CTBF invites funding applications from those in real need

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The deadline for applications is 31 July 2014.

3 July 2014

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, the TV and film industry charity, is inviting applications for funding from those with initial experience who are struggling to progress their careers. Grants through the John Brabourne Awards range from £1000 - £5000.

The CTBF issued the following release on Wednesday 2 July 2014:


Leading film and television charity grants financial support to aid professional development of talent faced with hardship

London, UK – The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the leading UK charity for people working behind the scenes in the film, cinema and commercial television industries, announced today that submissions are open for its highly anticipated annual John Brabourne Awards (JBAs). Dedicated to providing assistance to individuals that have faced hurdles in progressing their career, the JBAs will award grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to deserving candidates.

Targeted at talented and driven individuals within the film and television industries, the JBAs aim to provide a financial stepping stone for those that have faced barriers within their personal or professional lives - from financial hardship, accident or illness. Previous awardees have gone on to create award winning film and television, including Krishnendu Majumdar, Series Director, AN IDIOT ABROAD, who received a JBA in 2008.

Krishnendu Majumdar said of his award, “Being awarded a JBA has helped me become a better filmmaker and allowed me to cross over from the world of television and documentaries into fiction and film. It was a glittering opportunity that I gratefully took.

Richard Wilson, Chief Executive of the CTBF commented: “The JBAs have supported some of the UK’s most exciting talent to overcome difficulties in both their personal and professional lives. Providing financial assistance to help them develop their careers is crucial to the future of our film and television industries.”

Applications have to be made via the website www.jbawards.org.uk and will close on the 31st July. Applicants must be able to demonstrate they possess the talent required to achieve their professional goals. They must also explain how funding from the JBAs will help them overcome difficulties and allow them to progress. As part of the application, individuals have to provide a full budget detailing how the requested JBA funding will be spent, along with any additional funds needed in order to complete the activity.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in late September, and the successful awardees will be announced during the JBA evening reception which will be held on the 3rd October at BAFTA. Applicants should have a minimum of 2 years relevant experience behind the scenes in the Film and Television industries.

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