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May 2019

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Apply for the John Brabourne Awards – Deadline July 31st

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The John Brabourne Awards Talent Development Programme provides individual financial awards up to £5000. This can go towards production projects, scriptwriting and development, education and training and more. It is named in honour of legendary producer John Brabourne, one of Britain’s most prolific producers with an illustrious career spanning four decades and 27 films.

Here is some information about the JBA’s programme from the Film and Television Charity:

Who should apply?

We help anyone who is talented and driven but who has faced hurdles in developing their career. Whatever your situation, if you are struggling to take yourself to the next level we encourage you to apply. Apply if you work in any part of the Film and TV industry – that isn’t front of camera performance or presentation – and have at least two years professional experience, our programme can financially support a wide range of projects and work situations. 

Awards are made to individuals rather than teams, projects or organisations. Funding cannot be provided retrospectively. For example, covering production costs for a completed short film.

Areas where we have helped before include:

  • Production and development finance
  • Post production and festival distribution
  • Living support while developing projects, including scriptwriting
  • Tuition fees
  • Short training programmes


To apply for a JBA, you must be able to demonstrate that you:

  • Possess the talent required to succeed within your chosen field
  • Are in genuine need of financial assistance and our support will help you to overcome career hurdles in your personal and/or professional lives
  • Are committed and driven to progress your career
  • Have worked for a minimum of two years in the Film and/or TV industries (including aspects of online/digital broadcast). However, your experience does not have to be continuous and can be accumulative. Please note that your experience cannot include front of camera performance or presentation
  • Have a career focus primarily based within UK Film and/or TV at the time of applying

How to Apply

Applications are open for the Summer 2019 round, with a deadline for applications of midnight 31 July 2019. Apply and find out more here

To increase your chances of success, we advise reading the guidelines before applying and closely following the submission instructions. We’ll let you know we’ve received your application and are assessing it.


Find out more about the application process here or  read the full guidelines here.



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Watch the Last Witness in Birmingham – June 1st

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The Last Witness, filmed around the West Midlands, will be screened at the MAC on Saturday, June 1st at 5pm. The screening will be followed by a live onstage Q&A with BAFTA nomiated director Piotr Szkopiak and producer Carol Harding.

The Last Witness is a political thriller based on the harrowing true events of the Katyn Massacre in Spring 1940, starring Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike, I am Number Four), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter franchise, King of Thieves) and Talulah Riley (Westworld).

In post-war England, ambitious journalist Stephen Underwood (Alex Pettyfer) comes across a disturbing spate of suicides by Polish soldiers. Sensing a story, his investigation escalates as he finds himself embroiled in a dangerous, multi-layered conspiracy concerning the execution of 22,000 Polish military and civilians by Stalin’s secret police.

DP Edward Ames told British Cinematographer: “The whole film was shot in the West Midlands, in 18 days, using just six locations. We managed this in spite of a very limited budget, because we were very lucky, and because our entire production team were dedicated to making it work.”

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BFI NETWORK Weekender for emerging filmmakers – Deadline June 2nd

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The BFI NETWORKS’s new and improved talent development programme is back for 2019. Through the NETWORK Weekender, they design a weekend to invigorate, challenge, inspire and connect the most dynamic new filmmakers across the UK.

This year, Weekender will welcome more than 20 female-identifying and non-binary writers, directors and producers. Together, they can expand their skillset in a workshop-style environment in Manchester, from 12-14 July inclusive. All selected participants must be able to attend the programme in its entirety, unless medical circumstances specify otherwise.

Who should apply?

The BFI NETWORK is looking for filmmakers at the start of their careers who are about to take that next step into the industry but may need support in terms of finding their voice as a creative, meeting potential collaborators or furthering their knowledge of how the industry works.

We are beginning to see ripples of change in the industry, and our programme aims to celebrate the rising voices of marginalised filmmakers while nurturing their talents and helping to guide their future work.

The NETWORK hopes that participants will emerge from the weekend full of fresh ideas, inspired by intimate talks with key industry guests, and brimming with new contacts ready to spark future collaborations.

To Apply

Complete your application here.

