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.

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, Head of Content, The Mill - Oliver Allgrove. 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. Entries are now closed for this season's placement. Next one kicks off in June...

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

Pier Tommaso Chirico

I was born and raised on the Isle of Capri, Italy and started making films when I was 14 for local businesses and weddings (obviously). I moved to the UK in 2017 to study Film at Ravensbourne University and that’s when things started taking off.

I have had experience in the field working as a freelancer, meeting interesting individuals and practising the one thing that I have the greatest passion for. Everything I do is in direct relation to filmmaking. I always imagine creating a video with my eyes. Film is something I really believe in, and I put everything into it, devoting myself wholeheartedly.

I initially applied to Film Labs to further my understanding of the craft. From ideation and planning to the final touches of post-production. Telling interesting stories through films is something I love doing and at Cheil I have found the perfect place to do so. I am enjoying every aspect of this experience, working with industry professionals and creatives.

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Thank you. Your entry has been submitted!

We’ll be in touch by 11th December, 2018 to let you know
if you’ve made it on to our shortlist.