Young filmmakers win Royal Television Society bursaries

"I hope that the bursary will give me new experiences and opportunities to help me in my future career that I otherwise wouldn't have."

Josephine Bakewell, BA (Hons) Experimental Film Production

Two aspiring filmmakers have been awarded industry funding to develop their craft at Staffordshire University.

Josephine Bakewell and Tom Mason are among only 22 Television Production and Broadcast Journalism students across the country to receive bursaries from the Royal Television Society this year.

Recipients were selected by a panel of industry professionals and will be given £1,000 per year during their studies to assist with expenses and living costs.

Josephine, 18 from Bexleyheath, is studying BA (Hons) Experimental Film Production after discovering a love for cinema during her high school Film Studies class.

She said: “It is a huge honour to have been given such an amazing opportunity by The Royal Television Society. I hope that the bursary will give me new experiences and opportunities to help me in my future career that I otherwise wouldn't have.”

“My first few weeks at University have been very exciting. I've enjoyed learning about the equipment we will be using on the course, learning about different films, and being able to speak about my opinion of them.”

Tom, 18 from Liverpool, found a passion for movies at a young age and is an avid cinema-goer, having visited 250 times last year. After experimenting with making movies on his own camera, Tom is now taking his filmmaking to the next level on the BA (Hons) Media Film Production course.

“The bursary will help me to further my interests in the world of film, whether that's buying some equipment or props. Or through using it to fund visits to film festivals and museums to help find inspiration for a project.” he explained.

“The course has so far helped me to expand my realm of thinking and really see education in a new light.”

In addition to the bursary, each beneficiary will receive free membership of the RTS and The Hospital Club while studying, and one year’s free membership of the RTS after they graduate. In their final year of study, the RTS will also aim to set-up mentoring opportunities with one of its industry members.

Theresa Wise, CEO of the Royal Television Society, commented: “The schemes are important as they offer those from lower income backgrounds not only financial support, but access to mentoring and a network of contacts within the broadcasting industry.

“It is great to see the schemes continue to grow and such a high calibre of applicants seeking to begin their journey within the industry.”

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