Film & Television Charity invests in new talent

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Thu 7th Jun 2018

Industry News

The Film & Television Charity, supporting individuals at every stage of their careers in the industry, has today announced the first tranche of its John Brabourne Awards (JBAs) since it re-launched in April with a revitalised mission. The talented individuals who will receive a JBA include: a writer/director, producers, an artist/filmmaker, a musician/filmmaker, an editor, and a director of photography. The JBAs are an integral part of the Charity’s growing suite of programmes and services to help the industry thrive and which encompass the new 24/7 Film & TV Support Line.

Nine filmmaking talent have been selected from 127 applicants by an industry panel in the first tranche of 2018’s JBAs. These individuals will each receive up to £5000 to help them progress their careers by developing projects, covering post-production costs and contributing to NFTS course tuition fees. 

The 2018 Awardees are:

Koby Adom – Writer/Director. British-Ghanaian Koby’s graduation film House Girl was screened at the BAFTA qualifying London Short Film Festival and the Africa International Film Festival in Lagos. His JBA is helping him to turn House Girl into a feature film as well as working on other short films and creative projects. (South East)

Ayo Akingbade – Artist/Filmmaker. Ayo’s short film, Tower XYZ, received a Special Mention Award at the International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen and won the inaugural Sonja Savić Award at the Alternative Film/Video Festival. Her new film, Street 66, premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam and screened at the ICA, London. Ayo’s JBA will go towards developing Dear Babylon, a short film about the future of social housing. (London)

Aurora Fearnley – Director. Aurora has a slate of sci-fi features in development. After winning The Pitch at Pinewood, Aurora shot sci-fi short Pulsar starring David Gyasi (Troy, Interstellar) and Jessie Buckley (Taboo, Beast) which premiered at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival 2018. Aurora’s JBA will help with living costs while writing her debut feature film, Tipping Point and support the festival strategy for Pulsar. (London)

Jamie Gamache – Producer. Jamie set-up up Lowkey Films with director Conner O’Hara. Their short films have been screened worldwide and include Infinite starring BAFTA nominee George Mackay. Now working with a number of new directors, Jamie is currently developing a diverse slate of films. Jamie’s JBA will support him financially as he begins to dedicate more time to his projects and leaves his job as a sound engineer. (South East)

Rachel Gold – Producer. Rachel’s company Bay House Pictures Ltd has a slate of projects of different genres currently in development. She also works as a freelance on feature length and short form content across various platforms. Her JBA will be used to support her feature film, The Secret Inventors’ Club. (South East)

Jamie King – Filmmaker/Musician. Jamie is currently studying Editing at the NFTS. He has worked in a wide variety of education programmes with young people and In Peace Apart, a short documentary about integrated schooling, received critical acclaim. His JBA will go towards his fees and living expenses as he completes his MA. (Northern Ireland)

Olivia Loveridge – Producer. Olivia was born in New Zealand and is based in London. Her first feature film, Here Comes Hell, which she is working on with her company Trashouse Films, will finish shooting in May 2018 and her JBA will help towards post-production. (London)

Adam Singodia – Director of Photography. Adam shot the feature length documentary Dying Laughing which premiered at the LA Film Festival in 2016 and he is currently completing a Cinematography MA at NFTS. His JBA will contribute to his tuition fees. (London)

Nour Wazzi – Producer/Director. Nour has collaborated on a number of features and shorts over the last 13 years such as Oscar® nominee Wasteland. Most recently she directed on the BBC mini-series The Break and co-wrote, produced and directed the Doha Film Institute backed short thriller Baby Mine starring Alexander Siddig (Syriana). Nour’s JBA will help her develop her latest sci-fi project, Chimera. (London)

Commenting on the impact her JBA has had on her career, Kat Wood, an Awardee in 2016, said,

“In the two years since getting my award I've signed with an agent, sold a screenplay to Amy Pascal's Pascal Pictures, directed my first short film starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and been named a Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2017.

The support of the Film & Television Charity by giving me my John Brabourne Award has been integral to my success. The JBA team's support goes beyond just the financial; I felt they genuinely believed in me and that I could achieve my goals.”

Rachel Hillman, the Film & Television Charity’s Director of Grants & Programme Development said,

“I’m delighted to announce this year’s first tranche of the Film & Television Charity’s John Brabourne Awards. We’ve identified a set of talented filmmakers who have the drive and potential to progress their careers and who will benefit from the support of a JBA. What makes these awards different is we recognise that people need additional financial support to help take the pressure off. It’s really tough juggling work and finances with creative projects and we know that our previous winners have found the seed capital that a JBA provides, is essential in giving them the space they need to allow ideas to flourish. We can’t wait to see what this year’s first round of talented awardees achieve.”