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.

The FOCUS Award is sponsored by Gorilla Gorilla! and The Edge Picture Company – thank you to you both!

 

 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

10th September 2021: First 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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