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Film London Microwave Training And Funding Program Aims For Diversity

Film London Microwave Training And Funding Program Aims For Diversity

The micro budget funding and production training initiative, the Film
Microwave program, which
is sponsored by the  BFI and BBC Films has announced that they are now accepting applications
for this year’s program.

According to Film London, “backing diversity like never
before, and aiming to reflect the city’s population, the scheme aims to long
list at least 50% filmmakers from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

The program will not only just fund films, but will also offer, training through production, as well as distribution support for
projects that are greenlit for production.

The program will offer promising filmmakers development
support and funding for production and distribution of film projects.

The deadline for applications is July 30th.

You can learn more about it and download guidelines
and applications forms HERE.


h/t Nadia Denton

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The Microwave project in helping lower wages and destroy working conditions has been a major factor in making it impossible for people without a independent income to get into and work in the film industry. With that of course ethic groups. The training that is needed is for the producers who work for Microwave to show them how films can be made paying proper wages with normal working hours. Its is a scandal that the BFI and BBC are involved in making films which are exploited commercially and yet pay less than the living wage.


As summer fast approaches this black Brit filmmaker is fast approaching the moment when I grab myself by the collar and the waistband and take that killer script (yeah, you’ve all got one) and find me a few likeminded folks, hit my neighbourhood streets and make that killer movie – with a couple of iphones. Dog damn the pixels. All we really want is to tell a great story. Don’t let the unwinnable lottery schemes erode your dreams. One cellphone movie by itself is a dodgy undertaking. 10 cellphone movies in one summer is a movement. The new ‘Dogme 95’ is there for the taking – in the summer of 2014. The only rule – there will be no rules. Can’t shoot on a week day? Shoot at the weekend. You heard it first on Shadow and Act. Now it’s up to you (yeah, you m*****f*****) to make it happen. This page about Microwave is where we establish the network to pool the resources to make it happen – OR – just share the agony of the journey of finally doing what you’ve always wanted – and without anybody’s permission. Do you have the time, energy and commitment? Are you ready to put your talent on the line? Just because you go on a journey doesn’t mean you’re gonna make it back home. That’s life. Even when you fail you succeed – because you stepped up when others stepped aside.


When all is said and done Microwave will end up committing to a single black project – regardless of what's currently being suggested – and it will most likely be something that won't appeal to its primary audience – something along the lines of 'Bullet Boy' when it's actually 'Boyz n the Hood' that audiences crave – by this I mean – entertaining and elevated storytelling not the weak social realism crap that the BFI has always foisted on minority audiences.


I'd actively avoid it, BBC FILMS and The BFI are sponsors and as these entities are yet to fully support BAME talent in a comprehensive of effective fashion. I would refrain from endorsing the 'scheme' or 'fund' approach in anyway. The only way for us to be truly active and visible in the U.K. industry is to be properly represented at a 'green light' level. The Broadcast side of the BBC is quietly responding to pressure, which is a positive step, but we must keep the pressure on all other sectors of our industry. Yes I said OUR industry! The talent is out there, we know it. U.K. Micro budget lip service schemes will just not suffice anymore.

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