age who have previously been engaged with one or more aspects of our work to keep in touch with us. They will receive the Get Into Film Network newsletter four times per year which is full of exclusive opportunities, including careers information, training opportunities, and details of schemes run by BAFTA, the BFI and more.

If you think the young people you work with could benefit from this, or are actively seeking a career in the screen industries, ask them to sign up here (or you can sign them up on their behalf with their permission).

Careers in the Nations

As with all of our activity, Into Film is keen to promote film careers across Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales as well as England, and indeed, the strategic bodies responsible for the respective screen industries across the UK all acknowledge the fantastic possibilities for new entrants into the industry. As such, we believe it's vital to educate students about the many jobs that are available in this exciting and vibrant sector.

Below, you can find relevant information and links that will help emphasise the exciting nature of the screen industries in your nation, and why young people should be encouraged to explore this vibrant career path.

Scotland

To emphasise the burgeoning screen industry in Scotland, in 2017, total location spend on film and TV production in Scotland reached £96.5m - a record high and an increase of 39% on 2016 (Source: Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Report).

For further information on the creative industries in Scotland, check out the Creative Industries Sector Skills Assessment Infographic, and you can also watch this short film that looks at the skills needs of Scotland's screen industries.

Wales

Earlier in 2019, the Welsh Assembly Culture Committe reported that the Welsh Government needed a new strategy to better tap into the flourishing screen industries in Wales, and highlighted a skills shortage that Into Film Cymru is working to resolve. 

This list of productions that have or will be released or broadcast this year alone illustrates the range of opportunities available to those chasing a career in the screen industries in Wales.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Screen offer one of the most developed initiatives promoting the screen industries among the nations, with our very own ScreenWorks programme being an invaluable asset. ScreenWorks provides opportunities for young people, giving them unparalleled access to industry professionals on 3-5 day work placement across all five screen sectors - Film, Television, Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects. Find out more below!