Our Film and Television Programme has partnered with the Cynthia Dickinson Charitable Trust to provide final year students with an annual bursary of £5,000.
The Cynthia Dickinson Charitable Trust, created to assist students with the high financial costs involved in producing their final year films, has increased last year’s donation of £1,500, and will benefit 48 students across the programme.
All final year student film teams were invited to apply, and the funds will be shared between six successful groups, providing a budget for filming locations, custom made props and costumes, and salaries for actors.
Senior Lecturer Howard Berry has worked with Gareth Owen from Sir Roger Moore’s office and Roy Campbell of the Trust to bring this partnership to the students.
Howard said: 'Filmmaking is an extremely expensive undertaking. We are hugely grateful to the Cynthia Dickinson Charitable Trust for their continued commitment and support. To have the bursary increased from our first year is incredibly generous, and many more students will now be able to aim even higher with their production ambitions due to the financial support we can now offer to their films.'
Student Bethany Lark, producing the film ‘A Dancer Dies Twice’, was successful in being awarded the highest portion of funds from the award.
Bethany said: 'We are extremely humbled and excited by this opportunity. We will make the very best of this and produce a fantastic film.'
The addition of the funding from the Cynthia Dickinson Trust now brings the total annual award to £15,000, with £10,000 coming from our ongoing successful partnership as one of the original Warner Brothers Creative Talent members, this is in addition to individual funding opportunities available from the Royal Television Society and Creative Skillset!