The CTBF Awards and Funding Roadshow (19 May)

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund and Northern Film & Media present a showcase event revealing the inside track on both the prestigious John Brabourne Awards (JBAs) and our recently launched partnership on the North East Travel and Subsistence (NETS) Fund.

At a time when talent development funding is getting harder and harder to come by, the JBAs offer a rare, flexible and generous form of support to individuals working behind the scenes in the Film and TV industries. They provide awards of between £1,000 and £5,000 to those who are talented and driven but may have faced hurdles in progressing their career.

The NETS Fund offers awards of up to £1,500 per person per year to established North East film and television industry professionals to help offset the additional costs of travel and subsistence that they face engaging in an increasingly London and Manchester-centred industry.

Find out what's on offer and how to maximise your chances of a successful application from CTBF Senior Talent Awards Officer, Bradley Down and two recent JBA awardees – producer Kim Tserkezie (Scattered Pictures) and writer Kat Wood (ARTHUR AND MERLIN).

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 Bradley, the panellists and other representatives of CTBF and NFM on an informal one-to-one basis, as well as to build local industry contacts with other guests.

When: Thursday 19 May, 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 neighbouring Tyne Bar (1 Maling Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 1LP)

To register please click here.

There is no charge for this event, but places are limited and offered first come first served.

Read more about the JBAs here and about the NETS Fund here. Download a quick overview of the CTBF's offer here.


About Kat Wood

Kat grew up in Yarm, and has a background in broadcast journalism. The first film she produced, MR BOJAGI, won the Best Short Film Award at the London Independent Film Festival and is distributed by Shorts International. In 2012, Kat was a finalist for the Bluecat Cordelia Award and Final Draft Big Break competition with a script written with her writing partner.

Kat was voted on to The Tracking Board’s ‘young and hungry’ list 2014, which lists the top 100 emerging writers in Hollywood and is voted for by industry professionals. She currently has three feature scripts under option and her first produced feature, ARTHUR & MERLIN, was released in the UK and US on DVD/VOD at the end of last year.

Kat’s directorial debut, the short film HOME, made her the first ever UK winner of the Jameson First Shot Competition. HOME stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, is produced by Trigger Street Productions (House of Cards, The Social Network), and is due for release in July 2016. Her JBA has provided support to develop her writing slate.

About Kim Tserkezie

Kim has over twenty years of broadcast experience. For many years she presented BBC2 series DISABILITY TODAY and FROM THE EDGE and then moved into acting, notably playing Penny Pocket in BAFTA award winning children’s show, BALAMORY (CBeebies). More recently she appeared in CBBC’s WOLFBLOOD and will soon be seen in BBC comedy BOY MEETS GIRL.

Kim recently set up TV/Film production company, SCATTERED PICTURES, which aims to create drama and comedy based in North East England. The company is currently in development with BBC COMEDY on a pilot for a series which Kim is co-writing with Miles Jupp. Kim is also developing a primetime drama series in collaboration with LIME PICTURES based on an original idea of hers. She is set to play leading roles in both projects. Her JBA provides assistance with travel and subsistence costs.


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