Screen Training Ireland, part of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB), has announced that it is supporting an Irish writer (or writer/director) to participate in the ninth edition of Guiding Lights, the UK’s most prestigious film mentoring scheme.

The deadline date for applications is 5pm, Tuesday 11 April 2017.

First launched in 2006, Guiding Lights supports upcoming filmmakers and professionals through high-level mentoring, complemented by a range of training and networking activities.

During their time on the scheme, each mentee is matched with a leading film industry professional who provides advice and guidance over a nine-month period. The last Guiding Lights scheme saw, amongst others, Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 45 Years), Clio Barnard (The Arbor, The Selfish Giant) and Tessa Ross (Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave) join an illustrious list of former mentors, including Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli, Hossein Amini, Sam Mendes, Walter Murch, Joanna Hogg, Alex Garland, Abi Morgan, Nira Park and Kenneth Branagh.

Guiding Lights is a talent development scheme, not a training scheme. Applicants must demonstrate a proven track record in their field, along with a strong commitment to pro-actively advancing their film career.

If you are an Ireland-based screenwriter interested in taking part in the scheme, it is now open to applications directly through the Guiding Lights website.

To find out more about the Guiding Lights mentoring scheme and to review their FAQ’s please click here.

For any further information, please contact grainne.bennett@screentrainingireland.ie

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