RTS Midlands Awards 2021 Nominees

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The RTS Midlands awards are coming up and below is the list of RTS Midlands nominees. Winners will be announced in an online ceremony on December 4th, 7pm.

Tune in here!



B.O.T. and the Beasties : Stompy Chomper = Ragdoll Productions
The Lionheart Tales, ‘Tummy Flutterbyes’ – CharacterShop and 3Megos
Grass Roots – Second Home Studios
Silence And Her Roommate – Rural Media

Breakthrough (on screen)

Tania Sangha – ITV News Central
Amrit Gahir – ITV News Central
Monifa Bobb-Simon – ITV News Channel

Ross McLaren – Doctors (BBC Studios)


Breakthrough (off screen)

Rachel Lambert – Rural Media
Alex Sheppard – ITV News Central
Charlotte Horner – ITV News Central
Craig Punfield – ITV News Central


Staged – Infinity Hill, GCB
The Willows – Rural Media
Doctors “Three Consultations and a Funeral” – BBC Studios
Snaps: Freestyle – Threewise Entertainment

Acting Performance

Vanessa Hehir – The Willows (Rural Media)
Lucy Benjamin – Doctors (BBC Studios)
Jasmine Wilkins – Snaps: Freestyle (Threewise Entertainment)
Vicky McClure – Line of Duty 6 (World Productions)


On Screen Personality

Fred Sirieix – Snackmasters (Optomen)
Adil Ray – Good Morning Britain, ITV Breakfast (Lingo, Objective Media Group/ITV)
Charlotte Cross – ITV News Central
Dermot Murnaghan – Killer Britain with Dermot Murnaghan (FirstLook TV)


Bhangra or Bust – BBC Birmingham
Brotherhood: The Inner Life of Monks – Intrepid Media
Hospital – Label1 Television
A Girl Can Touch The Sky – Be Inspired Films

Digital Creativity

Advance Care Planning – BlueBell Films
‘The Truth About’ Series 2 Episode 4, ‘How To Join The Illuminati’ – Ministry Of Electric House
Cardbot – Second Home Studios
Suspended Motion – Sense Arts

Promotional Content

Are you Listening? – Affixxius Films
Advance Care Planning – BlueBell Films
Defend Digital Me – Second Home Studios
VWFS Rent-A-Car Campaign – CharacterShop & McCann Milton Keynes

Craft – Production

Feel your Vitl self
Affixxius Films
Snaps: Freestyle
Threewise Entertainment

Lewis Arnold

BBC Studios
Advance Care Planning
BlueBell Films

Craft – Post Production

Advance Care Planning
Bluebell Films
Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel
Hungry Bear
Infinity Hill, GCB
Suspended Motion
Sense Arts


Grant Black
The Willows
Rural Media

Simon Evans

Infinity Hill, GCB

Short Form

Worcester Cathedral Undercroft Learning Centre
JDA Media for Worcester Cathedral
Advance Care Planning
BlueBell Films
Pub Kid
Rural Media

Journalist of the Year

Jane Hesketh
ITV News Channel
Rob Sissons
BBC East Midlands Today
Charlotte Cross
ITV News Central
Peter Bearne
ITV News Central

Factual and Specialist Factual

Guy Martin’s Battle of Britain
North One TV
Meet Marry Murder – Janbaz Tarin
FirstLook TV
Forensics: The Real CSI
Blast! Films
Classic British Cars: Made in Coventry
Testimony Films

Factual Entertainment / Popular Factual Series

Three Men Four Wheels
North One TV
My Lover My Killer – Caliman
The Gadget Show
North One TV

News Programme of the Year

BBC Midlands Today / Covid Ward
Double Delight: Leicester FA Cup Win And Opening Up
ITV News Central
BBC Midlands Today / First Vaccine
Covid-19: A Year of Lockdown
ITV News Central
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UK’s Film and TV Production Restart Scheme

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The U.K. government has revealed its Film and TV Production Restart Scheme, which was first unveiled in July 2020, has been extended for a further six months amid the ongoing pandemic.

