British Film Institute (BFI) offering eight-month placement.

The BFI has launched the search for a trainee script editor, who would secure an eight-month placement with the organisation.

The new placement has been created by the BFI, which believes the British film industry would benefit from an increased number of script editors with real industry experience to help support and nurture both the current and next generation of writers.

It will consist of six months within the BFI Film Fund and two months with a production company.

The trainee would be exposed to writers across all levels of experience and genre. Features supported by the Film Fund include Steve McQueen’s Shame, Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, Ken Loach’s The Angels’  Share, James Watkins’ The Woman in Black, Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths, Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers and recent Cannes success Clio Bernard’s The Selfish Giant.

The successful candidate will shadow BFI Film Fund executives on multiple projects during their placement and participate in their meetings with writers, directors and producers. 

The candidate will also read scripts, provide script coverage, generate written script notes and deliver notes verbally in meetings.

During the placement, the candidate will be invited to have 1:1 sessions with executives and story editors within the Film Fund and also with leading external script editors.

The successful candidate will have two years of experience in the film industry and a demonstrable interest in storytelling, screenwriting and script development. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to read a script and write a script report.

The new placement has been spearheaded by BFI Film Fund senior executive Natascha Wharton, who has worked with Film Fund director Ben Roberts to bring it about.

According to the BFI, this is not a one-off and there are plans for continued placements in the future.

The application deadline is Sept 23, 2013 and more information can be found here: