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Frequently Asked Questions

Is training required to be an intimacy coordinator or intimacy director? 

We believe that intimacy direction and intimacy coordination are specialisms within the movement umbrella. They have modules, protocols, choreographic techniques and equipment of their own. Therefore we think it is essential to do specialised training in these roles and get qualified. We recommend that such training should also have in-person module/s and one-on-one mentoring. 

How do I know if the content of the training is meeting industry standards?

Our intimacy coordination programme is accredited by SAG-AFTRA.

We are based in the UK and our intimacy coordinator certification training also follows the standards laid out by Bectu Union's Intimacy Coordinators Branch.

For more info:

https://www.sagaftra.org/contracts-industry-resources/report-discrimination/intimacy-coordinator-resources/training-program

https://www.bectuintimacybranch.co.uk/guide-for-trainees 

I cannot work in the United Kingdom but can I still apply to train with you? 

We recommend that you first check training pathways with companies and trainers in your country for we believe that it is important to get to know your community, its practitioners and learn the practice developed for your industry.

We understand that this is not always possible, we ourselves certified with a company outside the UK.  So if you choose to train with us, take into consideration that you will need to adapt the practice learnt to your country's industry and its needs. 

I have no experience, training or knowledge in instructing movement to actors or ability to explain anatomy in motion. Do these roles require such professional skills? 

When the producer and director hire you they first and foremost will expect you to have a solid working practice of consent based practices and be able to facilitate intimacy movement and intimacy choreography when required. 

When working on set, intimacy movement instruction & coaching will need to be done efficiently so a solid experience and knowledge of body in motion, instruction and dealing with physical or technical restrictions is key in our opinion. 

When working in live performance, you will be required to plan consent based intimacy choreography and intimacy movement work over the full rehearsal period. So knowledge in leading intimacy movement exercises, intimacy choreography and overseeing safety is vital. 

We appreciate other experiences and knowledge that can connect to aspects of intimacy (such as producing, directing, cinematography, costume, psychology etc.) however our company see these as add-ons that can strengthen your ability as an intimacy professional. 

I started training with another company. I'd like to continue my training with you. Is that possible? 

Not for the 2023-2024 intimacy coordinator training due to the scholarships and structure of the course. 

We are looking into ways this can be available in future training. 
 

Does the DYCP Arts Council funding cover this course? Can I receive your fee details so I can include it in my DYCP application?

We have heard of individuals that received Arts Council funding to train as intimacy professionals. Best contact the ACE for further details on how to apply. 

Can I get the dates and fees for your next training?

Once these are available publicly on our website, we will post a notification on our social media. We cannot email these to you before they are available to everyone. 

Further Resources on Intimacy Coordination in the UK: 

Intro workshops: check NFTS Short Courses, London Film School 

Check intimacy guidelines and training hub on: https://www.bectuintimacybranch.co.uk/

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