Working with us

We currently have two positions available (all positions are on a  freelance basis):


You will have experience professionally as an actor in the industry, as well as experience working with children (ideally as young as P6 to S6).

The role requires running workshops on acting skills, playing creative games, mentoring the students in devising new films, and coaching on set during productions.

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This is a dual role of Screenwriter and Production Mentor/Editor. Candidates will have experience of production on set, or working knowledge of Final Cut Pro editing software.

Mainly you will be trained as a screenwriter and have working experience in writing screenplays, and ideally experience working with children from P6 through to S6.

The role requires delivering workshops on screenwriting, but mainly in mentoring the development of the students new films.

You would be required to write 6 scripts during term time with a 2 week turn around, as well as 3 or 4 scripts for the summer schools (one of these is a late session on the first day of summer school to deliver the script by the morning).

The scripts are (all based on the students own ideas):

9-12s; 2 scripts of 3 pages, and two scripts of 5 pages

Junior Teens; 2 scripts of 8 – 9 pages.

Senior Teens; mentoring student writers of their own scripts of 10 – 11 pages.

The summer school scripts are usually between 3 and 5 pages in length each.

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The Screenwriter changes between roles during the Academy year. The students have varying production schedules, the main one being after New Year when the screenwriter would change roles to mentor on productions, either on set or in the edit.

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Both of these positions have a deadline of mid August, to start mid September.

If you are interested in either of these positions, or future positions, please upload your CV and a covering letter by clicking on one of the main areas below.  You can submit in more than one category if you wish.

The Film Academy is most interested in tutors who have a number of strings to their bow.

The Film Academy tutors are all experienced film and TV professionals, who have a flair, and often experience, in teaching children the ins and outs of the film industry and making films.  If you would like to be part of this dynamic team you must have a passion for both.

The Film Academy runs on two days after school:

Wednesdays 5pm to 7pm and Fridays 4:30pm to 6:30pm during term time (we break for all Edinburgh School holidays) from mid September through to mid June, as well as two weeks of summer schools at the end of July and start of August.

All staff are expected within reason to be available to attend the summer school weeks where needed.

Some tutors do not work every week (though most do), which has the advantage of fitting in the tutoring around their professional work at the same time as being able to pass on current experience to the students.

There are three groups; 9-12s, Junior Teens and Senior Teens (16+). The 9-12s make up to two short films a year, whilst the two teen groups concentrate on one, high production value film each. 

Applicants must have a PVG through Disclosure Scotland. This can be done through the Film Academy if you do not possess one already, but must be in place before any work can be offered.

Prior to employment you will be required to sit an online child protection training course.

Ideally you will hold a current first aid certificate, but the Film academy runs regular courses if you do not have one.

Tutors are freelance and as such invoice the Film Academy once a month, and are paid an hourly rate plus any reasonable travel expenses.  Ideally you will be based in Edinburgh or surrounds.


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