Applications to the scheme will remain open until April 30, 2022, providing claims cover until June 30, 2022.

The aim is to support a further 400 productions. After just one year, the scheme helped over 640 films and TV projects — including “Peaky Blinders” season 6 and the Cannes feature “Mothering Sunday” — worth over £1.9 billion ($2.63 billion).

Three months on from that, the scheme has now supported 835 U.K. productions, worth £2.3 billion ($3.1 billion) of production spend, and preserved over 70,000 jobs.

The extension will, the government predicts, result in £1.2 billion ($1.6 billion) of production spend and protect around 34,500 jobs.

Changes to the Restart Scheme

From Nov. 1, however, the scheme’s registration fee will increase from 1% to 2.5% of the production budget to “ensure that the current needs of the U.K. production industry are maintained while balancing the need to deliver value for money for taxpayers.”

The government also confirmed that the U.K. Global Screen Fund has given almost £1 million ($1.3 million) worth of awards to the independent film and screen sector to assist with international exposure.

“Our world-leading film and TV industry supports hundreds of thousands of jobs — that’s why it was so important we helped it to get up and running again as part of our Plan for Jobs,” said Rishi Sunak, chancellor of the exchequer.

“It’s great that by extending the Film and TV Production Restart Scheme we will give even more productions the confidence to keep rolling, supporting jobs across the U.K. and producing the film and TV we all love.”

“Our brilliant film and TV industry is creating jobs, driving investment and selling the U.K. on screens both big and small across the globe,” said newly installed culture secretary Nadine Dorries. “Together the U.K. Global Screen Fund and U.K. Film and TV Production Restart Scheme are developing new opportunities in the sector and helping British talent and creativity to develop, grow and reach audiences around the world, whilst protecting and supporting our brilliant producers and screen businesses across the whole country.”




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Worcester Film Festival 2021

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The Worcester Film Festival takes place 14th-16th October 2021. It showcases over 100 independent films from 37 countries across 3 days at the prestigious Royal Worcester Porcelain Works. This new Festival champions the best in local, national, and international cinema. Also, it offers opportunities to chat about your favourite films in venues across the city, networking events for industry and culminates in an awards ceremony at the Guildhall.

Screenings are free, although pre-booking is recommended.

Events include:

  • The Gala, where you find out the winners of the Worcester Film Festival while enjoying food and drinks at the prestigious Guildhall
  • The Showings, showcasing over 100 independent films from 37 countries across 3 days
  • In Conversation with Clive Mantle, a much loved British actor, best known for his roles in Robin Hood, Game of Thrones and Casualty
  • Networking Evening, in association with the Royal television Society. Settle down at a luxurious cocktail bar and meet film and TV industry professionals

View the Worcester Film Festival schedule here.

For more details visit here.


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Tom Cruise Films Mission Impossible in Birmingham

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Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell have been spotted filming scenes for Mission: Impossible 7 in Birmingham. A large crowd gathered at Grand Central shopping centre, with the stars waving at their impromptu audience in between takes. The Hollywood actor, 59, could be seen wearing a dark suit and sunglasses in the centre that had been transformed to look like Abu Dhabi airport. Captain America star Hayley, 39, wore flared jeans and a brown suede jacket.

Airport signs in Arabic had been hung up around the complex. Passersby could also spot a large promotional poster of an Abu Dhabi mosque that had been installed, as well as a fake Dior store that had been set up on the grounds. Other cast members were seen dressed as cabin crew and travellers wheeling around suitcases.

Part of the centre is shut to the public between Monday and Wednesday while filming on Mission: Impossible 7 takes place. Escalators running between the shopping area and concourse of New Street station are shut, with security guards standing at the bottom of some.

Tom Cruise has been spotted multiple times in the West Midlands city, where he has shot a number of scenes for the film.




