The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the UK charity for people working behind the scenes in cinema, film and television, has announced the twelve recipients of the 2016 John Brabourne Awards (JBAs).
A record 250 applications were received for the annual programme that supports individuals in Film & TV who are driven and talented, but who may have faced personal or professional hurdles in developing their career.
Each recipient will receive a grant of up to £5,000 to support the next steps of their careers, alongside professional support and talent development from The CTBF.
In recognition of the programme’s continued success and the ongoing need for support amongst the industry’s emerging talent, The CTBF will from today offer the JBAs twice per year, with the first additional round to close for submissions on 31 January 2017.
The programme is open to anyone working behind the scenes in film, cinema or television, and in recent years it has supported activities such as offering writers time-to-write, supporting producers to develop their slates, financial assistance for postgraduate students, and supporting costs associated with studio space for craft professionals. Those interested in applying can do so from today at https://apply.ctbf.co.uk. For more information on the JBAs visit www.jbawards.org.uk.
Pete Jordi Wood, a writer and one of this year’s awardees said: “As a carer from a low income household, and having a disability myself, receiving a JBA is a genuinely life changing opportunity for me to be able to focus on my writing for a period of time and develop new work for the screen. I am incredibly grateful to The CTBF and to the late, great John Brabourne and his family for their support.”
D’Arcy Myers, Chief Executive of The CTBF commented: “The JBAs are our flagship talent development programme, allowing us to reach the next wave of talented individuals and help our cherished film and television industries flourish in return. This year has been no exception, with a record number of applications received and a standard of candidate widely praised as remarkable by our experienced selection committee. To begin offering the JBAs twice each year is not only the obvious thing to do in the face of such talent and need, but it is also a pleasure to increase the number of driven individuals whose journeys we can play a small but crucial part in developing.”
Recent alumni of the JBAs include Gareth Tunley, whose debut feature The Ghoul was selected for this year’s BFI London Film Festival and received a BIFA nomination; Rachel Tunnard, whose debut feature Adult Life Skillswon the Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival and received six BIFA nominations; Toby Fell-Holden, whose short film Balcony is currently available on BBC iPlayer and has won numerous awards including a Crystal Bear at Berlinale; and writer-director Kat Wood, who this year shot her debut short starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and whose feature debut as writer-director was recently green-lit for production.