Brighton digital arts agency Lighthouse and Creative Skillset have just announced the names of the 15 candidates selected for Guiding Lights 2014.

The scheme, supported by Creative Skillset and now in its sixth round, offers successful applicants nine months of one-on-one mentor support from established film industry professionals, as well as invitations to industry training and networking events.

In addition to the directors, writers and producers supported through Guiding Lights, this year’s scheme is also partnering with Film Hub South East – part of the BFI Film Audience Network – to support the participation of three exhibition professionals from the South East.


The 15 participants are:

Directors: Mahdi Fleifel, Michael Pearce, Elizabeth Stopford, Rachel Tunnard, Jack Weatherley

Writers: George Kane, Line Langebek, Joy Wilkinson

Producers: Paul Fischer, Emily Morgan, Elhum Shakerifar, Alex Thiele

Exhibition professionals: Jonathan Hyde, Rebecca Marshall, David Parker


More than 250 candidates applied for sought-after places on the acclaimed scheme, which aims to equip participants with the skills and contacts they need to take their careers to the next level. Successful mentees must demonstrate a solid track record in their fields, and the potential to help shape the creative landscape of the future.

Underscoring Guiding Lights’ commitment to promoting diversity within the film industry, the new mentees hail from across the UK and beyond, and bring a range of different perspectives on the world. Their professional backgrounds include work in TV, theatre, documentary, comedy, radio and commercials.


Lighthouse’s Senior Producer, Emily Kyriakides says:
“Due to the high level of interest in the scheme, the Guiding Lights selection process is always extremely competitive, and this year was no exception. We’re really excited by the past achievements, future potential and talent within the group, and feel that they have a lot to offer each other as well. They’re a very impressive bunch, and we look forward to working with them over the coming months.”

Creative Skillset Film Partnership Manager Gavin Humphries says: “Guiding Lights is the UK’s leading mentoring programme linking the best of new film talent with world-class film professionals. Alumni have gone on to achieve great success in the industry and we look forward to following the progress of this year’s mentees and continuing our support.”

Matching the Guiding Lights mentees with leading industry professionals is a careful and time-consuming task, with the management team aiming to pair each participant with a mentor whose skills and experience will directly complement and enhance their own.

Previous mentors include Sam Mendes, Barbara Broccoli, Danny Boyle, John Hillcoat, Abi Morgan, Paul Greengrass, Julian Fellowes, Tim Bevan, Alison Owen, Christopher Hampton and James Marsh.

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