London-headquartered membership organization Women in Film and TV UK (WFTV) launched a mentoring scheme for women in Northern Ireland today (Nov. 6) at the Belfast Media Festival.
The program is designed to help women in the region with more than five years experience in TV production take the next step in their career.
In its first year, the scheme will be run for six women, with the goal to grow that number each year. Those selected will receive six hours of mentoring over six months with an experienced industry insider.
Along with telephone and email support, the mentees will also be able to Skype and network into additional training sessions in the London mentoring scheme, which WFTV has been running for the last decade.
“WFTV is determined to ensure our organization serves all the women of the UK, not just those based in London and the south east of England,” WFTV chair Liz Tucker said in a statement. “The new mentoring scheme in Northern Ireland is a pivotal part of this strategy.”
Former mentees of the London scheme include Hannah Demidowicz, who went on to become first a commissioner at National Geographic and then a commissioning editor at TCB Media Rights; Christian Ebohon-Green, who became a director on the TV series Call the Midwife; and Mercy Liao who became the manager of productions and acquisitions at Universal Pictures International Productions in Beijing.
Applications are currently open. For more information on how to apply, visit WFTV’s website.