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National Television Awards 2021

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The viewers have spoken. The votes are in and Britain’s best-loved programmes and performers can be revealed in the exciting Shortlist for the 26th National Television Awards. Now it’s time for the nation to decide who will emerge victorious when the NTAs make their much-anticipated return to The O2 London after a longer than usual 20-month wait.

The star-studded ceremony will be broadcast live on ITV on 9th September 2021 from 7.30pm- with new NTA host Joel Dommett leading the celebrations.


Drama performance

  • Olly Alexander – Ritchie Tozer, It’s A Sin
  • Martin Compston – Steve Arnott, Line of Duty
  • Adrian Dunbar – Ted Hastings, Line of Duty
  • Vicky McClure – Kate Fleming, Line of Duty
  • David Tennant – Dennis Nilsen, Des

New drama

  • Bridgerton
  • Des
  • It’s A Sin
  • Normal People

Returning drama

  • Call the Midwife
  • Line of Duty
  • The Crown
  • Unforgotten

Serial drama

  • Coronation Street
  • EastEnders
  • Emmerdale
  • Hollyoaks

Serial drama performance

  • Sally Carman – Abi Franklin, Coronation Street
  • Danny Dyer – Mick Carter, EastEnders
  • Mollie Gallagher – Nina Lucas, Coronation Street
  • Billy Price – Sid Sumner, Hollyoaks


  • Rose Ayling-Ellis – Frankie Lewis, EastEnders
  • Rhiannon Clements – Summer Ranger, Hollyoaks
  • Olivia D’Lima – Paramedic Fenisha Khatri, Casualty
  • Emile John – Ethan Anderson, Emmerdale
  • Jude Riordan – Sam Blakeman, Coronation Street

TV presenter

  • Ant and Dec
  • Alison Hammond
  • Piers Morgan
  • Bradley Walsh
  • Holly Willoughby

Bruce Forsyth entertainment award

  • Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
  • I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
  • Taskmaster
  • The Graham Norton Show

Talent show

  • Britain’s Got Talent
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
  • Strictly Come Dancing
  • The Masked Singer

Challenge show

  • Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins
  • Love Island
  • The Great British Bake Off
  • The Great British Sewing Bee

Quiz game show

  • Beat the Chasers
  • Celebrity Catchphrase
  • In For A Penny
  • Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel

Authored documentary

  • Kate Garraway: Finding Derek
  • Katie Price: Harvey and Me
  • Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children
  • Rob Burrow: My Year With MND
  • Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency


  • Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death
  • Gogglebox
  • Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip
  • Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs


  • Loose Women
  • The Chase
  • The Repair Shop
  • This Morning


  • After Life
  • Friday Night Dinner
  • Sex Education
  • The Vicar of Dibley

The National Television Awards will take place in London on September 9th.


To Vote

The final round of voting is now open for the National Television Awards. Votes must be in by noon on Thursday 9th September 2021 All new votes cast during this round will be added to those cast in the first round, and the results will be revealed live at the NTAs on the night. Vote for your favourites for free online here.

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Independent Cinema Office Launches Virtual Platform for Venues

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UK support organisation the Independent Cinema Office (ICO) has launched a new revenue-sharing virtual platform for independent cinemas. The platform, named The Cinema of Ideas, provides curated events, talks and screenings, which can be provided virtually to the audiences of independent venues. It was developed in response to the challenges independent venues have faced due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The majority of the project is funded through a part of ICO’s organisational award from the British Film Institute, which was £578,016 for the year from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. The ICO states that only “a small percentage” of the award has gone towards the project. Further funding will come from income generated through ticket sales. The revenue split between the platform and participating independent cinemas will vary on a project-by-project basis, but terms are more in favour of the cinemas than on other distributor platforms, according to the ICO.

