Gl9m_cropped__1__bannerGuiding Lights 9 mentees: Catryn Ramasut, Harry Macqueen, Kamilla Kristiane Hodøl, Sarah McCarthy, Lucy Cohen, Sean Spencer, Loran Dunn, Nicky Lianos, Demian Fox, Meloni Poole, John Hickman, Dominique Unsworth. Photo by Zoe Manders

Guiding Lights 9 Mentees

After a highly competitive selection process, during which over 230 applications were assessed, Lighthouse and Creative Skillset are delighted to announce the new mentees taking part in the ninth edition of Guiding Lights, the UK’s flagship film mentoring scheme. 

The Guiding Lights 9 cohort includes five directors, three writers and five producers (including a producing duo), who between them have wide experience across a range of formats including short film and features, documentary, multi-platform projects, comedy, and children’s fiction. Between them they have received notable accolades, including BAFTA nominations, and worked on award-winning projects, many of which have been shown at major film festivals worldwide including Cannes and Sundance.

We are delighted to be working with such a diverse group of emerging talent – as well as having a wide range of filmmaking experience, our Guiding Light 9 mentees hail from across the UK, including Cardiff, Manchester and London, and from Dublin, Ireland.

“Congratulations to the new Guiding Lights mentees. We are delighted to continue with our support for this world-leading programme through the Film Skills Fund, allowing the most promising of rising film talent to benefit from the advice and guidance of top film professionals. We look forward to tracking their development and seeing their films on screen.” Lisa Howe, Film Manager, Creative Skillset.

Emily Kyriakides - Senior Producer, Lighthouse, said:

As ever, the assessment phase has been an invigorating process, and a fascinating insight into the stories people want to tell. The new mentees are brimming with passion, vision and creative energy, and we’re excited to welcome them into the wider Guiding Lights circle, a thriving and supportive community made up of some of the UK’s most talented and proactive filmmakers.”

Our thanks go to Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, our programme partners for a fourth time, who are supporting the participation of an Irish writer on the scheme.


Directors – Lucy Cohen, Meloni Poole, Nicky Lianos, Sarah McCarthy, Sean Spencer

Producers – Catryn Ramasut, Dominique Unsworth, Kamilla Kristiane Hodøl & Emilie Jouffroy, Loran Dunn

Writers – Demian Fox, Harry Macqueen, John Hickman

Find out more about the Guiding Lights 9 mentees


First launched in 2006, Guiding Lights is the UK film industry’s leading mentoring scheme, supporting emerging film talent through high-level mentoring and a range of training and networking activities.

During their time on the scheme, each mentee is matched with a leading film industry professional who provides advice and guidance over a nine-month period. The last Guiding Lights scheme saw, amongst others, Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 45 Years), Tessa Ross (Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years A Slave) Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Ex-Machina, Halo), Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant, The Arbor), Asif Kapadia (Senna, Amy) and Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects, The Constant Gardener) join an illustrious list of former mentors, including Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli, Hossein Amini, Sam Mendes, Joanna Hogg, Abi Morgan, Nira Park and Kenneth Branagh.

Guiding Lights is run by Lighthouse and supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF).

Find out more about the Guiding Lights scheme.


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