A new mentoring programme in Bradford will help to identify talented filmmakers and digital content producers in the district.

A joint funded project between Bradford Metropolitan District Council and Bradford 2025 will select 25 filmmakers and content producers as part of their new mentoring scheme.

Filmmakers 25 will select local talents, who will be supported by industry experts and join a network of producers to create a growing talent pool of producers in the region by 2025.

Bradford is bidding to win the UK City of Culture in 2025 and the FilmMakers 2025 project aims to support the city’s long term goal by finding up and coming talent in the screen industry.

Both mentors from diverse and underrepresented groups in the region are encouraged to apply or support the scheme.

Bradford UNESCO City of Film and ScreenSkills are also working in association with FilmMakers 25 and are supported by National Lottery funds awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI).

Richard Shaw, Director of Bradford2025, said: “An inclusive mentoring programme for the screen sector in Bradford is vital to develop the uniquely diverse voices of this district.

“We know that talent is everywhere in the Bradford district, but the opportunity is not. A high-quality fast-track mentoring programme is an amazing opportunity and a real game-changer for the diverse, talented people looking to forge a career in film, television, digital and the wider screen sector in the years up to 2025 and beyond.”

Bradford Cllr Sarah Ferriby, who holds the healthy people and places portfolio for the council, also supported the scheme.

She said: “Having the title of UNESCO City of Film is more than a title for us in the Bradford district.

“It’s about the talent pool we have here and how we ensure we are mobilising our young filmmakers and content makers. We want to encourage the next generation to be able to create and produce work here, building successful careers within the screen industries.

“It’s vital Bradford Council works in partnership with funders and the sector to develop programmes, like FilmMakers 25, which are supporting our creative workforce.”

Local mentoring experts Under The Moon will run the programme, led by media consultant Ruth Pitt, who also runs the Commissioning Mentor Network for Channel 4 and the Creative Cities Convention, a screen industry conference for producers and broadcasters working outside London.

Applications for this opportunity close on August 28th 2020. More information about the mentoring network can be found here: www.underthemoonltd.com