Work Experience and Volunteering
Northern Ireland Screen’s Industry Experience programme is open to 16-20 year olds studying Moving Image Arts (MIA) at AS or A level at schools (CCEA MIA Centres*) across Northern Ireland. Students, usually resident in Northern Ireland, not studying MIA but who have attended and completed one of the BFI Film Academies** in Northern Ireland, or have attended and completed the residential BFI Film Academies available across the UK, are also eligible.
Successful candidates will receive meaningful, real-world work experience on Northern Ireland Screen funded productions. Guided by industry experts, all placements are on live action, animated, factual or fiction projects, across film, television and digital content.
Please note that students can only be nominated by their MIA teacher or CCEA MIA Centre, or BFI Film Academy. Applications directly from students or their parents are not eligible.
Placements are allocated on a “first come, first served” basis.
Northern Ireland Screen welcomes nominations from CCEA MIA Centres and BFI Film Academies across Northern Ireland, as well as nominations for Northern Ireland students from the BFI Film Academy Residential Courses.
For full details on how to apply for work experience, including application deadlines, please read Northern Ireland Screen’s Work Experience Policy. Applications received after the deadline stipulated in the Work Experience Policy will not be accepted.
For further information on career opportunities in Northern Ireland, please click here to view our dedicated careers brochure.
Work experience opportunities in writing, directing, producing or acting are not offered.
* Moving Image Arts Centre is any institution teaching Moving Image Arts in Northern Ireland
** BFI Film Academies in Northern Ireland are Nerve Centre, Derry~Londonderry; Nerve Belfast; Cinemagic and AMMA Centre, Armagh.
ScreenWorks, supported by Northern Ireland Screen and delivered by Into Film, is an exciting new scheme to help young people in Northern Ireland aged 16-19 to explore screen crafts through a range of unique work experiences.
Young people are invited to apply for a ScreenWorks experience, where each participant will learn about a craft or technical role in the Northern Ireland film industry on a 3-5 day work experience placement.
You can find more information regarding ScreenWorks here.
The various film festivals in Northern Ireland do offer volunteer opportunities and you should visit the websites of the Belfast Film Festival, Cinemagic and Foyle Film Festival for information.
From time to time, the news section of the Northern Ireland Screen website (“News and Events” is accessible from the Northern Ireland Screen website home page) will also host calls for volunteers from the film festivals.
We would advise that you regularly visit our website and/or follow us on our various social networking sites including Facebook and Twitter – links available to these via our home page. You may also wish to sign up for our regular e-Zine newsletter.
Northern Ireland Screen is not responsible for crewing up on productions. Our main function is administrating and facilitating funding for film and television production in Northern Ireland rather than actual production itself. You can read more about Northern Ireland Screen here.
Crew calls for productions, which are funded and facilitated by Northern Ireland Screen, will be hosted on our Calls for Crew page.
Our searchable online production guide can be used to contact independent production companies in Northern Ireland.