The platform aims to offer “a culturally relevant programme, exploring issues around race, disability, gender, sexuality and class,” the organisation also states. It will collaborate with filmmakers, artists, archivists, film historians, film critics, freelance film collectives and emerging curators to showcase their work. Partner cinemas confirmed for the platform include Chapter Cardiff, Saffron Screen, Northampton Filmhouse, Wellington Orbit and Barn Dartington, with discussions ongoing with further venues.

Curatorial voices

The platform’s launch event will be ‘Archival Resistance: Rastafari Women in Britain’, hosted by Aleema Gray, researcher and community history curator at the Museum of London. It will include a live discussion panel, with D. Elmina Davis’ 1988 documentary Omega Rising Women of Rastafari available to stream on the platform from August 19 to September 2.

Further events include a new essay film on cinema memory by Sarah Wood; a collaborative project exploring the Black Film Bulletin archive; and a series of talks focusing on directors, writers, artists, curators and collectives who have previously worked with the ICO.

Between today’s launch and March 2022 there will be funded opportunities for at least two curatorial voices from underrepresented groups, who will be identified through an open call, to take over film curation and discussion events on the platform.

“Providing curated events, talks and screenings on a virtual platform that can be offered virtually to audiences on terms that are far more advantageous than the industry-standard means that cinemas can diversify their offer and innovate at a time when the economic climate makes it difficult for them to do so alone,” said Catharine Des Forges, director of the ICO. “We know that if we are to survive these current challenges, we must innovate, we must be agile and be responsive to audiences, and that means delivering the broadest range of content that addresses all audiences that exist across the UK. The Cultural Recovery Fund has allowed cinemas some breathing space and time to reinforce their business models, the Cinema of Ideas will allow those that need it the space to experiment and innovate without taking undue financial risks.”


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Creative Talent Programme for Early Career Creatives

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The Creative Youth Charity has launched their Creative Talent Programme 2021 – 2022. They are searching for three new and exciting emerging or early career companies/artists under 27 to support.

About the Creative Talent Programme

The Programme identifies young and emerging artists and companies who have the potential to become excellent creative practitioners and gives them the artistic, business and strategic support to become flourishing, challenging, exciting organisations of the future. They are particularly keen to support emerging artists or companies from outside of London/ M25 and who identify as D/deaf or disabled or neurodiverse. They also are aiming to focus on underrepresented art forms, so the piece the artist or company wants to develop, needs to include an element of either:

– Puppetry
– Stand-up comedy
– Film or visual arts

The final 3 will receive:

– £2,000 to develop a piece of creative work
– Support across a year of activity with inclusion in International Youth Arts Festival
– Support from a bespoke, art-form specific, industry mentor
– Access to free office space (when available to CY)
– Access to free rehearsal space  (when available to CY)
– Professional development workshops


To Apply

Please note, video applications are also accepted.

If you have any questions regarding this application, need assistance, require a large print copy or have any access issues, please contact Tom on


Please note: If shortlisted, you will need to be available for an interview w/c 18 August. The interviews will take place via Zoom.

Visit here for more information and to apply.




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Job Alert: Casting Researcher

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The below Crew Call was shared by 12Yard:
12Yard are looking for an experienced CASTING RESEARCHER for the returning series of The Cabins.
The ideal candidate would have a passion for casting as well as experience casting dating shows such as; First Dates, Too Hot to Handle, Celebs Go Dating, Love Island, Married at First Sight etc…
26th July/ 3rd August – 31st October
*Only apply if available for all these dates”
London based but remote working, so regional applicants still can apply.
ROLE – includes Casting- Phone chats, Targeting, Background Checks and Bios, so you will need experience in all these areas.
The ideal person will have at least 2-3 credits in the role they are applying for.
Please only apply if you have the relevant experience that is listed in the advert.
Please email with the subject title
THE CABINS – CASTING RESEARCHER in the subject title, and include the following in your cover email:
*your mobile number
*confirmation of availability and any holiday booked.
*Examples of similar shows you have worked on.
*please include where you saw the advert
*please include two recent references
Please only apply if you have the relevant experience that is listed in the advert.
**Whilst we would love to reply to everyone, we can only contact those who are shortlisted so please do not email or message me directly as I will be unable to respond. We are also unable to provide feedback.

