Below is a list of some of the key organisations and publications and websites that might be helpful to your research.
This is not intended as an exhaustive list, but as an indication of the types of resources available. See the diversity resource for additional information about access to industry schemes.
Career Research Resources
Directory of film, video, animation, broadcast, studio, and associated company sites in the UK and Ireland. Also includes a job section.
BAFTA Guru is the site for all careers related advice for film, games, and TV.
Main scheme information.
Part of the overall BBC Talent pages, but focussing on Radio.
BBC Writers room is a cross-genre department for scripted content. We work with Drama, Comedy, CBBC, CBeebies, Radio, Online, and others.
BECTU is the independent trade union for those working in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, leisure, interactive media, and allied areas. Includes information on training and development, advice, and resources for members.
Published by the Film Team at the British Council this describes itself as a 'one-stop shop' for access to the UK film scene; includes a section on "who does what in the British film industry", directory of films and filmmakers, training course information, etc.
An independent, non-governmental body which has classified cinema films since it was set up in 1912.
BFI Information Services maintain resources and links to cinemas, festivals, films, publications, production companies, and learning resources.
Graduate vacancy site for the media, broadcasting and creative industries. Internship and graduate positions in several areas, from production to more technical roles. Also, case studies and careers advice.
Creative England is a government - funded organisation tasked with promoting and supporting creative and production industries in the UK (outside of London). This includes a database for crew and facilities opportunities.
The Directors Guild Trust and the Directors Guild of Great Britain work together to train, promote and celebrate directors and directing across all media: film, television, theatre, radio, opera, commercials, music videos, corporate film, multimedia and new technology.
National organisation working to promote documentary filmmaking talent and innovation in the UK.
The Network is a free intensive introduction to world of TV production that runs alongside the TV Festival every summer. Ones to Watch is a mentoring and support programme that follows on from the Network. UEA is a partner for the Network.
Work Experience page.
Almost all entry level positions are posted in the Facebook group 'People Looking for TV Work: Runners'. This groups is also very active in providing advice on CVs, interviews, etc. Ask everyone you work with or deal with whilst on work experience if you can add them on Facebook as you will eventually want access to the closed group 'People Who Work in TV Who Know People Who Work In TV'. This group is for people with credits to their name. It is closed to prevent hiring managers from being inundated by applications from people who are unqualified.
Trade body for theatrical film distributors in the UK - the companies that release films for UK cinema audiences.
Strategic agency for film and media in London and supports the growth and development of film, TV, video, commercials and interactive media.
For independent film makers.
Job-board for broadcast and media professionals.
General careers information site with good case studies.
Imagineanimation.net is a resource for everyone working in the animation industry. It contains regularly updated news and information, an Online Directory and networking areas.
An international database of films.
Careers and Schemes.
A database to search for film, TV and commercial production services companies in 173 countries. Find everything from film commissions, locations services, crew, camera equipment and studios.
Directory of film, video and TV production resources, including jobs listing.
Good site for information, news and jobs postings.
This site is designed to be used by the entire UK Film Industry to promote themselves to the best new talent. It does have a paywall!
Pact is the UK trade association representing and promoting the commercial interests of independent feature film, television, digital, children's and animation media companies. Site includes a directory of companies and individuals.
Established FB page for running work. There are LOTS of pages out there, so try different search ideas to see what comes up.
The industry network for people working in film, television and commercial production. Vacancies from entry-level runner or intern positions upwards.
Radio Jobs site.
The Radiocentre is the industry body for commercial radio. It works on behalf of over 40 stakeholders who operate 278 licensed radio stations across the UK and represent 90% of commercial radio in terms of listening and revenue.
London-based independent film and television company specialising in production, development and consultancy.
Screenskills is the website for all screen industries careers – giving an overview of the many careers open to you with links off to other related sites. A useful starting point for any research.
The international networking organisation dedicated to the support and promotion of independent filmmaking.
Recruitment specialist, providing runners into the Soho post and film communities.
Represents nearly five hundred of the finest freelance camera crew technicians in the Film and TV industry. Site includes news, industry training information, jobs and (under construction as of June 2010) an online version of their crew directory.
This site contains listings and contact details for organisations and companies involved in the broadcasting, television, video and commercial production industry. There is also a diary which lists film festivals and other relevant events and their web links and an industry contacts list featuring both UK and international companies.
A professional body of film, television, corporate and multi-media production managers. Site has a useful section on training.
Magazine website that includes all types of jobs in entertainment and also advice for getting into the industry.
The Talent Manager is the main recruitment website for TV work. They will try to sell the paid version Talent Manager Pro, but you can avoid this.
Work Experience page.
The TV Watercooler is a resource run by freelancers for freelancers.
Organisation placing students as extras in television and film.
Volunteer opportunities for 16-25 year olds.
Membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK, and part of an international network of over 10,000 women worldwide. Hosts networking opportunities, runs events, provides mentors, lobbies for women's interests.
Working Title Films' ACTION! Programme invites talented individuals seeking a career in film to apply for one-year internships at their London office working with their creative development and production teams.