1517566403Guiding Lights: Feature Focus mentees (back l to r): Rubika Shah, Corinna Faith, Nick Rowland, Rose Glass, Isobel Pietsch, (front) Marie Lidén and Chris Shepherd

Guiding Lights: Feature Focus

Guiding Lights: Feature Focus is an exciting new iteration of the established mentoring programme for emerging talent from Lighthouse. Active since 2006, this new edition will support the professional development of eight writer-directors, directors and producers, and respond to a very specific and real industry need: support for filmmakers actively making their first feature film.

Working with programme partners from both the public and commercial sectors, a number of candidates at a suitable stage in their first feature production process were identified and invited to submit an application, from which the final eight participants were selected.

The eight mentees in Guiding Lights: Feature Focus are:


Chris Shepherd – Mentors: The Blaine Brothers
Nick Rowland – Mentor: Michael Pearce
Rose Glass – Mentor: TBA
Marie Lidén – Mentors: James Spinney and Peter Middleton 
Rubika Shah – Mentor: TBA 
Corinna Faith – Mentor: Rachel Tunnard


Isobel Pietsch – Mentor: Nicky Bentham 
Rebecca Day – Mentor: TBA

Working across fiction, documentary or animation, the participants will receive two tiers of mentoring: ongoing one-to-one support from a ‘peer mentor’ (a Guiding Lights alumna who has made a feature themselves), and focused input from established, world-class industry professionals who will act as ‘spot mentors’ through one-off meetings. Alongside the mentoring, participants will benefit from a number of complementary industry training and networking events.

Guiding Lights: Feature Focus is primarily funded by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery, and sponsored by STUDIOCANAL and Sharp House. Further support is provided through programme partners: Film4, BFI, Creative England, Creative Scotland and Horizons.

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