The BFDG is a flourishing, growing, professional group of skilled Creatives and Production Designers, spanning the various branches of the Art Department in Film, Television and Commercials. To date we have over 630 accredited members.

We were formed over 75 years ago with the aim of raising the standards and profile of the Art Department and protecting the interests of our members. Those core principles still apply today, and we are a thriving and evolving creative community

We offer our members a range of benefits including the opportunity to promote themselves and their work,  networking events (which includes workshops, design forums and informative Q & A sessions), unique accident insurance, work availability information, industry news and the highlight of the year, our annual awards which celebrates our members’ talents.

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All our members are categorised by ability so you can easily cross reference their skills. Every single individual is a talented technician as we have strict entry requirements, so you can have the confidence of working with an accredited member.

Our membership covers a diverse range of skills and experience.
Spanning project budgets for international, independent and micro financed productions in both film & television

We create Feature Films

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Next Submission Deadline
2023/05/28 00:00:01

The BFDG is an all-inclusive, non-political organisation which welcomes into its membership all qualified applicants regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, neurodiversity, or age. For full details, take a look at our diversity statement.

In line with the Equality Act 2010, we strive to ensure the Guild is and continues to be, not only a beacon of excellence in the Art Department but a safe, welcoming and open society to everyone joining this creative community. To ensure that we are living up to this measure, may we encourage you to fully fill in this application form to aid us in positively encouraging the most diverse and inclusive professional group. If you prefer not to, then please select that option when filling in your form.

The application process takes place monthly, with the deadline to be considered within the next available review being the 28th of each month. After this point, your application will automatically roll over into the following period – apply to become a BFDG member today.


We’re Hiring! Part Time Events Executive Position.

The Guild is looking for a talented event executive to join the team on a part time basis. Further details can be found on the link below.


Listen to the Girls on Film Podcast with Lifetime Achievement winner Judy Ducker

Our Lifetime Achievement winner Judy Ducker joins Anna Smith, on her podcast Girls on Film to talk about her fantastic career working in the Art Department as a Set Decorator. Judy gives a fascinating insight into Production Design, buying and Set Decorating.


Listen to a special BFDG Awards episode of the Red Carpet Rookies podcast

In this latest episode of Red Carpet Rookies recorded at the BFDG's recent awards, Mike Battle talks to production designers: James Chinlund (The Batman), Luke Hull (Andor), Neil Lamont (Secrets of Dumbledore), Jim Clay (House of the Dragon), Sarah Greenwood (Cyrano)


Launching the BFDG Podcast – WIP ‘Work in Progress… Mark Kermode talks to the 3 Peter Lamont Spotlighting New Talent Award Finalists

In this first episode of ‘Work in Progress’, the BFDG’s new podcast, film critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode talks to three young designers nominated for the Peter Lamont Spotlighting New Talent Award, supported by Netflix Matilda Beard, Katie Mazurek and Rachel Neill



May 24, 2023
7:00 pm
- 8:00 pm
Non Members Welcome

In the third Design Forum of our series featuring winners from the 12th BFDG Production Design Awards, we are joined by the creative team behind The Batman talking to BFDG Vice Chair Jonathan Paul Green.

James Chinlund - PD, Grant Armstrong - SAD and Lee Sandales - SD will discuss their three year design journey investigating the world of Gotham.Their primary challenge was finding a way to bring a new take to an audience that had been exposed to so many diverse iterations of the world in the years and decades prior. This event is free to members of the BFDG. Non-members £5.00, special rates for students and juniors apply.

Register here
June 25, 2023
10:00 am
- 12:00 pm
BFDG Members Only
Non Members Welcome

Our AGM will take place at The John Barry Theatre, Pinewood. Join us and see what the BFDG has planned for the coming months as well as hear a summary of events and action taken over the past year. Open to members and potential members. Join either in person or via live stream (new this year!). If you are a potential member and would like to to attend please contact us [email protected]

Register here
June 7, 2023
7:00 pm
- 8:00 pm

BFDG Learn – Getting Your First Art Department Job

BFDG Members Only

At our next BFDG Learn we are holding a forum for students and industry newcomers who are just starting out in their Art Department careers. You will be able to meet our panel of experts who will answer your questions and address your worries about how to achieve your goal. The panel are: Gemma Jackson - PD, Neil Lamont - PD and Helen Johnson, Director of Talking Point.

Booking links will be sent directly to our educational partners and members via email. If you would like to enquire about joining this event, please email [email protected] for more information.

July 8, 2023
10:00 am
- 4:00 pm
BFDG Members Only

Join Kesoon Chance (Industry specialist at Vectorworks UK) for a one day training session that is aimed at members that want to dip their feet in the water with CAD or would like to learn more about a different design software than they have previously used. No experience is required as this will be an introduction session. The training will take in person at Pinewood Studios and will include lunch, coffee, tea and biscuits.

Cost: £65 + VAT (subsidised by the BFDG)

Register here


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