Wildscreen launches new paid internship schemePosted on: 24 Aug 2022
Get paid to be involved with a conservation charity – and get your start in the Film & TV industry.
Renowned Bristol-based conservation charity Wildscreen – who work to protect the environment by championing accessible and impactful natural world storytelling – have announced a new training scheme for 18-25 year olds.
The Wildscreen Storytelling Internship Scheme has launched!— Wildscreen (@WildscreenFest) August 17, 2022
In partnership with @wwf_uk the scheme will provide paid internships for six UK-based and six internationally-based 18-25 year olds, wanting to pursue careers in natural world storytelling.
Apply now! (Link in Bio) pic.twitter.com/Wya52G9ubz
The Wildscreen Storytelling Internship Scheme – backed by WWF-UK – provides opportunities for paid internships in both screen production companies focused on the natural world, and conservation NGOs.
Roles offered will be diverse across the industry – from camera operation, to editing, to scriptwriting and everything in-between.
As well as being provided with the opportunity to gain professional skills and experience, the cohort will also benefit from one-to-one mentoring and a year’s membership to the Wildscreen Network, a professional community for the wildlife film and TV industry, to help launch their careers in natural world storytelling.
There will be twelve places on the scheme in total – six in the UK, and six based internationally. The different companies and opportunities will be announced as the application period ramps up – but we’re already seeing opportunities with Big Wave productions in Brighton, and Planta Alta productions in Buenos Aires.
The scheme, like many forward-thinking schemes in the industry, seeks to prioritise those from under-represented backgrounds – already poorly represented in the screen industries, they face particular barriers to entry in the wildlife TV and conservation sectors.
To celebrate our 40th Birthday Wildscreen had a bit of a brand glow up!— Wildscreen (@WildscreenFest) August 18, 2022
But our cause for change is more than just keeping up appearances,
We've come a long way over the last 40 years and we wanted our new branding and website to reflect that. pic.twitter.com/LGpju7J0w8
Lucie Muir, Wildscreen’s CEO said: “Together, we hope to understand and address barriers to young people from underrepresented backgrounds seeking careers in natural world storytelling within the TV industry and conservation NGOs globally.”
“It’s critical we address the lack of representation in those creating the content. We hope this scheme will demonstrate the huge benefits of democratising who tells nature’s stories”.
Applications to the aforementioned first two internships, Planta Alta and Big Wave productions, are open now – apply on Wildscreen’s website.
Patrick is a filmmaker with so much Bristol in his blood the white blood cells are graffiti'd. Educated at the Northern Film School in Leeds, he’s returned home to be a Videographer and Reviewer for 365Bristol and BARBI. When he’s not messing about with cameras, he enjoys playing guitar, spending far too much time on tabletop RPGs, and being an awful snob about cider. Have a look at his work here, or get in touch at email@example.com.