Somerset Film Bursary

The Somerset Film bursary is a 12-week scheme enabling you to gain a small insight into the world of film-making and digital media. It is a voluntary role aimed at those aged over 18 years. During this time you’ll be asked to work with us for three days a week. This is an un-paid position but we have a budget of £250 for the duration of the bursary towards your expenses.

At The Engine Room as the bursary you will be able to observe and get involved in a wide range of activities that will contribute towards you becoming an all round freelancer filmmaker, from logging data, learning to use cameras and editing software, and sound recording, making DVD covers, to delivering films and invoicing. There’s a wide range of skills you need in order to be successful as a freelancer.

At The Engine Room we encourage creativity with all of the equipment available. We like people to gain new skills and have the opportunity to explore their own ideas and creativity, so you will also be encouraged to work on a personal project during your time here, utilising the skills you pick up along the way.

Whilst film-making is fun, there are essential day to day tasks you will undertake such as helping to keep equipment cupboards tidy and assist staff where needed. We try to give everyone as much hands on experience as possible.

We feel it’s fair to say that there is no clear route into the world of film-making, but what you put into the bursary scheme is what you will get out of it.

We currently offer four bursary placements a year. To be considered for the next placement (April - June 2020) we ask that you complete an application form and send to [email protected] by February 29th 2020. 

Please note it is likely there will be more applications than bursary places. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a short interview based on the responses and material submitted through this application form so please use this space to tell us why you’re the right person to be accepted on this course.

We aim to ensure that all aspects of our work reflect diversity and support equality of opportunity. Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to ask you to complete an equality monitoring form and send with your application. Any information you provide us is used for monitoring purposes only and will not be used as part of your application assessment. This monitoring information helps us to identify if we are achieving the aims and objectives set out in our business plan. 

We are unable to offer a place to everyone who applies or to provide feedback on applications. If you are unsuccessful we encourage you to subscribe to our ebulletin or social media to be informed about other projects and opportunities.