Brighton & Hove has a significant cluster of film professionals covering all aspects of film-making including technical and location crew. Much of the industry relies on informal networks and contacts which can make it difficult for technical crew to make contact with visiting film companies. There are also national industry associations and professional bodies for those working in the film industries that provide their members with support, networking and details of opportunities.
If you are working in film in production you may want to join the national crew database provided by Creative England which is free to join and searchable by city/region:
BAFTA is the UK’s leading organisation promoting and rewarding the best in film, television and interactive media. It is a charity and a membership organisation, and its prestigious annual awards helps to raise the profile and reward British talent on an international stage. This includes Production categories for sound, editing, writing and design.
The Production Guild supports the most experienced production personnel in the film industry including accounts, location managers and those working at a high level in production and post production. It works on behalf of its members to improve employment opportunities, offer professional advice and to lobby the government on issues, which affect the industry.
The PMA is a professional body of film, television, corporate and multi-media production managers. Within the film and television industry the Association provides a network for both freelance and permanently employed production managers who must be able to demonstrate 3 years professional work and at least 6 production credits.
UK Screen Association is the trade body supported by industry for businesses providing services to the film and TV industries.
Women in Film and Television UK (WFTV) is a membership association open to women with at least one year’s professional experience in the television, film and/or digital media industries.
BECTU is the independent union for those working in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, leisure, interactive media and allied areas who are primarily based in the UK.