First Light aims to nurture talent and provide opportunities for young people interested in filmmaking and creative media production.

Second Light Labs

We’ve held many Labs, from documentary-making to producing and screenwriting. Take a look at our Second Light Labs blog to hear what the trainees had to say, and sign up to The Light Lounge for opportunities such as these direct to your inbox!

Previous Labs

Script Labs

In partnership with The Script Factory, the Second Light Screenwriting and Development Labs will introduce the key concepts in building a story for film, with informal lecture sessions, film clips, and lots of practical exercises. They will also offer sessions with current industry practitioners with a focus on short films and low budget features; agents, producers and a working screenwriter as well as a guest from the world of commissioning TV drama.
More information here.

Distribution and Exhibition Lab

First Light and the Independent Cinema Office have joined forces to offer a free Second Light Exhibition and Distribution Lab to young emerging filmmakers aged 16-25. The Lab will offer an insider’s guide to how the UK film distribution and exhibition industry really works as well as the practical know-how you’ll need to fund, market, distribute and exhibit your own films. You’ll come out of it with a clear picture of who does what in these parts of the film industry as well as how they do it.
More information here.

Directors Lab

First Light and Directors UK, the professional association for film and TV directors, have teamed up to offer a unique free to attend 3-day course. The Lab will offer you the opportunity to learn all about the role and work of the director through all stages of production from development and pre-production, production and post-production to understanding the directors vision, working with crews, DOP’s, actors and editors. It will also offer practical advice on how to build a career as a director.
More information here.

Doc Lab

A training Lab concentrating on documentary filmmaking. In partnership with The Grierson Trust, First Light is looking to nurture enthusiastic, committed young people with a fresh take on documentary filmmaking and factual content.
More information here.

Tech Lab

First Light is working with young people aged 18-25, who are undertainge free training on a Second Light training Lab concentrating on developing their technical craft skills. With funding from the ITF/FT2 Legacy Fund, this is a unique opportunity for new entrants seeking further skills to enable them to secure first contracts in feature film and drama production in assistant camera and sound roles. This scheme also includes a fantastic opportunity to train with Lime Pictures makers of Hollyoaks and The Only Way is Essex.
More information here.

We will be announcing further opportunities over the coming months. For details direct to your inbox, sign up to The Light Lounge.

First Light seeks to grow and expand the opportunities available to the young people that we work with, To date, we have embarked upon partnerships with a range of high profile organisations such as BAFTA, Channel 4, Pinewood, The Grierson Trust, Sky and Total Film. We have also recruited a number of industry ambassadors who believe passionately in First Light’s work and provide inspirational guidance to First Light projects.

First Light managers a range of projects that develop talent and that:

• Utilise industry engagement to provide ‘real’ experiences and pathways to employment
• Equip people with 21st century skills
• Develop the film audience of the future
• Help the industry be more representative