Every branch of the creative industries is extremely competitive, and the film and TV sector is no different. How can you get a head start and get some great experience on your CV before you graduate?

It's worth researching your local area to see if they have a film office. They will often have the details on local productions and whether help is required. Kent Film Office, for example, have a mailing list where you can have the latest running opportunities sent straight to your inbox. In the last seven days alone three fantastic opportunities have already been made available:

Position: Trainee Runner
Dates: Sat 2 April - Mon 4 April 2016
Hours: 9-10 hours per shooting day
Location: Sevenoaks (Romshed Farm, Redlands Wood, Southborough)
Pay: Expenses and food
Requirements: Must be able to drive and ideally own a car

Position: 4x Trainee Runners
Dates: Sat 26 March - Sun 27 March
Hours: 7am - 7pm (flexible if necessary)
Locations: Seven Springs, Tunbridge Wells and Salomon Theatre, Salomon Estate
Pay: Expenses and food
Requirements: 18+, preferably with a little experience. Own car isn't necessary but must be able to make their own way to/from set

Position: Photographer
Dates: Sat 26 March - Sun 27 March
Hours: 10am - 3pm (but flexible if necessary)
Location: Seven Springs, Tunbridge Wells and Salomon Theatre, Salomon Estate
Pay: Expenses and food
Requirements: 18+ with use of own camera, must be able to make own way to/from set

(If you're interested in any of these, then please email me at or leave a comment below).

Assisting with these sorts of productions is not only a worthwhile way to gain experience, but by doing a good job you open up your own opportunities for more work in the future. If you work well with a crew, then chances are they will reach out to you again.

Perhaps you want to create your own work rather than assist with somebody else's production? If you find yourself with some spare time outside of your studies, then you'll be amazed at how many competitions there are for young film-makers in the UK. Not only are these a great opportunity to create some new work for your portfolio, but finalists and winners often have the experience of having their work shown in amazing spaces - great for exposure and again, networking!


For example, each year STOP PLAY RECORD supports the planning and production of 24 short films with young people aged 16–24. These films are between 90 seconds and 3 minutes long and are supported by a range of different institutions across London. Each film has the chance to be included in a new public broadcast series currently in development for Random Acts. Applications for film proposals close on 28 March 2016 at midnight:

Another competition that launched last month is A Sense of Humour from Elstree Film Design. This competition is open to anyone up to the age of 25 living in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, London and Surrey. Entrants are encouraged to create new 90-second long films and animations around the theme of 'a sense of humour'. Winners get to see their work on the big screen at the BFI Southbank! Find more information here:

Remember to keep an eye on Hiive, on Twitter @ucasu_opps and also on the UCASU Exchange blog  to find out all the latest creative opportunities.

Posted in: Exchange on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 by