Film Labs

Getting a break as a young director is tough, but we’re here to lend a hand.

We’re looking for hungry, talented and energetic directors looking to cut their teeth on some of the world’s most famous brands, during a six-month paid internship.

How to apply

The application for entries is now closed.

We'll be in touch with all applicants by the 11th of December, 2018 to let you know if you've been shortlisted and we'll be holding interviews during the week commencing 17th of December, 2018 so we can have a chat, get to know you a bit better, and talk through your work.

The start date for the successful applicant will be the 7th of January, 2019 (hopefully it’ll be a nice distraction from the usual new year fat-and-broke feeling) and entrants must be 18 or over.

Meet the judges

Russell Schaller ECD Cheil London

Russell Schaller

Executive Creative Director - Cheil UK

Russell joined Cheil from Havas Worldwide during which time he created and wrote the award-winning short films for Chivas Regal, ’Here's to Big Bear’ and ’Here's to Twinkle’.

Schaller's short film ’One of The Gang’ for CLIC Sargent's ’The Joke Appeal’ campaign won several international awards, including Gold in Film Craft at the Kinsale Shark Awards and First Prize at the New York Festival of International Advertising.

Earlier in his career Russell worked at a host of creative shops including 4Creative, Mother and Endemol Shine Group's Princess Productions where he wrote on the award-winning Friday Night Project.

Cheil London Creative Director Lisa

Lisa & Chloe

Creative Directors Film - Cheil UK

Previous to Cheil, Lisa and Chloe worked at Havas, BETC, Recipe, DLKW Lowe, and Brothers and Sisters, creating work for clients including Dulux, Coke, Energizer, Chivas, Yakult and many more. They're passionate about every aspect of film; Lisa having directed an award-winning feature-length documentary and Chloe with a TV comedy series commissioned for development.


Sheridan Thomas

Global Executive Producer - Great Guns

Having worked in music videos for several years, Sheridan joined Great Guns in the mid '90s, where he is now Global Executive Producer and Head of Integrated. He has produced commercials and music videos for many of the world¹s biggest brands and artists, including recent work for Pampers, Peta, The Weeknd, Subaru and Nike; scooping up armfuls of metal at Cannes Lions, LIAs, Shots and Creative Circle. In a brief sabbatical from Great Guns, he somehow managed to find time to produce the action-adventure Sega videogame, Headhunter: Redemption for Playstation and Xbox. Sheridan is a regular lecturer on the NFTS Directing Commercials diploma course and the APA Production Masterclass, so has a keen eye for emerging talent. More recently, he has been invited to speak at several iconic industry events, including the LIA 'Creative Conversations' and the McCann/Eli Lilly Creative Conference in Tokyo.

Current talent

Chris Lee

Chris Lee

I’ve been freelancing in film and photography for a number of years, often self-shooting content with a passion for storytelling and documentaries. My last documentary, The Piñata King was nominated for Short of the year at Booooooom TV 2017, Vimeo staff-picked and selected for Best in Fest Tour at NYC International Children's Film Festival 2018. I initially applied for Film Labs to learn more about the in-depth creative process that I am otherwise not usually part of as a freelancer.

I hope to develop my skills as a director, working on challenging briefs with the team so that I can build the confidence to take on bigger projects in the future.

Working in-house at Cheil so far has been an eye-opening insight into the ongoing work and dedication behind the scenes. I’m enjoying the problem solving aspect to the role, working closely with the creative team, and I’m looking forward to creating some awesome content!

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We’ll be in touch by 11th December, 2018 to let you know
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