O2 helps young people break into the film industry

At O2, we’re excited to launch a new work skills campaign, in partnership with BFI, to give young people across the UK the opportunity to break into the film industry. 24 young film-makers will be selected to produce three short films to support the release of the 2015 film, SUFFRAGETTE, at the London Film Festival, which follows the story of the early feminist movement and efforts to secure the vote for women.

During an intensive, all expenses paid residential programme, successful applicants will attend the prestigious BFI Film Academy where they’ll receive expert training from professionals working across the film industry, from screenwriters to directors and beyond. This includes two days of movie masterclasses from the BFI and some of the team behind SUFFRAGETTE before the young people split into teams to create three short films, which will screen ahead of a special screening of SUFFRAGETTE on 15th October.

Research released by the BFI indicates women are under-represented in key roles within the film industry: just 11% of UK films released between 2010 – 2012 were directed by women, with 16% of those films being written by women. Our campaign is open to all, but is keen to encourage more young women to consider a career in the film industry through this special opportunity.

Sarah Gavron, Director of SUFFRAGETTE said: “The film industry is extremely difficult to get into. There are so many talented young people in all areas of film across the UK who deserve to be able to develop their skills in a real work environment. That’s why we wanted to get involved, using the launch of our film SUFFRAGETTE, to help support young people looking to work in different areas of film.”

Young people aged 18-24 can apply at www.gothinkbig.co.uk/lff for eight different roles covering every aspect of film production, from director and screenwriter to lighting technician and wardrobe. The spirit of SUFFRAGETTE is about fighting for access to opportunity – so we’re excited to be able to bring this to life by creating opportunities for young people to learn more about the film industry and get their first break. This opportunity is open to any young person with a passion for film and the deadline for applications is Wednesday 16th September 2015.

The campaign follows in the footsteps of GoThinkBig’s partnership with Rizzle Kicks in 2013, where young people worked on the set of the music video for the band’s hit track Lost Generation. In 2014, GoThinkBig teamed up with Nile Rodgers and Rudimental, giving young people the chance to remix and re-release CHIC’s classic hit record ‘Le Freak’.

Launched in 2012 by O2 and Bauer Media, GoThinkBig.co.uk is a website dedicated to helping young people gain valuable skills through work experience and careers advice. Unlike other job sites GoThinkBig provides contacts and work experience opportunities in the hardest to break industries. More than 250,000 young people use the site to browse work placements and by the end of 2015 the programme will have offered 30,000 experience and skills opportunities to 16-24 year olds.

For more information on how to apply visit www.gothinkbig.co.uk/lff or follow @GoThinkBig on Twitter.