Film Labs

Film Labs

Getting a break as a young director is tough. You need experience to land representation, but how do you get valuable experience if you're not represented? Here's a start. 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. You'll be working alongside some of industry's sharpest creative brains, on cutting edge projects. You'll get to direct your own branded content film for one of our clients, and learn how creative agencies pitch and develop projects. At the same time we get fresh thinking and enthusiasm - it's a win-win situation.

The successful applicant

You will work as part of the Cheil UK creative department across all applicable briefs. As well as receiving mentoring from some of advertising and the film industry's top creative minds, you will attend talks from industry leaders. Previous speakers include:

Acclaimed British Director - Ben Wheatley
Managing Partner, Blink Ink - Bart Yates
Producer, BBC VR Hub - Dinah Lammiman
Senior Motion Graphics Designer, Territory Studio - Nick Lyons
Founder, Great Guns - Laura Gregory

You'll be working as part of the creative department so be prepared to lend a hand at concept creation, writing, directing, and post production. Good luck!

How to apply

Submit a film that you've made which best demonstrates your skillset as a filmmaker. The film should be independently funded and under a minute long - or a short excerpt. We accept music videos, social media clips, documentaries - anything that shows off your flair for filmmaking. We are most interested in your voice as a director, so don't worry if the film isn't highly polished. Please list all your production skills including offline and online editing - the more strings to your bow the better.

Application for entries are currently closed.

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 Sam

Sam Shepherd

Creative Director Craft - Cheil UK

Sam is an award-winning Creative whose career has seen him working within digital, traditional, social and experiential channels at agencies including Glue London, Publicis & Havas Worldwide to name a few. Sam’s passionate about craft and has art directed and written big TV campaigns for brands like Betway, Santander and Citroën.

Cheil London Senior Art Director Lisa

Lisa Morgenthau

Senior Art Director - Cheil UK

Previous to Cheil, Lisa worked at Havas, BETC, DLKW Lowe, and Brothers and Sisters, creating work for clients including Diet Coke, Peugeot, Chivas, Yakult and many more. Lisa took a sabbatical from advertising for two years to shoot an award-winning feature-length documentary in Israel. She returned to advertising with a renewed passion for film and storytelling. In her spare time, she continues to make documentary films. Having first hand experience of the challenges facing young directors who are trying to make a break in the commercial world, she is determined to nurture young Film Labs talent with the specific aim of helping them build their portfolios as they embark upon their commercial careers.

Director Rogue Mark Jenkinson

Mark Jenkinson

Director – Rogue

A child actor of no particular talent, Mark nonetheless almost became Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace. Pod-Racing’s loss was film making’s gain, as those days have given him a great affinity with actors and ability to infuse his work with a warmth and emotion that most directors would take years to acquire.

Mark quickly developed his craft - not just as a gifted director - but as a master of the technical. He started off as a performance director but has always had a thing about engines. In 2013, he proved it by taking the back off a V10 Audi R8 and getting the driver to take it up to 200mph and back down again as quickly as possible which went from a small thing for the internet into a very big thing on TV and Cinema -and awards shows. The brand still regards it as their benchmark film in the performance category and overnight, it made him the go-to guy for cars. And that was before he even got his own driving licence.

He’s since shot award-winning films in amazing locations for Mercedes, Lexus, AMG, Renault, Nissan, BMW and Porsche.

Current talent

Ella Scanlon

Ella Scanlon

Ella is a director and filmmaker, based in London. She recently graduated with a BA (Hons) in Film Production at University for the Creative Arts in Farnham.

From a young age Ella has always had a natural leaning towards creativity and storytelling and growing up she was never without her camera, capturing anything and everything.

Her previous work involves documentary, drama and comedy genres, encapsulating the themes of relationships, mental health and escapism.

Ella’s final grad film Schmetterling (2019) was awarded Best Drama or Comedy short film by guest judges from the BFI NETWORK.

She is delighted to become part of the team at Cheil and is excited to challenge her creativity by taking part in new innovative projects.

Ella’s Winning Entry Film

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We’ll be in touch by 23rd August, 2019 to let you know
if you’ve made it on to our shortlist.