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Canon Europe supports marginalised talent on and off screen

Canon is providing kit for two short films made with the backing of Sir Steve McQueen

Canon Europe is working with Sir Steve McQueen’s production company Lammas Park on a new initiative to support filmmakers from marginalised communities.

Canon is supporting two short films directed by Jade Ang Jackman and Samona Olanipekun (both from the Lammas Park talent roster) with equipment from its cinema range.

Aron Randhawa, European product marketing specialist, Canon Europe said: “Our partnership with Lammas Park is an opportunity for Canon to support and directly engage with talented up-and-coming filmmakers in the industry. Our ambition is that this collaboration will help pave the way to removing barriers filmmakers face in the early stages of their career and expand on diverse cultural representation in the industry.

Director Samona Olanipekun on set with actors Samuel Adewunmi and Jonathan Ajayi

“These opportunities will open the door for future filmmakers, giving them direct access to kit, expertise and funding that otherwise would be a challenge to source. We feel the partnership’s real potential and impact comes from unleashing the creativity of a new generation of storytellers.”

McQueen added: “Developing new talent in this industry is incredibly important and the creatives we’ve been able to nurture in this project have been brilliant. They’re talented, passionate and Canon has given them the chance to work with great equipment. Work like this is absolutely essential for the next generation of filmmakers.”

Both films are expected to be released on the festival circuit next year.