Beyond Brontës 2021

Beyond Brontës 2021

Applications closed at 12pm on 7th May 2021

If you have a passion for film and TV but are unsure where to start, this is the training scheme for you!

Beyond Brontës is a free, part-time training initiative that aims to increase diversity in the screen industries by breaking down the perceived and actual barriers that prevent young people from securing jobs in film and TV.

It is a bespoke training package tailored to the needs of the individual. Modules include industry masterclasses, CV and interview workshops, mentorships, and tailored one-to-one support from our dedicated team.  Where possible, the programme also connects with local productions and TV and film companies to offer placement opportunities.

Now in its third year, the initiative is supported by a wide range of broadcasters, streaming platforms, regional production companies and industry professionals. Together, they offer their expertise to create an industry-integrated scheme, meaning that upon graduation participants are prepared to take on their first roles in film and TV.

The second year of Beyond Brontës participants graduated in March 2021 and students from both years have gone on to work on high-profile projects including Gentleman Jack, Anne Boleyn, Ackley Bridge, Coronation StreetChannel 4’s Dispatches and First Dates.

Applications are open to young people aged 18 – 24 years old, living in Leeds City Region. This includes: Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, York, Kirklees, Calderdale, Selby, Craven, Harrogate and Barnsley.   The course will run from late May to September 2021.

Applications closed at 12pm on 7th May 2021

Screen Yorkshire is working in partnership with the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council to deliver Beyond Brontës with the support of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP).

Hear from our previous trainees:

In just six months I feel so much closer to gaining a career in the film and TV industry with the support of Beyond Brontës. The course is structured so I could balance uni work whilst still getting the best industry training and networking experience possible. I have gained valuable contacts, industry mentors and new friends who are all on my doorstep.

Henna Ravjibhai (Cleckheaton)

Henna Ravjibhai, Year Two Beyond Brontës Graduate

Sarah Harrison, Year Two Beyond Brontës Graduate

Beyond Brontës was one of the most beneficial experiences I have ever had. The programme allowed me to gain experience using production-level equipment on the NFTS Self-Shooter course, which helped me realise that I can do it – it’s not as scary as it looked. I also had the fantastic opportunity of a placement as Art Department Assistant and Floor Runner on an Indie feature film. If you want to go into the creative industries apply, you won’t regret it.

Sarah Harrison (Leeds)

Beyond Brontës has given me the opportunity to learn from and ask questions to many individuals within the screen industries. Through them I have learnt a lot about what it takes to make TV programmes, from pre-production right through to post-production, and I have also been exposed to other opportunities that I otherwise wouldn’t have known about. I would absolutely recommend signing up.

Ameer Matani (Huddersfield)

Ameer Matani, Year Two Beyond Brontës Graduate

Stephanie Kirk, Year Two Beyond Brontës Graduate

The Beyond Brontës scheme has helped me refuse to give up on my TV and Film career goals. The support and knowledge gained from the programme has been immeasurable. After I left university, I didn’t have a clear path forward in to the industry, but now I have all the tools and contacts I need to set off on that journey!

Stephanie Kirk (Leeds)

Frequently Asked Questions:

English isn’t my first language, can I still apply/take part?

We do not have any non-English speakers on the team currently. We would suggest that you apply in English to the best of your ability. The course will require lots of interaction, therefore we suggest applicants are confident in how they can meet these requirements and we will do our best to accommodate any specific needs where we can.

I have dependants/am a carer. Will this course still be available for me?

Where we can, Beyond Brontës intends to support, remove obstacles and be flexible for our participants. We will assess support with costs associated to caring responsibilities, based on the individual needs of participants

I’m receiving benefits. Will the programme affect them?

There are various benefits that can be claimed with specific regulations and rules on what might affect your benefit claim. The best way to assess your query, would be to visit your local Department of Work and Pensions or alternatively, contact them. Details for contacting your relevant claim department by telephone, can be found here: https://customerservicecontactnumber.uk/dwp/

Will I be trained in a particular field of the screen industries?

Beyond Brontës will provide various resources to help the selected cohort to gain knowledge, skills and confidence in the industry overall, in addition to supporting individuals’ tailored career interests. Where we can, we will cater to help individuals gain access and insight into their field of interest.

I’m studying at University/have a degree. Does that make me ineligible?

No - the programme intends to help those who wish to enter the screen industries. You can apply for Beyond Brontës whether or not you have a degree, regardless of whether that degree is relevant to the screen industries or not. Unless you already have an established career in the screen industries, as a freelancer or other, you can apply.

How do I know if I am under-represented in the screen industries and eligible for Beyond Brontës?

It is against the law to discriminate against someone with a protected characteristic and there are many individuals with protected characteristics who are under-represented in the screen industries. Some of these protected characteristics are: gender, race/ethnicity, social class, disability, LGBTQ+ identity, religion, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership and location. These protected characteristics can intersect eg. a working-class individual with a disability. There is more information on protected characteristics here: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/equality-act/protected-characteristics   Beyond Brontës intention is to redress the issue of under-representation in the screen industries by aiding under-represented individuals with protected characteristics to enter the industry. Therefore, we encourage applicants who identify with having a protected characteristic that may be under-represented in the industry to apply for the programme. If you are unsure if you are under-represented in the screen industries there is further information here: https://www.bfi.org.uk/sites/bfi.org.uk/files/downloads/bfi-workforce-diversity-in-uk-screen-sector-evidence-review-2018-03.pdf (see pp. 31-39).

I’m not in the 18-24 age bracket, but want to be on the programme. Is that possible?

No - Beyond Brontës is designed for people aged 18-24 to help those entering both the screen industries and the careers sector for the first time, we are building soft and hard skills for people who have not had the opportunity to gain that experience. For those from a different age bracket, get in touch with us and we will be happy to share industry advice more suited to your needs.

I’m from Leeds City Region, but based outside of it. Can I still take part?

No - you must be residing within Leeds City Region at present to take part in the scheme. Beyond Brontës, its funders and supporters only have resources for those currently residing within Leeds City Region.

Do I have to be based in Leeds City Region?

You must live in the Leeds City Region area to be eligible. This includes the following cities and districts (view map) Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Kirklees, Calderdale in West Yorkshire Selby, Craven, Harrogate and York in North Yorkshire Barnsley in South Yorkshire. More information about the boundary lines can be found here: https://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/growing-the-economy/leeds-city-region-infrastructure-map/