Applications will close at midnight on 2 June 2019. No applications will be considered after this time. Before you submit your application, please complete the BFI National Lottery funding equality monitoring form.
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Become a Film/TV Assistant Production Accountant with APATS – Deadline 3rd June

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Do you have a desire to work in film and TV production accounting? Do you have previous experience of working in a junior position in accounts or finance? APATS might be the right fit for you!

About the Assistant Production Accountant Trainee Scheme 2019 (APATS)

The Production Guild are seeking to recruit and train TEN people from across the UK for this exciting course. It is designed for those wanting to work as Assistant Production Accountants on feature films or high-end TV in the UK. The programme will last from September 2019 to May 2020, consisting of a month of classroom training at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden Park. This also is followed by up to three paid work placements on film and High-End TV productions in the UK. Applicants must have a permanent UK address and be eligible to work in the UK.

For over 12 years, the Production Guild has trained people from differing backgrounds, work experience and qualifications who have consistently and successfully worked on film and TV production. This particular Scheme has trained over 50 new entrants to enter UK production.

Application details

Deadline for APATS applications is 3rd June 2019. 

Recruitment and Selection for the scheme will take place in May and June 2019.

Interviews are on 24th, 25th and 26th June 2019.

Classroom training: Commencing Monday 2nd September 2019 for four weeks

To register your details and download the APATS application form and guidance notes click here.

We particularly encourage applications from women, those from LGBT communities, those with disabilities and those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, since these groups are currently under-represented in the sector.

Don’t miss this opportunity to move your accounting career into Film & TV.

This programme is delivered by the Production Guild. It is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme. ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen industries. This scheme is funded by ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund and from direct contributions from feature film production and TV companies.

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BBC Three Opportunity for Midlands Creatives – Deadline June 3rd

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Our friends at BBC Three are calling all creatives for an exciting development opportunity in the Midlands. Become a BBC Three content producer through their Big Brum TV Link Up Event on July 4th. Find out how to apply for this event below.

Job Introduction

The BBC is for everyone.  We want to attract people from all backgrounds to be part of the BBC and to better reflect the UK today.

This is a chance for off-screen talent from under-represented groups to link up with the award-winning BBC Three in Birmingham.

We’re inviting experienced creatives interested in working in the Midlands, who are black, Asian, minority ethnic, and/or have a disability and/or are from lower socio-economic* backgrounds, to meet the team from BBC Three at The Big Brum TV Link-Up.  This special networking event takes place on the evening of Thursday 4 July and includes a series of one–to-one speed networking meetings with commissioners, execs and talent managers.  

BBC Three publishes award-winning content aimed at young audiences across digital platforms, including iPlayer. It has a team based at The Mailbox creating digital short-form, Factual and Factual Entertainment formats.  Across the year there are usually opportunities for skilled individuals. These include video editors, social media execs, researchers, assistant producers, producers, directors and Series Producers.

About The Big Brum TV Link-Up

If you have credits as a researcher or above or you’ve run a successful social media campaign, and are from one of the underrepresented groups mentioned, then please apply. Come along and meet the team to find out more about how your skills could match these opportunities.  Please note that all roles at BBC Three are subject to an open recruitment process and all appointments are based on merit.

You’ll also have an opportunity to meet with other content makers including representatives from BBC Birmingham’s Drama Village and local and regional programmes as well as independent production companies from across the West Midlands such as Wonder, Full Fat TV, Optomen Television, North One Television, Ragdoll Productions and FirstLook TV.

We’re expecting a lot of interest in this event so if you would like to attend please upload an up-to-date CV by Monday 3 June.  We’ll let you know by 10 June 2019 whether you have a place at the event.

*based on the occupation of the main wage earner of your household when you were aged 14.

To apply for the Big Brum TV Link Up Event, click here.


About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual’s unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

To apply for the Big Brum TV Link Up Event, click here.


Source: BBC
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My Sunshine

LGBT Flick “You Are My Sunshine” Filmed in the Black Country

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Set across two decades, You Are My Sunshine follows teenagers Tom and Joe, who first meet in the 1970’s. The 90-minute film was written and directed by Darlaston film maker Dave Hastings and produced by Troy Dennison and Kaush Patel. The story follows the two young men as they try to navigate their way through an uncompromising time in history. The audience witnesses the day they first met to the present day, which brings further conflict as well as a potential change in the air.


