The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) has announced the recipients of the annual John Brabourne Awards (JBAs).
The ten awardees have also received grants ranging from £1,000 to £5,000.
The JBAs are intended to provide a stepping stone for individuals who are talented and driven, but have faced challenges in developing their career.
The awardees were finalised by an industry committee, whittled down from a record 300 entrants.
Barry Jenkins, president of the CTBF said, “We are thrilled to announce the latest awardees, a talented group already hard at work taking the next big strides in their careers following the receipt of their grants. Past recipients have gone on to create award-winning film and television, and we’re certain that the class of 2015/16 possess the potential to do the very same, as these awards, and their recipients, continue to honour the legacy of a man dedicated to championing and supporting the brightest new talent.”
Previous recipients include Rachel Tunnard, writer/director of the feature film How to Live Yours, and Krishnendu Majumdar, series director of An Idiot Abroad.
The ten awardees are:
Kate Moore, a development executive working at Fly Film in scripted and documentary feature film/television. She is currently completing a diploma in script development at the National Film and Television School and her JBA provides support towards tuition fees.
Toby Fell-Holden, a writer-director whose recent short, Balcony, was the winner of the London Calling Plus award. He is currently developing feature scripts with director Ramin Bahrani and producer Afolabi Kuti, and his JBA provides support towards developing his slate.
Kim Tserkezie recently set up Scattered Pictures, which aims to create drama and comedy based in north-east England. She is currently developing a prime time drama series. Her JBA provides assistance with travel and subsistence costs.
Dr Helen Bolter was recently selected for Creative England's New Talent Module and she is currently writing a short and a feature-length comedy script. She intends to direct both projects. Her award supports living costs whilst she develops her scripts.
Fawzia Mahmood has completed a master’s degree at Cambridge University. She is currently completing the MA in Producing at the National Film and Television School as a Toledo Scholar. Her JBA provides assistance towards tuition fees.
Jens Rosenlund Petersen is a freelance sound editor with a background in theatre and installation art. His JBA provides assistance for him to upgrade his offline studio facility.
Payam Hosseinian started his career by performing in many radio drama productions including War and Peace, The Shining and The Great Gatsby. He is currently completing a masters in sound design at The National Film and TV School. His JBA provides assistance towards his tuition fees.
Nathalie Pitters is a freelance photographer. Her photo of a local Yao woman in China won the Artificial Eye’s Salgadogram Award 2015, and was exhibited at the Curzon Bloomsbury. She made the transition into cinematography when she won the skillset bursary to the London Film School in Spring 2014. Her JBA goes towards her living costs and fees whilst she completes her graduation films.
Kat Wood's first produced film, Mr Bojagi, won the Best Short Film Award at the London Independent Film Festival and is distributed by Shorts International. Kat’s first produced feature, Arthur and Merlin, has just been released in the UK.
Kate Turner has her own production company, The Road Productions. Having recently executive produced her first feature film, Neighbourhood Food Drive, she is now currently raising finance for an ambitious short film adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s The Overcoat with director Patrick Myles.