John Brabourne Awards Showcase

Presented by Northern Film & Media and the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, this event will showcase the opportunity which The John Brabourne Awards (JBAs) offer to behind-the-scenes talent across the value chain in the film and television industries. At a time when talent development funding is harder to come by than ever, the JBAs offer a rare and generous form of support. Find out what's on offer and how to maximise your chances of a successful application.

The John Brabourne Awards (JBAs) are a talent development programme providing financial assistance of between £1,000 and £5,000 to individuals working behind the scenes in the Film and TV industries.

Administered by the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, they are open to applicants across the UK working right the way through the value chain – from development through production to exhibition.

JBAs provide a stepping stone for individuals who are talented and driven but have faced hurdles in developing their career such as lack of finances, accident, illness and bereavement. Please note that applicants must be able to demonstrate two continuous or cumulative years of professional experience behind the scenes in the film and/or television industries. For a brief overview of the JBAs please click here and for eligibility criteria click here.

Hear from JBA Committee Member Dhiraj Mahey about the nuts and bolts of the application process and the dos and don’ts of how to frame a good application. Dhiraj’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with three recent awardees looking at the ins and outs of the application and interview process and the benefits what a JBA has allowed them to do:

  • Adam Biskupski, editor (THE GOOB, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN),
  • Sandhya Suri, documentary filmmaker (I FOR INDIA), and
  • Gareth Tunley, writer and director (A FIELD IN ENGLAND masterclass documentary) 

Guests are welcome to join us at the Tyne Bar across the road from Toffee Factory after the showcase where they will have the chance to put their questions to Dhiraj and the panellists on an informal one-to-one basis, as well as to build local industry contacts with other guests. (Tyne Bar will be running Free Food Tuesday, offering a free supper to those spending more than £5 on drinks.)

When: Tuesday 30 June, 6pm – c.8pm

Where: Toffee Factory, Lower Steenbergs Yard, Ouseburn, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 2DF. For a map and travel/parking info please click here. Followed by networking at the Tyne Bar, 1 Maling Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 1LP.

To register please click here

Thanks to the support of our funders and the CTBF there is no charge for this event, but places are limited and offered first come first served. You may regster for up to two places so long as you name your accompanying guest and provide accurate registration info for them, as required by our funders. 


About the panellists

Adam Biskupski

Adam is a self-taught freelance editor, specialising in independent features and documentary film. His feature debut THE GOOB premiered at Venice Film Festival (2014), and was in competition at London Film Festival and Dinard where it won the golden Hitchcock award. His other credits include Lynne Ramsay’s BAFTA-winning SWIMMER, and WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN. His award provides assistance with the cost of a studio space to house his edit suite.

Sandhya Suri

Sandhya Suri’s feature documentary I FOR INDIA screened in World Competition at Sundance Film Festival and at over twenty other international film festivals, winning several awards and being released theatrically in the U.K. Her JBA provides support towards living costs whilst she develops her first fiction feature film, SANTOSH which was recently selected for The Sundance Lab.   

Gareth Tunley

Gareth is a writer and director. He won the BBCi Comedy Award in 2001 and later joining the acclaimed “Ealing Live!” comedy team. Recent directing credits include the ‘making of’ documentary about Ben Wheatley’s Film Four feature, A FIELD IN ENGLAND. Gareth’s award provided help with production costs for his micro budget feature film starring Tom Meeten and Alice Lowe, which is currently in post-production.   



For more information about the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund please click here.


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