Training & Mentoring


Karen was Interim Creative Director at GMAC Film from August 2020- March 2021 where she developed new training, development and mentoring projects and partnerships for new entrants and young people making their first short films. She was instrumental in the setting up of Little Pictures the short film commissioning scheme for under represented groups funded by Screen Scotland and while at GMAC oversaw the BFI Film Academy for 16-25 year olds.

Between 2008 and 2013 Karen managed Scotland’s new entrants training programme for new film & TV crew, Screen NETS, funded by Creative Scotland and Creative Skillset at Scotland’s national film school, Screen Academy Scotland  At the Screen Academy she also managed a CPD training programme of short courses training in screenwriting, production and post production skills for industry professionals in Scotland. And she delivered industry training, advice and mentoring to the MA & MFA producing, directing and screenwriting students.

Karen was also Project Coordinator for UWS Creative Media Academy where she coordinated various industry workshops and projects for the Media Academy including the launch of new MA courses in Filmmaking and Screenwriting at Glasgow Short Film Festival 2015.


Karen was one of sixteen BAFTA Scotland mentors selected to work with young people on media projects in the Glasgow area, part of a BAFTA Scotland/Media Trust’s Youth Mentoring programme in Scotland. Karen worked with young people at Scottish Spina Bifida Association youth group to produce a short film and put on a film premiere in their local community centre in 2010.

Karen has mentored young filmmakers aged 18-23 years old through Glasgow Film Festival’s Pop Up Programmers project advising them on how to produced pop up film events and screening. Karen also mentored young filmmakers at Glasgow Youth Film Festival

Get in touch with Karen to manage training projects or if you are looking for a mentor for young or new filmmakers.

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