Filming just finished on the movie, at locations around Rhyl and the Black Country including Barr Beacon and Walsall Leather Museum. Crew shot the first segments of the story, set the 1970’s, last year, which saw Jack Knight as a young Joe and Steve Salt as young Tom. Director of photography Will Bradshaw studied the look of former British films made within the era while set designer L.J. ‘Stark’ Greenwood researched various colour palettes as well as vintage props to help bring the decade to life. The scenes showing their modern-day counterparts dealing with the repercussions of their early lives have now also been filmed.


Tom is a ‘typical young lad’ living an isolated existence after his family abandoned him. He lives on odd jobs, concealing his sexuality. Tom wants to spend his life with Joe, regardless of what the rest of the world thinks. Joe, reserved and shy, lives with his father, Martin, and sister Ethel, working for his dad’s painting firm.

Ernest Vernon from Staffordshire who plays modern-day Tom said he enjoyed bringing an older Tom to life. “The storyline, for me, revolves around the importance of everyone having a chance to enjoy life and to appreciate the value of living life in harmony, free of prejudice. This film tells that story in such an emotionally charged way, with emotions ranging from anguish and frustration, to warmth and understanding.

“The strong characters and the intricate emotional scenes leaping from the pages instantly attracted me. I couldn’t wait to get involved. It was a great pleasure to be involved with such a brilliant production. I can’t wait to see the finished film, and I hope that all that see it enjoy it too.”

Rosemary Manjunath plays present day Ethel while Charlie Clarke appears as younger Ethel. “The script is emotive and emotional, well written and thought provoking. After reading it for the first time, I was left in tears. I knew that I’d love to be involved in some small way,” said Rosemary. Johnathan Butler plays Ethel’s son John.


“We’ve had a lot of interest in You Are My Sunshine already,” said Dave, a lecturer at Walsall College. “People all over the world are asking about it. Some of the LGBTQ film community who’ve seen snippets of were in “floods of tears with happiness. For me, that means the world. It shows off this immensely talented and passionate team and cast that have helped bring this film to life in the best way possible, and that is always important to me first and foremost to honour them.”

You Are My Sunshine, which is a co-production between Lightbeam Productions, 5cm/Sec and Pat The Bull Films, is due to be released later this year.

For more information about You Are My Sunshine, visit their Facebook page.

Source: Express & Star

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In Conversation with David Harewood

In Conversation with David Harewood – June 6th

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Acclaimed actor David Harewood, MBE, returns to his hometown of Birmingham on Thursday 6 June for a special RTS Midlands ‘In Conversation’ event with BBC WM’s Samantha Meah.

David will talk about growing up in Birmingham, his illustrious career on stage, TV and in film over the last 30 years and his new BBC documentary David Harewood: My Psychosis and Me. The documentary is an exploration of mental illness and current available treatments. It is presented by David, who was successfully treated with anti-psychotic medication.

The event host Samantha Meah presents the BBCWM 95.6 Breakfast Show along with her co-host Daz Hale. Born in Lozells, she returned to her home station last year.

RTS Midlands also wants to thank their partner organisations for this event: BBC WM 95.6 and Film Birmingham.

Register for “In Conversation with David Harewood”

This event is free to attend. However, places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book your place please click here

Venue: The Banqueting Suite, The Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham

Date: Thursday 6th June 2019

Times: 7.00pm – 9.00pm.

Please arrive and register in good time as this event will start at 7pm prompt.


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New West Midlands Screen Industry Body

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There is some exciting news in West Midlands. Earlier this week West Midlands Combined Authority and Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, announced the creation of a new West Midlands Screen Industry Body. Film Birmingham look forward to working with the new body – which intends to act as a coordinated voice for the screen sector and oversee a programme of activities to support the industry.

This is a promising step forward, one which comes on the back of some significant developments in the region’s creative economy over the last 18 months, including winning a £1.3m boost from the DCMS Creative Industries Scale Up programme and the upcoming Local Industrial Strategy, with its commitment to ‘creative content, techniques and technologies’. The region’s screen sector has also benefited from supportive programmes such as Creative England’s Be More Birmingham event, the West Midlands Screen Bureau’s Design Labs, pilots and research and the work on the Channel 4 bid created momentum and identified some promising opportunities for the region’s creative industries.

