Guiding Lights, the UK film industry’s leading mentoring scheme, is now welcoming applications from eligible directors, writer, producers and exhibition professionals.


Funded by Creative Skillset with additional support from Film Hub South East, Guiding Lights offers successful applicants nine months of one-on-one mentor support from established film industry professionals, as well as invitations to industry training and networking events. Previous mentors have included Danny Boyle, Sam Mendes, Barbara Broccoli, Alex Garland, Kenneth Branagh, Alison Owen, Joanna Hogg and Nick Hornby.


The seventh round of the scheme is due to launch in July. Those interested in being considered should apply by 5pm on Wednesday, 18 March.


For further information about the scheme, eligibility criteria and application process, please visit our website


We welcome applications from across the community and will provide financial assistance to those who require it for pre-agreed travel, subsistence and childcare costs. We are also able to facilitate access for deaf and disabled people. All information is available in large-print; copies can be downloaded from the website:


Guiding Lights is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Fund.