If you're looking for full-time or long-term work in the film industry then your best bet will most likely be to look for jobs through film recruitment agencies. They are hired by production companies and creative agencies to find candidates for open job positions in their organisations. Although some recruiters also look for freelance or temporary work positions, the bulk of jobs that you'll find through recruitment companies will be for full-time work. This will not only allow you to do what you love full-time but will also give you the opportunity to make valuable contacts and learn about the business and wider industry. In this blog, we have put together the ultimate directory of 70+ London-based film recruitment companies.
It's worth pointing out that it's very difficult to find full-time jobs on film sets, as by their nature these kinds of positions are project-based. If you love working on film and TV sets and want to work as a camera operator, runner, production assistant, etc. then we'd recommend starting out in TV. The work is a lot more stable and therefore it's easier to find full-time roles that aren't office based.
Of course, the alternative is to start with an office-based role such as a TV researcher or assistant and learn about the industry. These kinds of positions will give you a lot of insight into what future roles on set you want to have! You will most likely also be able to spend some days helping out on set and building up your work experience.
You can also take a look at our list of film job sites here, which will give you a list of all the different platforms and websites where both recruiters and individual companies post jobs. You will be able to apply for the jobs directly on these platforms.
You can also go down the route of proactively emailing and calling film production companies and letting them know that you're interested in working for them and asking if they have any vacant positions. If that strategy sounds interesting to you then take a look at this blog with a list of London film production companies.
Finally, Facebook groups are still a great place to find work especially if you're a freelancer looking to get jobs on smaller projects. We have put together a few lists of useful Facebook groups which you can check out below:
Most professionals recommend getting a full-time job in the film industry first before considering going freelance. The main reason for this is that it is so incredibly difficult to find steady work as a freelancer.
But if you are already a freelancer or are looking for freelance film work, whether it's jobs for a video editor, jobs in video production or any other jobs in the film industry, then you might want to get an agent! Take a look at our list of 40+ London-based Film Crew Agents.
Without further ado, below is a full list of film recruitment agencies. On nearly every single one of the websites below, you will be able to register, upload your CV and portfolio and wait to be contacted by the company. Most will also have a jobs board where you can apply for specific positions that you are interested in. We, of course, always recommend doing both!
Film Recruitment Companies
Creative Recruitment Companies
We hope you enjoyed this blog about finding work in the film industry and we hope this helps you find movie production jobs near you. Although the competition is high, whether you are looking for runner work, camera operator jobs, editing jobs or any other positions, there are hundreds of jobs being advertised every single day in cities such as London – you just need to know where to look.
Take a look at some of our other resources for building a film career below:
Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or suggestions - we'd love to hear from you!
If you are looking to find work as a freelancer in the film industry and would like some more guidance and help, then take a look at this Udemy course which goes through a detailed client acquisition strategy. The course outlines three separate strategies for finding steady work as a freelancer without using any paid advertising or social media promotion.
We also offer a series of courses on funding and distributing your film online which you can browse using the links below:
Feature Film Funding and Distribution Course - 14+ hours of video tutorials will guide you through the entire process of funding and distributing your film. It will go through a variety of methods and strategies including crowdfunding, private investors, product placement, online distribution, cinema releases and much, much more!
Feature Film Producing Course - 4+ hours of video tutorials teaching you how to fund and distribute a feature film with a budget between 50–500k.
Film Crowdfunding Course - 4+ hours of video tutorial teaching you how to prepare for, launch and market a film crowdfunding campaign.
Online Film Distribution Course - 4+ hours of video tutorials teaching you how to self-distribute a feature film online.
Finally, you can also take a look at our upcoming online and in-person London-based events here.