‘Beyond Brontës’ – Applications now closed

‘Beyond Brontës’ – Applications now closed

Applications closed on the 3rd of June 2019. All applicants will be notified by June 11th. Good luck!

‘Beyond Brontës’ is an exciting new programme designed to break down the barriers that can prevent young people from entering the screen industries. Whether your passion is make-up, set design, accountancy, editing or research; if you are aged 18-24, live in Yorkshire and can demonstrate commitment to the screen industries, this could be for you!

The screen industries are one of the least diverse sectors in the UK. This is in spite of the industry’s desire to be more representative of the population as a whole. ‘Beyond Brontës’ aims to address this by supporting young people in Yorkshire to have the skills, confidence and connections to succeed in the screen industries.

Idris Elba directs 'Yardie'. Produced by Warp Films with investment from Screen Yorkshire

Tell me more!

Increasing Diversity in the Screen Sector

Beyond Brontës offers targeted support to those wishing to enter the industry. This exciting new programme includes internships, careers information, one to one support, training and mentoring. Whilst there is strong interest in the film production sector amongst our region’s young people, representation by ethnic minorities and those from working class communities remains very low. It is intended that this programme will redress this balance and focus on practical interventions to enable 50 talented young people (aged 18-24) from diverse backgrounds to develop meaningful careers in the Creative Sector – one cohort in 2019 and another in 2020.

‘Beyond Brontës’ will provide a range of support including:

  • A trusted and reliable sector careers information service
  • A training and work experience package that includes internships and works with the private sector
  • One to one support by experienced industry professionals
  • Mentors to support a new generation of film and TV makers
  • A programme to support individuals taking their first steps on their career journey and removing obstacles including support with travel expenses, subsistence, childcare and other expenses
  • Workshops, speakers and coaches to inspire confidence and build in-demand skills
  • Opportunities to strengthen CVs and create showcase materials which demonstrate your talent to potential employers

‘Beyond Brontës’ will offer a ‘pick and mix’ approach to allow you to create a bespoke package of training, mentoring and work experience; selecting the most relevant elements of the programme to contribute to your own successful career in the sector. It is envisaged that each individual will participate in ‘Beyond Brontës’ activity for between 6 and 12 months, depending on your desired outcomes and personal circumstances.

Apply by 03 June 2019

Am I eligible?

If you are 18-24, living in Leeds City Region (please see further guidance below) and interested in a career in film or television then APPLY! You will need to complete our Google application form, which includes 10 simple questions for you to answer. Clear instructions are contained in the application form but if you need support please get in touch with Sam or Nicole using the contact details below.

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

We may use the personal information you give us on your application form for the purpose of reviewing your application, allocating awards and to comply with our funding obligations. This may involve disclosure in confidence to third parties for these purposes only. More details are set out in our Privacy Policy. We are compliant with current data protection laws. In returning your application you are consenting to Screen Yorkshire using your personal information for this purpose.


Got some questions? First read our FAQ

If you still have questions, contact Sam or Nicole (see details above)

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.

How long is the commitment to the course?

We are stipulating 6 months as the minimum and 12 months as the maximum engagement time for the course. We want to support those who may face barriers so some flexibility will be available and can be further assessed when the cohort is selected.

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 from a working class and/or BAME background. Am I still eligible to apply?

The programme is not solely aimed at those from working class and/or BAME backgrounds. Beyond Brontës aims to redress the issue of many people with protected characteristics not being represented in the screen industries. There is further information on under-representation and protected characteristics below.

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