2.0 Career Readiness

Approved tax credit applicants must participate in a career-based learning and training program as an opportunity to inspire, train, and give back to the next generation of filmmakers. This requirement may be fulfilled during any phase of the production.

Hours paid for 179 Interns hired from 40 schools.

Number of student participation in professional skills tours from 24 organizations and schools.

Number of teachers from 27 colleges and high schools took part in Faculty Externships.

Non-profit organizations and local schools benefitted from Classroom Workshops.

Total amount of Financial Contributions received to fund local non-profit organizations.

2.0 Career Readiness Requirement Options

The Career Readiness Requirement offers five different options, including virtual sessions: paid internships, workshops by production professionals, professional skills tours and/or set visits, continuing education for educators, or a financial contribution.

Approved applicants shall contact Deputy Director Nancy Rae Stone to discuss options, including virtual sessions.

Financial Contribution

Make a financial contribution to California Department of Education (CDE) or California Community Colleges (CCC). Financial contribution based on .25% of the estimated tax credit reservation, with a minimum of $5,000 and a maximum of $12,000 (more may be contributed, if desired).

Community College Contributions – Write the check to Foundation for California Community Colleges; write on the check “Non-Profit Internship Fund” in the memo line. Please request a receipt and submit it, along with the form, to the CFC for verification of the contribution when submitting final documentation for a tax credit certificate. Contact and mailing address is on the California Community College website.

California Community College (CCC) Donation: W-9 for Community Colleges Contribution

High School Contributions – Write the check to Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation; write on the check “Career Readiness Program” in the memo line. Please request a receipt and submit it, along with the form, to the CFC for verification of the contribution when submitting final documentation for a tax credit certificate. Contact and mailing address is on the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation website.

To request a receipt for a Career Readiness contribution, contact:
Wendy Dougherty, Chief Operating Officer or William Glenn / CDE Foundation(866) 259-0521

California Department of Education (CDE) Donation: W-9 for Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation

Financial Contribution Verification Form

Classroom Workshops & Lectures

Provide students enrolled in a California high school or California community college a minimum of 8 hours of classroom workshops, panels, or demonstrations on aspects of the film industry, conducted by entertainment industry professionals. The following recommendations are ways to conduct classroom workshops safely and effectively, while practicing physical distancing.

  1. Industry professionals (including below the line department heads and crew) are invited to give livestream masterclass presentations or pre-recorded guest lectures and in-class demonstrations that can be accessed at local school sites. Providing a career-focused virtual presentation to faculty and students is a rewarding way to share the expertise gained through years of industry experience.
Virtual Session Examples
    • A cinematographer provides a virtual tour of the latest equipment used to shoot on set or in various types of locations.
    • A production manager shows pre-recorded or livestream an overview tutorial on the changes to set or location-based production to accommodate Covid-19 safety protocols.
    • An AD or line producer could pre-record a tutorial on their process for scheduling and creating a call sheets and other production documents using industry-specific software.
  1. Reach a larger audience by virtually presenting (via livestream or pre-recorded) at state or regional conferences to assist film and television instructors in delivering the most up-to-date information to their students at the school site.
  2. Production companies can structure their commitment by combining individual classroom, lecture, and/or virtual career readiness presentations.
  3. Help with curriculum development to provide authentic, industry-related assignment.
  4. Record how-to videos that can be utilized across multiple campuses.
  5. Host a virtual workshop on a particular aspect of production or post-production to serve students, instructors, and administrators
Virtual Session Examples
    • An editor demonstrates to students how to do parallel editing from three camera studio sessions.
    • A cameraman demonstrates the menu structure of a Red or Arri camera.
    • A Digital Imaging Technician explains the protocols of transferring footage from data card to computer and proper backup procedure.

Post-Completion Survey
Classroom Workshops & Lectures Verification Form

Faculty Externship

Provide a minimum of eight (8) hours for educators and/or faculty to observe the set operations, post-production and other specialized departments. Production companies may provide arts, media, and entertainment educators an opportunity for a virtual job shadow or audit a virtual production meeting of a particular department. Pre-recorded or virtual tutorials are recommended to accommodate physical distancing.

Virtual Session Examples
  • Attend a virtual meeting in which a script is broken down into visual effects shots.
  • Participate in a planning session, virtually, for a motion capture or green screen shoot and observe the filming.
  • Schedule a virtually job shadow day with a post-production supervisor to better understand today’s delivery elements for film and television.
  • Observe a livestream or pre-recorded spotting session with a director and/or a composer to better understand the latest music technology.
  • Virtually attend a 3-D film shoot and discuss the technology with the director of photography.
  • Attend a virtual color correction session to gain up-to-date knowledge of the latest tools.

Faculty Verification Form
Post-Completion Survey

Paid Internship

Provide to one or more students enrolled in a California community college or California CFC approved career-based learning program paid internship positions for a minimum of 75 hours each or a combination of internships with a minimum 225 hours in total. Internship experience should include working with professionals in the film industry and hands-on work assignments. Interns must be 18 years of age or older. Any productions utilizing interns in technical craft positions need to notify the applicable union representative prior to the start of the internship.

Post-Completion Survey
Paid Internship Verification Form

Professional Skills Tour

Provide to students, enrolled in a California high school or a California community college, a minimum of eight (8) hours of a professional skills tour, which may include a set visit and/or studio or production company department(s) exposure.

Professional Skills Tour Verification Form

Post-Completion Survey Only the instructor or class leader is required to fill out the survey.

Career Readiness Testimonials

Important Information

The California Film Commission (CFC) staff is here to help! Contact Deputy Director Nancy Rae Stone for specific questions about the Career Readiness Requirement.

  • The CFC will facilitate contact with high schools, community colleges, and/or career-based learning programs for Paid Internships, Faculty Externships, Studio Employment & Professional Skills Tours, and Classroom Workshop & Events.
  • As soon as the approved applicant selects an option, the appropriate verification form must be completed and emailed to the California Film Commission.
  • If a production selects on-set externships, internships, workshops/panels, or professional skills tours and set visits, all participants must adhere to health and safety protocols.
  • All participants in Paid Internships, Faculty Externships, Studio Employment & Professional Skills Tours, and Classroom Workshop & Events must complete an online post-completion survey.
  • A guide is available for participants who wish to submit a video testimonial; although highly recommended, this is not required.
  • High school or community college educators interested in participating in the Career Readiness Program shall contact the CA Film Commission with contact information and event details. The CFC may also match any upcoming school or non-profit organization events, such as career or mentorship day, with approved production companies to fulfill the career readiness requirement.

California Film Commission
7080 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 900
Hollywood, CA 90028
Tel: 323.860.2960 | 800.858.4749
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