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.

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. We will open again in August for the autumn placement. Watch this space...

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!

The judges

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.
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.
Vaughan & Anthena
Directors - Moxie Pictures
Legendary commercial and music-video directors Vaughan & Anthea's diverse and genre-defining career spans three decades.
They have collaborated with some of the greatest artists in pop-music history, and their commercial work includes seminal films for Levi's and Stella Artois. Vaughan & Anthea's visionary visual style is characterised by stand-out contemporary imagery and beautifully photographic storytelling.
Embarking on their careers in the late 1980s with a series of iconic, experimental music videos for up-and-coming artists, their distinctive, iconic work quickly attracted major artists such as George Michael and Jamiroquai.
It was only a matter of time before commercials came knocking. "DJ",their breakthrough piece of work for Wrangler in 1991, was rapidly followed by Levi's 'Creek' and Stella Artois 'Red Shoes'. Both campaigns won global acclaim, picking up D&AD honours for Best Direction and are still widely regarded as amongst the finest pieces of advertising of recent decades.
The pair were named Best Director by the BRIT Awards on three separate occasions, and in 2016 Vaughan was awarded the ICON award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Video at the UK MVAs.
In 1995, Vaughan & Anthea parted ways to pursue their solo careers, delivering acclaimed work for some of the biggest brands on the planet. Fast-forward to 2017, and Vaughan & Anthea have decided to get the band back together, and their creative partnership is reborn. The first fruit of their reunion is the much-lauded "Bring Merry Back" Christmas campaign for "House of Fraser.

Current Talent

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!

Chris Lee
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