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DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER SHADOWING SCHEME


Northern Ireland Screen is seeking applications for its Director and Producer Shadowing scheme. The purpose of the scheme is to enable short film directors and producers to ‘step up’ from short films to longer form projects.

  • The scheme will be open on a rolling basis.
  • Potential applicants are asked to apply to the scheme only when they meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Applicants must clearly demonstrate how they meet the eligibility criteria in their application.
  • If accepted onto the scheme, eligible applicants will be put forward for placements as either Assistants to the Director(s) or Producer(s) on Northern Ireland Screen funded productions.
  • Being accepted onto the scheme does not guarantee that you will be either shortlisted or hired as a Director’s Assistant or Producer’s Assistant.
  • Applicants who receive placements on productions will be employed by Northern Ireland Screen for the duration of the placement.
  • Placements will be paid at Real Living Wage.

The priority sectors covered by the scheme are:

  • Children’s TV Drama
  • Daytime Continuing TV Drama
  • Network TV Drama
  • Independent Film
  • Large Scale Production

Where is it based?

  • The roles will be on Northern Ireland Screen funded productions filming in various locations normally within Northern Ireland.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, Northern Ireland needs to be your primary residence for tax purposes.

Placement duration:

  • Each participant will be given no more than two placement opportunities.
  • Where possible each placement opportunity will comprise of no less than a cumulative total of 30 days on set experience. This may be split across several productions.
  • Once an applicant has completed a cumulative total of 30 days on set experience, they cannot re-apply to the scheme.

Criteria: 

Sector                                                             Required Criteria

Childrens’ TV Drama and Continuing TV Drama ·         2 short fiction films [1 unfunded, 1 funded] funded through an Irish, UK or international public body/broadcaster/distribution platform.
Independent Film ·         Successful completion of Children’s TV Drama or Continuing Drama shadow placement.

OR

·         3 short fiction films [1 unfunded, 2 funded] funded through an Irish, UK or international public body/broadcaster/distribution platform.

UK Network TV Drama

 

·         Successful completion of Independent Film shadow placement

OR

·         3 short fiction films [1 unfunded, 2 funded] funded through an Irish, UK or international public body/broadcaster/distribution platform.

AND

·         For Director Shadowing: Directed an episode of a Children’s TV Drama or Continuing TV Drama

·         For Producer Shadowing: Produced a block of a Children’s TV Drama or Continuing TV Drama

Large Scale Production ·         Successful completion of a UK Network TV Drama shadow placement.

OR

·         Produced or Directed 1 distributed fiction feature film or 1 UK Network TV Drama series (excluding Children’s and Continuing TV Drama).

Applications will also be accepted for all sectors except UK Network Drama and Large-Scale production from candidates who meet the following criteria:

Please click HERE to apply.

Deadline: 12 noon on Friday 29th March 2024

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