Designed for people looking for a career-entry route into distribution

FDA Intern schemeDo you have an unbridled passion for film? Are you looking for a fulfilling career in the business of the cinematic arts, but don’t know where to start or how to gain entry? Then we’re looking for you.

Each year, the FDA runs a series of paid internships at the offices of well-established London-based film distributors. This diversely populated, entry-level scheme is now coming into its 6th successful year and we are in search of dynamic individuals with a thirst for all aspects of film culture.

We welcome applications from potential candidates regardless of their background: people of colour, people who consider themselves to have a disability and those coming from economically challenged circumstances are all underrepresented in the commercial film sector. The FDA is committed to helping make film a more inclusive industry.

The internship programme has a proven track record of success, with 95% of all former participants gainfully employed in the UK and Irish film industry.

Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate

  • a keen interest in film
  • a strong desire to learn
  • the ability and inclination to work as part of a team
  • exemplary communication skills
  • some experience of Microsoft Office packages

Potential candidates must

  • be new entrants to the film industry i.e. not have more than twelve months industry work experience, be it continuous or discontinuous, paid or unpaid
  • be UK residents and eligible to work in the UK
  • be living in London or willing to relocate to London

What you can expect

  • trainees work full-time for their host company (35 hours per week) for 38 weeks
  • to regularly attend training sessions with the other interns in the programme
  • a monthly training allowance based on a percentage to the London Living Wage (estimated at £376.25 per week) and exempt from tax and National Insurance
  • entitlement to 16 days annual leave, dates subject to agreement with your host organisation

Internship dates

  • dates have been temporarily delayed at present due to COVID-19 office closures
  • ‘this year’s scheme commenced in June and will run for approximately 9 months

The application deadline for this year’s scheme is to be advised. In the meantime, if you would like to apply please register your interest and details of the scheme will be sent to you when we launch:

Register interest

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