Film Birmingham and other local partners will be involved in the consultation process for the WM Screen Industry Body. Creative industries specialist Suzie Norton (Zanna Creative) will be leading the consultations with stakeholders on behalf of West Midlands Combined Authority to help get this new project up and running. There are some exciting times ahead and we look forward to sharing more positive news and developments in the coming months.


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The Prosthetics Event

The Prosthetics Event coming to Coventry

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The Prosthetics Event is set to take place in Coventry at the Ricoh Arena on November 23rd. The monsters and makeup show will explore the work that goes into characters in films and TV. It is largely an educational event for those interested in the creation of makeup effects, monsters and body art. This could be for film, TV or casualty simulations. The event will offer learning and networking, with demos, talks and advice from top film industry professionals. It will also feature beautiful body art, extraordinary exhibits and shopping with leading specialist retailers. There is set to be plenty to see and do, for both beginners and experts in the prosthetics field.

The event comes to Coventry having outgrown its former home at Aston University in Birmingham. When it first started five years ago, the event was significantly smaller. Now. it needs 1,700 square metres of space inside the Ricoh Arena. The event is set to attract more than 50 exhibitors and around 2,000 visitors from across the country and overseas. Attendees are expected to range from make-up artists and tutors to hobbyists and beginners.

It is being hosted by event founder and prosthetics designer Neill Gorton from Millennium FX and Gorton Studio – who has worked on shows including Doctor Who and films such as Victor Frankenstein and The Wolfman – and will be carrying out demonstrations at Ricoh Arena.

What has been said about The Prosthetics Event?

Katie Davies, from The Prosthetics Event, says, “Interest in our event has grown significantly over the past few years, as different generations become increasingly fascinated with special effects seen in films and TV shows. This includes aspects such as how to safely attach foreign objects to bodies, applying ageing make-up correctly and how to accurately fit pre-made wigs and beards. The list of special effects is endless and this event is quickly turning into a central hub for special effects lovers can congregate. They can pursue their own hobby, start their career and film and TV professionals can share their experiences. Bringing our show to Ricoh Arena is an exciting new chapter in the show’s history. We’ve built a solid following during our inception in Birmingham. Now our move to Coventry allows us to meet demand from both exhibitors and visitors as word spreads about our show.”

Caroline Lissaman, Head of Event Management at Ricoh Arena, added: “This is one of the quirkiest events that we will have held at Ricoh Arena… The Prosthetics Event has bags of potential.”

For more information about the Prosthetics Event, you can check out their website here .


Source: Coventry Telegraph

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Watch the BAFTA TV Awards on May 12 on BBC One

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The British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA TV Awards) will be held Sunday, May 12. Categories for the BAFTA TV awards include Best Entertainment Performance, Best Mini-Series and Best News Coverage. Graham Norton will be hosting this year’s BAFTA TV Awards – 15 years after he first took on the role. In a statement, the comedian and TV presenter said: “It has been almost 15 years since I first hosted the Television Awards and what a pleasure it is to be returning to host once again. 2018 was a stand-out year for television and I look forward to seeing the brilliant talent in our industry rewarded.”

How can I watch the Awards?

The Bafta TV Awards will air on BBC One on Sunday, May 12 from 8pm. The awards aren’t broadcast live, but are shown on a delay so that an edited down version hits the screens. While the official venue hasn’t been confirmed just yet, the ceremony has taken place at the Royal Festival Hall since 2016. The Bafta Television Awards will also be available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

Who are the BAFTA TV Awards 2019 nominees?

Drama series
Bodyguard (BBC One)
Killing Eve (BBC Three)
Save Me (Sky Atlantic)
Informer (BBC One)

A Very English Scandal (BBC One)
Kiri (Channel 4)
Mrs Wilson (BBC One)
Patrick Melrose (Showtime/Sky Atlantic)

Leading actress
Jodie Comer – Killing Eve (BBC America/BBC Three)
Sandra Oh – Killing Eve (BBC America/BBC Three)
Keeley Hawes – Bodyguard (BBC One)
Ruth Wilson – Mrs Wilson (BBC One)

Leading actor
Hugh Grant – A Very English Scandal (BBC One)
Chance Perdomo – Killed By My Debt (BBC Three)
Lucian Msamati – Kiri (Channel 4)
Benedict Cumberbatch – Patrick Melrose (Showtime/Sky Atlantic)

