Channel 4 has teamed up with We Are Parable to create a mentoring and training programme for 60 Black TV, filmmakers and content creators across the UK.
The new scheme Momentum, will be run in Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow and London.
The 60 filmmakers will be paired with a mentor and offered one to one sessions over a six month period. Additionally, they will have access to masterclasses and discussions with top experts from across the industry including from Channel 4 and Film4 as well as Apple, Altitude, Park Circus, STX and many more. Those taking part will get help with everything from script development, financing and funding to collaborating, sales and distribution.
Channel 4 and We Are Parable first worked together on The Black to Front Project.
Momentum is funded by Channel 4’s training and development strategy 4Skills.
Channel 4 Creative Diversity lead Neila Butt says: “The Black to Front Project was a huge commitment and an industry first from Channel 4, and we are very proud of it. We always wanted it to have a strong legacy and for it to lead to significant commitments. We loved working with We Are Parable at the time so it’s great to be partnering with them again as we continue our work to nurture and support Black talent, especially across the nations and regions.”
Anthony Andrews, Co-founder and Creative Director at We Are Parable says: “We’re really excited to collaborate with Channel 4 on the new iteration of Momentum. Their commitment to supporting talent behind, as well as in front of the camera, has been evident especially with last year’s Black To Front Project. By providing us with the tools and networks to scale Momentum to a nationwide level, we’ve been able to support more Black Filmmakers than ever.”
Teanne Andrews, Co-founder and Director of Operations at We Are Parable says: “We had more than 300 applicants for Momentum, and it was important for us to help everyone who approached us even if they weren’t in the final selection. Therefore, we’ve made our masterclasses available to everyone who applied for the course, whether they were successful or not.”
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