The FOCUS Award 2021

Presented by EVCOM for young diverse filmmakers

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 2021 we are excited to launch the FOCUS Award for its second year running! Designed to celebrate young, diverse creative talent, the FOCUS Award is an award for young Black filmmakers and filmmakers of colour.

We recognise that Black 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 are calling 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!

Can I apply?

The award is open to filmmakers people who are 18-25, Black or a Person of Colour and not already working in the film and TV industry.

How do I apply?

Please submit a short film you have made that is up to ten minutes in length. In the application form we will ask you to give us some background about the film and what you were trying to achieve with it.

You can access the application form here.

What are we looking for?

  • Creative energy
  • Storytelling ability
  • A passion for filmmaking

What do I get if I win?

The shortlisted entrants will receive free tickets to the November awards ceremony and have excerpts from their films screened to all our guests! All shortlisted entrants will receive a mentorship session with a top corporate film company, where they can ask their questions, get feedback on their film and learn about the industry.

The winner will receive a trophy, and be enrolled onto a year long mentorship programme, provided by three of the trop corporate film companies. Over the course of the year, they will have access to mentorship sessions, feedback on their work, and the chance to spend a day at a film shoot. Thank you to Gorilla Gorilla!The Edge Picture Company and Media Zoo for providing these mentorship opportunities.

Hear from our mentors:

Gorilla Gorilla!, who are also kindly sponsoring the award, says, “We’re delighted to be a mentor company for the FOCUS Award for the second year running. We very much enjoyed judging the entries to the competition and providing advice and guidance to the winner and the runners up. It’s also been a pleasure to see their careers take positive steps forward since. We look forward to meeting this year’s new talent and unlike last year being able to meet up in person too!”

The Edge Picture Company continues, “Addressing racism and race-related barriers to access and inclusion within our industry is top priority for us at The Edge. Last year we met some incredible, talented creatives, two of which we’re delighted to say now have full-time jobs at The Edge. We were impressed by the talent who entered last year and really look forward to mentoring some of the young people involved again this year.”

Media Zoo adds, “We are so proud to be supporting the EVCOM Focus awards and are honoured to be one of the mentors for this year’s winner.

We know how important it is for young people to have the right mentoring and opportunities to gain the experience they need. This will really shape their careers and help them make their mark in our industry. We are absolutely delighted to be supporting these fantastic awards and can’t wait to see all of the entries and meet this year’s winner.”

The FOCUS Award is sponsored by Gorilla Gorilla! – thank you so much!

Dean Beswick, Founder & Creative Director, Gorilla Gorilla! says, “Inclusion and diversity is a key topic for much of our film and animation work and for us as a business as we continue to build our own diverse team of talented filmmakers. We’re delighted therefore to be supporting the FOCUS Award to help EVCOM champion talent from under-represented backgrounds.”

 

 The FOCUS Award 2020:

We ran this award for the first time in 2020. The shortlisted entrants, who all received access to a mentorship conversation, were:

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 was:

Magpie by Hamza Pool

“With the FOCUS Award, EVCOM have set up an amazing opportunity for filmmakers to have their voice heard. Since being the recipient of last years FOCUS, many great opportunities have opened up for me as a direct result of the award,” says Hamza, 2020 Winner!

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

Key Dates

 30th July 2021: Open for entry

27th September 2021: Entry deadline

Judging will take place

28th October 2021: Shortlist Announced

18th November 2021: EVCOM London Live and Film Awards Ceremony where the winner will be announced

The mentorship opportunities will begin at the start of 2022.

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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