What We Do

Our background

The Film & Television Charity provides advice, support and financial assistance to people who work or have worked in the Film and TV industry in the UK.

We offer support to individuals and families working in the industry or who have previously worked in Film, TV and cinema exhibition, when facing personal and career challenges.

These challenges may include:

  • Health issues
  • Injury and mobility problems
  • Unemployment
  • Redundancy and career issues
  • Personal and mental health issues
  • Retirement and care in later life
  • Debt and financial issues

For the full range of situations for which we provide support, visit Your Situation.

Our head office is in London, with a satellite office in MediaCity UK and with our own fully trained visitors across all regions of the UK. You can find us here.

How we do it

We support those working in Film, Television and Cinema who experience difficulties due to poor health, career issues and other circumstances, often beyond their control.

Each year we distribute around £1million in financial support to hundreds of individuals and families who need urgent and ongoing assistance. We also support emerging talent in Film and TV.

We do this through a number of ways alongside our general support fund, including The Family Support Fund for parents and carers, Going Places Fund to aid with travel to networking or job opportunities and Talent Development programmes, including The John Brabourne Awards (JBAs), the Richard Attenborough Scholarship for the National Film and Television School (NFTS), and the Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme.

Discover more about our funding programmes here.

Your situation

For those in need of support, the only criteria for assistance is at least two years of work in the industry, as staff, contractor or freelancer. This two-year period does not need to be consecutive.

We’re able to provide support for financial and debt issues, as well as practical help – for example, if your washing machine has broken down. Our support team regularly assists and offers guidance from every part of the Film and TV industry and at every stage of your career, including if you’re retired or out of work.

Here’s a complete list of the situations we’re able to provide support and help to you.

If you’re looking to boost your Film amd TV career, our talent development awards are a great place to start. Discover more here.

If you’re unsure whether you are eligible for support, please contact us right away. Our friendly support team will be able to answer any questions in full confidence. Here’s how to get in touch.