Female performance in a comedy programme
Daisy May Cooper – This Country (BBC Three)
Jessica Hynes – There She Goes (BBC Four)
Julia Davis – Sally4Ever (Sky Atlantic/HBO)
Lesley Manville – Mum (BBC Two)

Male performance in a comedy programme
Alex MacQueen – Sally4Ever (Sky Atlantic/HBO)
Jamie Demetriou – Stath Lets Flats (Channel 4)
Peter Mullan – Mum (BBC Two)
Steve Pemberton – Inside No 9 (BBC Two)

54 Hours: The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis (ARD/BBC Four)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu/Channel 4)
Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate (Showtime/BBC Two)
Succession (HBO/Sky Atlantic)

Supporting actor
Alex Jennings – Unforgotten (ITV)
Ben Whishaw – A Very English Scandal (BBC One)
Kim Bodnia – Killing Eve (BBC One)
Stephen Graham – Save Me (Sky Atlantic)

Supporting actress
Billie Piper – Collateral (BBC Two)
Fiona Shaw – Killing Eve (BBC One)
Keeley Hawes – Mrs Wilson (BBC One)
Monica Dolan – A Very English Scandal (BBC One)

Entertainment performance
Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly – Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV)
David Mitchell – Would I Lie To You? (BBC One)
Lee Mack – Would I Lie To You? (BBC One)
Rachel Parris – The Mash Report (BBC Two)

Specialist factual
Bros: After the Screaming Stops (BBC Four)
Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage (Channel 4)
Suffragettes With Lucy Worsley (BBC One)
Superkids: Breaking Away From Care (Channel 4)

Reality and constructed factual
Dragons’ Den (BBC Two)
I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! ( ITV)
Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds (Channel 4)
The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night (ITV)

Current affairs
Football’s Wall of Silence (Al Jazeera English)
Iran Unveiled: Taking on the Ayatollahs – Exposure (ITV)
Massacre at Ballymurphy (Channel 4)
Myanmar’s Killing Fields (Channel 4)

Entertainment programme
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV)
Britain’s Got Talent (ITV)
Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (BBC One)
Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)

Scripted comedy
Derry Girls (Channel 4)
Mum (BBC Two)
Sally4Ever (Sky Atlantic/HBO)
Stath Lets Flats (Channel 4)

Comedy entertainment programme
The Big Narstie Show (Channel 4)
The Last Leg (Channel 4)
A League of Their Own (Sky One)
Would I Lie to You? (BBC One)

Factual series
24 Hours in A&E (Channel 4)
Life and Death Row: The Mass Execution (BBC Three)
Louis Theroux’s Altered States (BBC Two)
Prison (Channel 4)

Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip (ITV)
The Great British Bake Off (Channel 4)
Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing (BBC Two)
Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC One)

News coverage
Bullying and Harassment in the House of Commons – Newsnight (BBC Two)
Cambridge Analytica Uncovered (Channel 4)
Good Morning Britain: On a Knife Edge (ITV)
Good Morning Britain: Thomas Markle Exclusive (ITV)

Single documentary
Driven: The Billy Monger Story (BBC Three)
Gun No 6 (BBC Two)
My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me (BBC One)
School for Stammers (ITV)

Single drama
Bandersnatch – Black Mirror (Netflix)
Care (BBC One)
Killed By My Debt (BBC Three)
Through the Gates – On the Edge (Channel 4)

Soap and Continuing Drama
Casualty (BBC One)
Coronation Street (ITV)
EastEnders (BBC One)
Hollyoaks (Channel 4)

2018 Six Nations: Scotland v England (BBC One)
2018 World Cup: England v Sweden (BBC One)
England’s Test Cricket: Cook’s Farewell (Sky Sports Cricket)
Winter Olympics (BBC Two)

Virgin Media Must-See Moment nominees
Bodyguard – the assassination of Julia Montague (BBC)
Coronation Street – Gail’s monologue on the suicide of Aidan Connor (ITV)
Doctor Who – The Doctor meets Rosa Parks (BBC)
Killing Eve – Eve stabs Villanelle (BBC)
Peter Kay’s Car Share – the finale (BBC)
Queer Eye – Tom’s transformation (Netflix)


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