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WFTV Opens Applications in Scotland for the 2024 Four Nations Mentoring Scheme

Women in Film and Television UK (WFTV) is delighted to announce that it is accepting applications for its prestigious 2024 WFTV Four Nations Mentoring Scheme now via  until  5pm on Monday 11 September 2023.


WFTV is looking for seven mentees in Scotland to join the 2024 cohort of 41 WFTV mentees for next year’s scheme – 20 from England and 7 each from Northern Ireland and Wales – from all disciplines across the film, television and digital media industry. The scheme is designed for mid-career women working in film, television and the creative media who are looking to take that next big step in their career.


The scheme will run for six months starting in January 2024, during which time each of the participants are paired up with senior industry professionals for one-to-one mentoring alongside peer-to-peer training and bespoke career and personal development workshops.


WFTV CEO Katie Bailiff said, “The scheme is going from strength to strength and we’re delighted to be giving another cohort of mid-career women the network, tools and confidence to make the next step in their film and television careers.”

Former mentee success stories in Scotland include: Screenwriter, Jillian Mannion who was mentored by Writer, Sally Wainwright OBE (Gentleman Jack, Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax), Director, Robin Haig who has been mentored by Director, Douglas McKinnon (Good Omens, Line of Duty, Sherlock) and Producer and Presenter, Eunice Olumide who was mentored by Commissioning Editor at BBC Three, Nasfim Haque.

Heading up the Mentoring Scheme is WFTV’s Director of Mentoring, Sarah Wright, an ICF trained Executive Coach and former Group Director of Acquisitions & Sky Cinema, UK and Ireland alongside the WFTV Mentoring Producer for Scotland Karen Kelly.


Karen Kelly said: “This will be the third year we’ve run the WFTV Mentoring Scheme in Scotland and we’ve had huge success with an amazing group of 21 women who have now completed the programme and gone on to enjoy tremendous success in their chosen careers. We are looking forward to selecting another 7 talented women working in the creative industries in Wales to help them break through to even greater heights of excellence in their careers.”


Sarah Wright said, “WFTV’s Four Nations Mentoring Scheme is truly career – and indeed life–changing for the amazing women who take part. I cannot wait to recruit our brand-new cohort for the 2024 scheme.”


The WFTV Mentoring Schemes in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are supported by Netflix.  The closing date for applications for the WFTV Four Nations Mentoring Scheme is 5pm on Monday 11 September 2023. For further information on how to apply visit:


For further information contact Orla McKibbin on [email protected] or call 07879 666427.


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  Note to editors: Quotes from 2023 Scottish mentees below plus photo attached of Karen Kelly, WFTV Scotland Mentoring Producer with the 2023 WFTV Scottish Mentees who will graduate in September 2023. Caption embedded on photo.       Quotes from 2023 Scotland WFTV Mentees   Mish Lord – Factual Editor “The mentorship has been invaluable. The sessions provided by WFTV have enabled me to grow in confidence my skills and abilities and given me the focus to work towards my goals of working in feature documentary. My mentor has been fabulous and it’s been wonderful to have a sounding board over the last few months to concentrate where I want my career to go next.”   Joanne Sneddon – Script Producer, River City “I came into the programme with the objective of widening my professional network and creating a solid 5 year career plan, and with the support of my mentor, I now have a clear plan in place and have set up initial meetings with three key development heads in Scotland.”   Sacha Kyle – Animation Producer/ Director “I am incredibly grateful for WFTV mentorship that I had the opportunity to be a part of, as it has transformed my career in television. Through this programme, I was paired with a seasoned industry professional who provided invaluable guidance, advice, and support.”   Leah Carroll – Commercials Producer “The WFTV Mentoring Scheme has definitely been one of the contributing factors to re-building my post-maternity confidence towards work which had taken a dent through months of ‘freelancers’ maternity’. The opportunity to navigate my strengths, and source a suitable trajectory to take my career in the right direction has been made easier and more joyful through being a part of this cohort and the scheme.”   Alice Black – Assistant Producer Factual “I applied to be a member of this scheme because I was struggling to find the opportunity to progress my career. Now at the end of this scheme, I feel so much more confident in my own ability. I have new knowledge, skills and tools which I can now utilise to progress in this field and most importantly I feel I now have a support network which will guide and support me as I take my next steps.” Ali Taylor – Writer “This is the first development scheme I have been on that wasn’t just for writers, so it has been great to broaden my network of contacts across many disciplines. My fellow mentees have been wonderfully supportive and I was paired with an incredibly experienced, inspiring and nurturing mentor.”  

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