This year’s  FOCUS Award will see a new Award for Black filmmakers and filmmakers of Colour between the ages of 15-18, for a short film made using a phone.

As before, there will be a FOCUS Award for Black filmmakers and filmmakers of Colour who are 18-25 years old and not currently working in the TV and/ or film industry. Entrants must submit a short film that they have made, up to ten minutes in length, and complete an application form.

All shortlisted filmmakers are given a mentorship session with a top corporate film company, and the winning filmmaker gains access to a year of mentorship opportunities, with chances for feedback, shadowing and networking with top corporate film companies.

Entrants to the FOCUS (15-18) Award must also submit a short they have made, no more than 5 minutes in length, and answer some questions about where they are at on their filmmaking journey. The winner will be invited to spend a week doing work experience with a top corporate film company, with the chance to go on a shoot and spend a day in the office.

Claire Fennelow, EVCOM’s executive director says, “The corporate film industry offers so much, and we wanted to make sure young people know about it as soon as they are thinking about their future.”

Dean Beswick, founder and creative director at Gorilla Gorilla! who are sponsoring this year’s award, says, “Inclusion and diversity is a key topic for much of our film and animation work and for us as a business as we continue to build our own diverse team of talented filmmakers. We’re delighted therefore to be supporting the FOCUS Award to help EVCOM champion talent from under-represented backgrounds.”

Find out more about the two awards, and start your entry here.


Pippa Considine

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