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Final Call: Footage New Entrants Scheme - Deadline 30th October

15 October 2009



The Film and Media Technician New Entrant Scheme opens for applications

Applications are now open for The Film and Media Technician New Entrant Scheme – a 12-month training and work placement programme. This national scheme provides a unique opportunity for 10 successful applicants to gain the knowledge and skills required to establish a career in the technical areas of film and television media libraries. Available for new starters in the industry, it is delivered by FOCAL International, Film London, and the Hertfordshire Skillset Academy.

A fantastic opportunity for those with an ambition to be a technician in TV/film libraries this scheme provides on-the-job training with two 10 week placements at two industry employers across the UK. Additionally, each trainee is allocated an experienced mentor from the archive sector to offer support and guidance throughout the 12 months. The structured programme involves practical workshops, hands-on technical assignments and will train individuals in the audio visual industry, media archives, the role of media asset management and technical developments in the sector.

Potential applicants must be over 18 and new entrants to the industry and demonstrate a commitment to working in the film archive and library sector. Applications are now available at, the deadline is Friday 30 October 2009.

For further press information, please contact:
Colette Geraghty or Rosa Vaquero
T: +44 (0) 20 7613 7680 or +44 (0) 20 7613 7679
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Notes to Editors

About Film London

Film London is the capital’s film and media agency. Film London sustains, promotes and develops London as a major international film-making and film cultural capital. This includes all the screen industries based in London – film, television, video, commercials and new interactive media. Film London is supported by the UK Film Council and the London Development Agency. Film London also receives significant support from Arts Council England London, the Mayor of London and Skillset.

Film London’s activities include:
• Investment in new and established film-makers through a range of low budget production schemes
• Supporting training and business development activities
• Developing audiences and access provision across the film and media sector
• Showcasing of London films and talent
• Domestic and international tourism initiatives
• Promoting London on an international stage as an attractive base for film and media production
• Providing comprehensive information on London locations and production services, as well as practical advice and support to film-makers shooting in London

About FOCAL International 

FOCAL International was formed in 1985 as an international, non-profit making, professional trade association. It represents commercial film/audiovisual, stills and sound libraries as well as interested individuals such as facility houses, professional film researchers and producers working in the industry. The organisation aims to represent all its members for their mutual benefit. FOCAL is also a central point for all enquiries relating to the content and stock footage business, information, advice and contacts being given free of charge. Today FOCAL has a membership of well over 300 archives, researchers and allied services on all six continents and is fully established as one of the leading voices of the industry.

About the Hertfordshire Skillset Academy

The Hertfordshire Skillset Media Academy represents a dynamic consortium of the University of Hertfordshire, The Film & Digital Media Exchange and West Herts College who are actively committed to promoting professional creative media education across the region.