Guiding Lights 8 – open for applications – deadline: 5pm, Monday 14 March 2016

Guiding Lights
Guiding Lights is the UK’s leading film mentoring scheme, managed by Lighthouse and supported by Creative Skillset and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) through Screen Training Ireland.

For a third year running, Film Hub South East is pleased to be partnering with the programme to support the participation of one exhibition professional from the South East (Berkshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex).

The areas of focus and type of roles we are looking to support may include but are not limited to:

– Cinema managers
– Cinema marketing managers
– Programmers
– Community cinema directors/managers
– Freelancers working within the cultural exhibition sector
– Film festival directors/producers/programmers

Selected participants will benefit from 9 months of one-to-one mentor support from a leading professional in their field. Alongside directors, producers and screenwriters such as Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli, Alex Garland, Abi Morgan, Kenneth Branagh, Clio Barnard, Paul Greengrass and Alison Owen, previous Guiding Lights exhibition mentors have included:

– Sandra Hebron – film curator and consultant, and former Head of BFI Festivals and Artistic Director, BFI London Film Festival
– Mark Cosgrove – Cinema Curator, Watershed
– Helen Dewitt – Head of Cinemas, BFI
– David Sin – Head of Cinemas, ICO
– Ian Christie – film curator, scholar and former Vice-President of Europa Cinemas
– Mark Dobson – Chief Executive, Tyneside Cinema

The programme includes a trip to Galway Film Fleadh, and a range of industry training events, networking and informal get-togethers. The selected exhibition candidate will also benefit from bespoke exhibition focused training sessions, and bursary support to enable them to follow their mentor during the key phases of a national film festival/event.

For further details about Guiding Lights, including previous participant case studies and FAQs, please visit Lighthouse’s website:


Testimonials from previous exhibition mentees:

“The first meeting with my mentor was so inspiring, and immediately gave me things I could take away and put into action […] Mentoring has enabled me to take a step back from my work and get valuable perspective on my position in the sector. Other times it’s enabled me to really focus in on some matters in detail. I really value and look forward to the contact I have with my mentor, and feel that our meetings have brought about little shifts in my thinking, and offered new ways of looking at things.”

David Parker (Creative Producer, Oska Bright Film Festival) mentored by Mark Dobson (Chief Executive, Tyneside Cinema)


“Guiding Lights offers so much more than just ‘networking’ – it becomes an invaluable place of trust.” 

Rebecca Marshall (Co-founding Director, The Electric Palace Cinema) – mentored by Ian Christie (film historian and consultant, ex-Vice President of Europa Cinemas)


“Being part of the Guiding Lights scheme has included several invaluable training sessions including a PR masterclass with Sarah Harvey who has almost 20 years experience working within the film industry liaising between press and festival organisations. Sarah gave each of us one-on-one advice and was able to fill in many grey or even blank areas I had regarding my own practice. It was perfect timing for my film programme as there were two important screenings coming up that I was looking for guidance on.”

Jonathan Hyde (Programmer, Eyes Wide Open) mentored by Helen Dewitt(Head of Cinemas, BFI)