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Carnival Films announces new writing scheme for budding TV series creators

The Downton Abbey producer will train emerging writers in a series of in-depth sessions, working on their ideas in a collaborative environment. 

“We are always seeking to expand our horizons in terms of the best writing talent, and take our responsibility to nurture talent very seriously," said Carnival Films' Executive Chairman, Gareth Neame. "Collective is a great way of doing just that and we’re delighted to be working with some of the most exciting, emerging creative voices coming out of the UK today.”

Applications open for research-based film competition

Kate Baxter and Elizabeth Dixon won last year for their film Whirlpool (Credit: AHRC)

The RIFA awards recognise the best short films, of up to 30 minutes in length, which will be judged by a panel of experts from academia and the film industry. The the winners will receive a trophy and £2,000 in prize money for future filmmaking projects.  

This year's panel includes Richard Davidson-Houston, Head of All 4, Channel 4 Television and Matthew Reisz from Times Higher Education.

BBC Three seeks short films for British Asian summer season

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British Asians are the biggest ethnic group in the UK, numbering over 3 million. Of this group the majority are young people, with around 60% of Pakistani and Bangladeshi Brits and just over 40% of Indians being under 30. The BBC is looking to represent the diverse culture of young British Asians in particular, dispelling the notion that they are a homogenous group and celebrating both the multiple countries of origin and distinct religions of the populations.

Creative Skillset launches Film Accounts Trainee scheme

Creative Skillset Launches Film Accounts Trainee Scheme (Credit: Creative Skillset)

Creative Skillset has launched a Film Accounts trainee scheme to help new entrants kick-start a career in film production.

The scheme is seeking individuals who are as equally passionate about numbers as they are about film.

Responding to industry demand for skilled accounts personnel, a bespoke programme has been created, in partnership with Production Guild, to provide introductory training for numerate individuals eager for a freelance career in the accounting side of filmmaking.