Film Skills Brum Celebration

Film Skills Brum Celebration

On Monday 6th March, we hosted over 60 film makers and producers at Park Regis to celebrate the success of our two Film Skills Brum training projects co-delivered with The Producers Forum and funded by Creative Skillset.

Creative Alliance have been working tirelessly with industry professionals to train and enable talented young people to get a foot in the door the creative industries through a program called Film Skills Brum.

Eighteen of them have been on an intensive four-month training programme with Martin Simms, Dan Wilson and other industry professionals along with support from The Producers’ Forum. They have learnt a range of production, management and technical skills and understand how to behave on professional jobs.

A big big thank you to everybody who came and engaged and celebrated with us at the beautiful Sky Bar.

Film Skills Brum Event, Sky Bar
Noel Dunne, Director, Creative Alliance


It all kicked off with Director, Noel Dunne talking about Film Skills Brum, the talent pool within the project and the wage subsidies available to potential employers taking on apprentices. For more information on how you can get involved as an employer and access the £1500 wage subsidy please contact:

We then screened “It Was Us”, one of the short films created by Film Skills Brum participants.

Please click here to view all four films

A number of these young people are currently available for a twelve-month apprenticeship. They all come with a £1,500 bursary toward them working with you plus ongoing support from Creative Alliance.

They could be employed as Production Assistants, Post-Production Assistants, Digital Marketing Assistants or in General Assistant roles.

We heard from Pip Piper, The Producers Forum talking about Foot Up.

Michael Gubbins Chair of Film Cymru Wales did the key note presentation – and provided one of the best quotes about diversity: “What people often mean by diversity is people who look different from us but who will follow our ideas!” Michael gave a fantastic insight into how cinema has changed over the years and realistic advice to both talented young people and the established film makers and producers in the room.

Michael Gubbins Chair of Film Cymru Wales
Michael Gubbins Chair of Film Cymru Wales

As part of the Film Skills Brum programme, some of the young people looking for apprenticeships have created one page spotlights summarising their skills and experiences. To view some of their spotlights, take a look here:

Aydrus Farah Spotlight

Karl Robinson Spotlight

Sarah Knowlton Spotlight

Lauren Williams Spotlight

Charlotte Smith Spotlight

Cameron Smyth Spotlight

Some of the Film Skills Brum participants
Some of the Film Skills Brum participants


Michael, Noel, Pip and Carole

If you are interested in taking on an apprentice then contact: or contact us here


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