BRITISH FILM DESIGNERS GUILD

The BFDG is a flourishing, growing, professional group of talented individuals who have over 550 accredited memberships of skilled Creatives and Production Designers, spanning the various branches of the Art Department in Film, Television and Commercials.

It was formed with the aim of raising the standards and profile of the Art Department and protecting the interests of its members over 75 years ago. 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.

Member Directory

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

Become a Member

Next Submission Deadline
2021/12/28 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.

NEWS UPDATES

Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden confirm support for Outstanding Contribution to the Art Department Award

The British Film Designers Guild are delighted to confirm support from Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden for the Outstanding Contribution to the Art Department Award.

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Introducing Desmond MacMahon – Portrait Painter

Introducing BFDG Member Desmond Mac Mahon - Portrait Painter. This portrait of Dame Judi Dench as M was painted by Desmond for the latest Bond film 'No Time To Die'. Desmond is a classically trained painter who takes on commissions for film.

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‘Red Carpet Rookies’ – the late Peter Lamont interviewed by Mike Battle

This podcast is an absolute treat, listen to it if you can... As part of his regular podcast series 'Red Carpet Rookies' Mike Battle interviews much loved Production Designer and BFDG member, the late Peter Lamont.

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TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE BFDG PRODUCTION DESIGN AWARDS 2021 AND 75TH ANNIVERSARY!

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS THE BFDG AWARDS 2021! To be held on Saturday 12 March 2022 at The Londoner Hotel, Leicester Square, London. Not only will we be honouring the winners of this year's awards but we will also be celebrating 75 Years of the BFDG.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

December 1, 2021
8:00 pm
Non Members Welcome
The MBS Group and MBSE Europe are pleased to invite you to their second webinar in a series on virtual production. Speakers include BFDG member and Production Designer Jamie Lapsley, Producer Lloyd Elis and DoP Gavin Finney. This event will be moderated by Chris Cox and Dave Fraunces from the MBS Group. Please note that this event is not being organised by the BFDG and therefore we are unable to provide any further information. Any queries should be sent directly to the organisers.
Click here to book.
December 11, 2021
9:30 am
- 12:30 pm
BFDG Members Only
This will be our last Vectorworks course of the year and is aimed at designers that have some experience with Vectorworks or at least attended the foundation course. The main aim of this short course is to refresh designers on topics that they want to improve their efficiency on. Outline: Setting up the drawing area (Design Layers) Drawing/editing simple shapes Snapping Symbol creation Resource Manager Setting up the printing area (Sheets) Viewports Annotations Text Styles Print/Export/ Publish Criteria for Delegates: The course is for those who already use Vectorworks and who would like to refresh their skills. Only active BFDG members can apply for this course. The cost of the course is £25 (subsidised by the BFDG)
BFDG members can book here
December 15, 2021
7:00 pm
- 8:00 pm
Non Members Welcome
In the next of our Design Forum series, BFDG Award Winning Production Designer, Arwel Jones will be talking about the design process behind the Netflix series Dracula.
Register here
January 19, 2022
7:00 pm

Student Mentoring Event – Getting Your First Art Department Job

Non Members Welcome
An opportunity for final year students from our educational partner institutions to join a forum with BFDG HoD members to discuss getting your first role within the Art Department. We will talk about how to create your portfolio, how to get your foot in the door and how to impress. We will hear first hand from our experienced panellists about how they made their first steps in the industry. Students will have the opportunity to send questions in advance and also on the day. Booking links will be sent directly to our educational partners via email. If you would like to enquire about joining this event, please email [email protected] for more information.

ARTICLES

View our Film Focus & Day in the Life articles or submit an article below.

MEMBERS SHOWCASE

See what our members have been working on!

QUESTIONS? ADVICE?

You can always contact the BFDG office for confidential advice and guidance.

Phone:
Office + 44 (0)1753 785967
Mobile + 44 (0)7823 348431

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