Filmmaking students awarded £7000 from Creative Skillset's production bursaries to fund final films

Issue date: 19 April 2016

Students studying on the University of the West of England's (UWE Bristol) BA (Hons) Filmmaking programme, have been awarded the £7000 by Creative Skillset, to help support the production of their final year dissertation films.

The bursary (up to £1000 per project) is available to final year students studying on MA and BA (Hons) Filmmaking programmes, that have been given the Creative Skillset 'Tick' accreditation - a quality mark for the highest levels of excellence in education in the Creative Industries.

Creative Skillset are investing up to £100,000 in total, to young filmmakers producing films in the 2015/16 academic, or 2016 calendar, year, who are demonstrably unable to contribute towards a production budget for their projects. Demand for the funding was incredibly high, yet seven UWE Bristol projects won support, exceeding the maximum amount of funding a single institution would usually be awarded.

Dr Charlotte Crofts, Associate Professor in Filmmaking, worked with the students on their applications. Charlotte, says, “We are honoured to have secured this funding and it is testimony to the student's hard work. The seven projects we put forward were selected based on feedback on the student's pitches from a panel of industry experts, according to creative potential and technical innovation, as well as financial need.”

Mazie Reece, a third year student studying BA (Hons) Filmmaking, says, “I am very pleased to have been given funding for my project, 'One Third Heard', a multi platform documentary focusing on the removal of stigma attached to abortion. I am very passionate about this issue, so I am over the moon to have been given funding to make my dream reality.

“With this money I plan to hire a venue in which to stage my immersive theatre piece, as well as collect high quality props. Any remaining budget will be used in the marketing of the project, so people can be educated on the issue, and a dialogue can be started about the removal of the stigma attached to abortion.”

Sally Barnett, BA (Hons) Filmaking, says, “It is fantastic that my short documentary, entitled, 'Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?', will receive funding. The film is about an unsolved murder, which took place in the Midlands around 1941.

“Owing to the historical context, the film will rely on mixed media - moving image (including 'Super 8' footage), archive film, photography and animation - in order to tell the story. The bursary will greatly help, and will go towards paying for archive film, film processing, a music composer, further travel and marketing, that I could otherwise not afford.”

Abigail Davies, Associate Head of Department for Lens and Moving Image, says, “Like the film industry itself, this is a highly competitive scheme and so this is a great endorsement of the quality of our students and the strength of their projects.”

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