Northern Film & Media have come together with The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) to launch the North East Travel and Subsistence (NETS) Fund, which will be piloted over the coming year. The Fund will support experienced film and television professionals in the North East region, whose welfare and professional security is being put at risk by having to absorb extra travel and subsistence costs, stemming from the increasingly London and Manchester-centric nature of the media industry.
Financed by the CTBF, the UK charity for people working behind the scenes in cinema, film and commercial television, and distributed by NFM, the North East’s creative development agency, the fund will be jointly administered between the two organisations.
The NETS fund will be open to applicants with at least two years of professional experience in any behind-the-camera role, across production, post-production and exhibition. It will offer awards of between £150 to £1,500 per person, to help meet travel, accommodation and other subsistence costs incurred by North East professionals who have to travel to other regions of the UK to build their client base, meet with commissioners or purchasers, or access training and professional networks to help develop their careers.
Peter Meunier, acting CEO of The CTBF, explained: “Key parts of the UK’s Film and Television industries are now grouping in a handful of ‘elite’ metropolitan areas. As a result of this, professionals based outside of those areas are becoming even more dislocated from the centres of decision-making and commercial opportunity, with obvious risks for their professional development and their career stability. The effects of this increasing dislocation are severely compounded by the cost of frequent travel to centres such as London and Manchester, and recognising this challenge, we’re incredibly excited by the Fund, and new model of welfare it offers: we believe it’s a timely response to today’s challenges designed for today’s industry professionals.”
John Tulip, Managing Director, Northern Film & Media said: “One of the things we hear from colleagues most often is that the cost of regular travel to maintain professional networks, pitch for work and secure training can be cripplingly expensive – especially if there is an additional need for overnight accommodation. We also frequently hear that even small amounts of money can be of vital importance in keeping things afloat. We are delighted that the CTBF have been so ready to support this initiative, and we look forward to being able to implement this practical and much needed support.”
For more details on the NETS fund and how to apply, please click here.
Read more about CTBF here.