21st October 2010, 1:42pm
Lincoln students in the frame for a Kickstart to their movie careers
Media Production students Students from the University of Lincoln will get to play a starring role as crew on forthcoming film productions thanks to an exciting new internship programme.

EM Media, screen agency for the East Midlands, has launched a new initiative to place students from one of the best Media Production courses in the country on feature length drama, documentary and animation productions.

Kickstart will place five final year students, selected from those studying the University of Lincoln’s acclaimed Media Production undergraduate degree course and postgraduates in related disciplines, on productions shooting between November 2010 and May 2011.

The interns will be placed in production and technical roles within the art, production design, sound, camera, editing, locations, production, hair and make up or costume and wardrobe departments.

Heads of departments will mentor and be the intern’s production contact for the duration of the internship. In exchange, selected production companies will receive a contribution of up to £2,000 per intern towards the costs of engaging them on the production.

Production companies willing to offer an internship must have a track record in production (at least one feature or documentary production behind them) and have a current production with partnership finance in place which is due to be in preparation, production or post production between November 2010 and mid March 2011 inclusive.

Production companies can find out more about Kickstart and how they can apply now on EM Media’s website: www.em-media.org.uk.

Dr Sarah Barrow, Head of the University of Lincoln’s School of Media, said: “The School of Media at the University of Lincoln is committed to providing as many opportunities as we can for our students to gain experience of working in the media industries. This internship project offers them a fantastic chance to work with top film-makers, to develop their creative and technical skills, and to get their foot in the door of an increasingly competitive world of work.”

Debbie Williams, Chief Executive of EM Media said: “The East Midlands is a key hub for UK film talent. Kickstart, by providing opportunities for emerging film talent from the region’s higher education sector, will be instrumental in continuing the success story of the East Midlands as the natural out-of-London home for the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming film talent.”

Kickstart has been funded by the Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of ‘A Bigger Future 2’, the UK film skills strategy.

Neil Peplow, Director of Film at Skillset said: “Supporting new entrants is a key priority for the UK film skills strategy, A Bigger Future 2. We are confident that Kickstart’s internship scheme will supply new entrants in the East Midlands region with the professional guidance and experience they need to work towards their career ambitions within the UK film industry.”
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