The National Film and Television School and Netflix have marked International Women’s Day 2023 by announcing the return of the Black British Woman Cinematographer Scholarship.

The scholarship enables applicants to study the National Film and Television School Cinematography Masters from January 2024.

First launched on IWD 2022, it is the second consecutive year Netflix has supported the scholarship, providing funding to support Black women filmmakers with the aim of increasing gender equality and representation behind the camera.

Applications are now open to apply for the Black British Cinematographer Scholarship Award, with the recipient joining the NFTS Cinematography MA in January 2024. Netflix will once again entirely fund the recipient’s two years on the course in addition to supporting annual living expenses.

The MA is the only two-year specialist course of its kind in the UK with an intake of just 10 per year. Students receive practical training in the art and craft of cinematography, collaborating with fellow students in other specialisms across the School to make several films including live action and animation.

Upon completion, the NFTS and Netflix will work with the scholarship recipient to plan and support their next steps into the industry, putting them forward for work placements and employment opportunities on Netflix UK productions.

Director of UK Features at Netflix Fiona Lamptey said: “True diversity in film offers us a range of perspectives, it challenges us to see familiar things differently, to tell stories in fresh ways through alternative viewpoints. We are delighted to be continuing our work with the National Film and Television School this International Women’s Day to increase gender equality and representation behind the camera.”

Jon Creamer

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