Screenskills Making it Possible 2019 in association with Raising Films

Through support from ScreenSkills Raising Films will re-run its popular Making It Possible personal and career development days this October and November in London, Leeds, Cardiff and, for the first time, online.

Making It Possible 2019 is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI) as part of the Future Film Skills programme.
The Making It Possible development days will empower participants to focus on their individual goals, plan a route to achieving them and address the specific barriers and challenges they face.

Making It Possible is open to all film and TV industry practitioners with a minimum of two screen credits or three years experience in an industry role. Applicants must be looking to develop their careers to the next level and be aged over 18.

Making It Possible is specifically aimed at people who are on maternity/paternity leave or currently working but concerned they will stagnate in their career due to juggling work with parenting and/or caring demands. Making It Possible is also suitable for those who are fired up to advance their career but are struggling to actually make it happen.

Making It Possible will take place in London on Wednesday 9th October, Leeds on Wednesday 16th October and Cardiff on Tuesday 5th November. The online version will run w/c 7th October to w/c 11th November, with one week break for half-term

The development days will follow the same format at each location and online. As part of Raising Films on going commitment to considering the needs of parents working in the film and TV industries there will be free crèche places available in London, Cardiff and Leeds.

Twelve of the total number of places available across the Making It Possible 2019 location and online options are open to directors, and are being supported through Directors UK.
Blaire Palmer (That People Thing) will lead each course, including the online course. Blaire is a coach and confidante for senior leaders and teams. A former BBC Radio 4 Today Programme producer, she has spent the past 16 years helping leaders work out how to find a way of working that is authentic and based on their values and priorities without compromising their professional ambitions. Blaire speaks about the future of leadership around Europe, is a regular guest on BBC Radio 2, is often quoted in the print media and has recently begun a regular podcast on the topic called ‘Punks in Suits.’

Deadline for applications is Monday 16th September at 9am.

Successful applicants contacted by close of play on Friday 20th September.

Making It Possible 2019 is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI) as part of the Future Film Skills programme. Raising Films acknowledges additional support from S4C and Ffilm Cymru Wales delivering funds through BFI NETWORK Wales, from Directors UK and Film Fixers.

Comments from previous participants:
“I’ve been out of the industry for over five years and… this has given me the confidence to network and I’ve made lots of local connections in a location I’ve never worked in before.”
“Brings people together in a structured way that is geared towards career and/or people in the regions, hugely helpful and I can’t think who else is meeting this need.”

“The course offered great peer support and collaboration, encouragement and a feeling that you are not alone. Renewed confidence. Connections to other funding – I’ve just won an award that I probably wouldst have applied for if it hadn’t been for Raising Films.”

“There is a serious need for an effective confidence raising programme. This is actually more of a taboo subject than people will admit within the creative industries.”

Full information and an online application form: www.raisingfilms.com/making-it-possible-2019/