BACK IN Xtra for Filmmaker Mentorship in the Midlands

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Looking for a media industry mentor? Apply to BACK IN Xtra, which sees 50 Midlands-based filmmakers receive mentoring from established media professionals in the UK, over 6 months.

BACK IN Xtra is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme. Following a successful first year in 2020, which saw BACK IN & BACK IN Xtra receive over 200 applications; they recognised that we need to continue supporting the development of filmmakers that are both entering and present in the screen industry. To do this, BACK IN Xtra is returning this year, and will see 50 Midlands-based filmmakers receive mentoring from established media-industry professionals in the UK over 6 months, including Daniel Alexander Films.

About BACK IN Xtra

The main programme, ‘BACK IN’ began when Punch and Daniel Alexander got together to create the first Midlands-based black filmmaker development programme in 2016, where 6 filmmakers a year receive 9-months of workshops, support, guidance, a commission and a film screening.

Now in 2021, the spin-off programme BACK IN Xtra is in its second year. This programme is open to everyone from every ethnic background, so that even more emerging creators can benefit from this programme. For BACK IN Xtra, 50 filmmakers in the Midlands will be matched with 1 of 10 relevant media-industry professionals for 6 months. This is for those that want to get their foot in the creative industries door, and need guidance and advice to get there.

Want to Apply?

This is an opportunity for Midlands-based filmmakers, people of colour and those under-represented in the industry. Passion for your work is as important as your experience and you must be 18 or over. Some sessions may be held in Birmingham, post-lockdown.

BACK IN Xtra will take place from September 2021 to May 2022. To apply click here.


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Applications Open for Film Critics Workshop

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Open City Documentary Festival along with Another Gaze – A Feminist Film Journal are looking for participants for their first collaborative Critics Workshop, which will take place during the festival.

This discursive space will bring together the next generation of filmmakers, critics and other professionals working in the field of non-fiction cinema.

About the Critics Workshop

The Critics Workshop is an immersive five-day programme developed with the Another Gaze editorial team to introduce the ethics and methodologies of feminist film criticism. It will look at questions such as: should the role of a feminist publication be wholly celebratory? How useful are terms such as “intersectional” and the “female gaze”? What duties do we have to others in critical writing? How should we write about works by “neglected” women filmmakers, who are older or no longer alive?

The workshop sessions will take place in-person at the Festival Hub in central London. The 12 selected participants will receive a complimentary accreditation to the festival. They will have the opportunity to attend press & industry screenings at the festival as well as talks and workshops. Though the workshop is open to applicants outside London, we cannot provide travel or accommodation support. Please check with your local FilmHub and ScreenSkills for bursary opportunities.

Another Gaze was founded in January 2016 to provide nuanced criticism about women and queers as filmmakers, protagonists and spectators. They have recently launched Another Screen – an irregular streaming platform, streaming short-term programmes of films by women across modes of production and geographies, with new writing and translations about these works.

Critics Workshop Requirements

Applicants need to demonstrate an interest in film criticism and/or film journalism as well as the ability to speak and write fluently in English. No previous professional experience is necessary.

Applications must include the following:

  • CV: A basic, one-page resume
  • One article or film review written in English (published or unpublished).
  • A piece of critical writing (can be about any art form, not just film) that you find particularly compelling, with a short paragraph explaining why.
  • An approximately 500-word statement about why you’d like to take part.

Please note that all the workshop participants will be expected to take part in sessions scheduled 10h to 12h on Thursday 9th, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th as well as a full-day event on Monday 13th. In addition, press screenings and events will be scheduled before and throughout this time.

Please send your applications to : with the subject line ANOTHER GAZE CRITICS WORKSHOP by July 15th at 11.59PM (UK time). Successful applicants will be notified by 10th August.




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