The FOCUS Award 2020

Presented by EVCOM for young diverse filmmakers

This year we ran the FOCUS Award for the first time.

Are you an aspiring film maker but finding the industry hard to break into? Did you know that there’s whole companies who are dedicated to producing short films and adverts for businesses, governments and charities?

EVCOM is an organisation which represents this part of the film industry, and this 2020 we are excited to announce the FOCUS Award! Designed to celebrate young, diverse creative talent, the FOCUS Award is a new award for young Black, Indigenous and People of Colour filmmakers.

We recognise that Black and Indigenous people, and People of Colour are massively under-represented throughout our industry. The FOCUS Award is designed to foster, nurture and grow talent, as well as open doors. EVCOM is committed to addressing racism and race-related barriers to access and inclusion within the corporate film sector, to work towards a more inclusive and representative corporate film industry. Find out more here.

We called for people to send in their short films for the chance to win invaluable mentoring sessions and to have their film screened in front of professional filmmakers!

The award was open to people who were 18-25, Black Indigenous or a Person of Colour and not already working in the film and TV industry. Entrants submitted short films up to ten minutes in length, and gave us some background about the film and what they were trying to achieve with it. We looked for creative energy and storytelling ability! Submitted work was then reviewed by a panel of filmmakers. 

The shortlisted entrants, who will all receive access to a mentorship conversation, are:

56 Black Men by Esther Rennae Walker

Conscious by Loren Alleyne

Happy Birthday by Jigyasa Anand

Magpie by Hamza Pool

STRANDED IN NIGERIA – THE ROAD TO ENUGU by Godgift Chidinma Emesi

And the winner is: 

Magpie by Hamza Pool

The shortlisted entrants received free tickets to the November awards ceremony and had excerpts from their film screened to all our guests! They will all receive mentorship conversations with top corporate film companies, and our winner will be enrolled on a year long mentorship programme! Thank you to Gorilla Gorilla!, The Edge Picture Company and Plastic Pictures for providing these mentorship opportunities.

 

Key Dates

7th August 2020: Entries Open for The FOCUS Award
16th October September 2020: Entries Close for The FOCUS Award
 
28th October 2020: The FOCUS Award Winner and Runner Up Announced
 
19th November 2020: EVCOM London Live and Film Awards Ceremony

If you have any questions about the award and how to enter, please get in contact with Amelia at coordinator@evcom.org.uk

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