Supporting Emerging Talent
The CTBF actively supports the development of talent in the Film and TV industries through three schemes, The JBAs (John Brabourne Awards), the recently launched Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme, and the CTBF Richard Attenborough Scholarship for the NFTS. You can find out more details below, and any questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE JBAs (JOHN BRABOURNE AWARDS)
The JBAs is a talent development programme providing financial assistance up to £5,000 to individuals working behind the scenes in Film and TV.
JBAs provide a stepping stone to individuals who are talented and driven but have faced hurdles in progressing their career. Difficulties faced by JBA recipients in the past have included lack of finances, accident and illness. This is not a definitive list and we welcome enquiries to discuss your particular situation prior to application.
Applicants should have a minimum of 2 years relevant experience in the Film and Television industries and be able to demonstrate how receiving a JBA will help take their career to the next level.
For more information visit the JBA website.
THE BETTY BOX & PETER ROGERS COMEDY WRITING PROGRAMME
The CTBF, in partnership with Big Talk Productions and LOCO (The London Comedy Film Festival), has launched a script development programme for four emerging comedy writers, with each writer awarded £10,000 and a personalised seven month programme of industry support beginning in October 2016, as they develop a comedy feature film screenplay or pilot script for a narrative comedy television series.
At the end of seven months, the selected writers will have completed a feature screenplay or television pilot, which will be presented as a live, fully cast table read to an industry audience during a special LOCO event in Spring 2017. See original application info and FAQ for further details
RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2016!
The four recipients of the inaugural Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme have now been announced. See below for more information regarding the recipients and The Betty and Peter List.
Agent: Christina Pickworth
Christine’s first script won the Funny Women Comedy Writing Award in 2011. She has since worked in the writers’ room for series five and six of Trollied, had a comedy feature shortlisted for iFeatures and been selected for BBC Writersroom’s 2015/16 Comedy Room. She was recently commissioned to write sketches for David Walliams and Tracey Ullman, and is currently being mentored by Andy Riley.
Laura initially wrote for the stage, before finding a love for screenplays in 2014, leading to her selection for the Barbican’s Young Film Programmer scheme. In 2015, Laura formed the female film collective Sorta Kinda Maybe Yeah, which recently released its first web series. Laura freelances as a script reader for several production companies as she continues to develop her own original work.
Meryl has been performing as a stand-up comedienne since 2003, and in recent years has supported Frankie Boyle on his UK tours. Meryl’s original 2011 one-woman show, Bad Mother, received multiple five-star reviews at Edinburgh Fringe, and she is currently previewing her latest show, The Good Wife. Meryl continues to write for leading panel shows, whilst working on her original scripted material for television.
Sasha is a graduate of London Film School’s prestigious filmmaking MA and has written and directed six short films. Her most recent short, Lunch Date, screened at festivals worldwide including Aspen Shortsfest where it won a Special Jury Recognition Award. Sasha is currently in post on her debut comedy feature as a writer-director, Love Type D.
In recognition of the outstanding quality of submissions, CTBF is releasing The Betty and Peter List; 10 of the most exceptional un-produced comedy writers identified during the inaugural round of Betty and Peter.
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THE CTBF RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE NFTS
The CTBF has announced the two recipients of the 2016 CTBF Richard Attenborough Scholarship for the National Film and Television School (NFTS).
Created in memory of the late Richard Attenborough, who served as a patron of both The CTBF and NFTS, the scholarship provides two students each year with a full one-year scholarship to study for an MA at the world-renowned film school.
The 2016 recipients are first-year Screenwriting MA student, Jessica Sinyard and second-year Producing MA student, Sabina Smitham. Hailing from Yorkshire, Jessica’s feature screenplays have won awards in the UK and USA, including Screen Yorkshire’s Triangle Programme and Illinois International Film Festival’s Best Screenplay prize. Jessica is passionate about storytelling and is excited about the prospect of developing her craft alongside fellow writers and filmmakers. Before the NFTS Sabina was named a “Broadcast Hotshot” by Broadcast Magazine and 'One to Watch' by the Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival. Sabina’s passion is for scripted development and working with new writers who offer an unusual perspective. At the NFTS she is developing several projects for film and TV.
D’Arcy Myers, Chief Executive of The CTBF commented: "During his life and career Lord Attenborough devoted much of his time to charitable work, with the CTBF very fortunate to have counted him as a Vice-Patron and passionate advocate. The UK has some of the finest film and television schools in the world, with Beaconsfield’s National Film and Television School regularly hailed as a global example for how best to prepare students for our competitive industry. I can think of no better way to pay tribute to the irreplaceable Lord Attenborough and to continue The CTBF’s commitment to individuals behind the scenes than by supporting the next generation of screen craft professionals as they embark on this exciting stage of their journey."
Nik Powell, Director of the National Film and Television School said: "Lord Attenborough was a unique force of nature; his passion and deep humanity shined through in his films, as well as the huge contribution he made to the industry and education, especially at the NFTS and it is a fitting tribute to him that he and his support is remembered through these scholarships. Jessica and Sabina are worthy recipients and we are incredibly grateful for The CTBF’s continued support."