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Scheme to support Northern filmmakers with disabilities


A new programme has been set up to support filmmakers with disabilities access funding.

Film Routes is an initiative from Film Hub North, BFI Network and Beacon Films, which will help up to 3 filmmakers from the North of England to develop ideas for short films.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for creative people with disabilities to develop their short film ideas and make vital industry connections,” said Roxy McKenna, BFI Network Talent Executive at Film Hub North.

“We are looking forward to working with new talent from across the North through the programme.”

The money comes from National Lottery funding and successful applicants will take part in workshops to help complete their scripts, before being matched with a producer, who can apply for funding.

“It is through the creative sectors that society reflects and understands itself. If disabled people aren’t in that reflection – as both creators and performers – then it’s not just disabled people who lose out. Society loses out too,” explained Will Sadler, Development Director at Beacon Films.

“That’s why for Beacon Films, this new partnership project isn’t just about broadening opportunity. It’s also about empowering filmmakers to dismantle misconceptions of disability amongst both audiences and industry – not by making films ‘about’ disability, but simply by being meaningfully included in the creative screen sector.”

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