THE CTBF'S JOHN BRABOURNE AWARDS OPEN FOR 2015 SUBMISSIONS

Leading film and television charity grants financial support to aid professional development of talent faced with hardship

London, UK - The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the leading UK charity for people working behind the scenes in the film, cinema and commercial television industries, announced today that submissions are open for its highly anticipated annual John Brabourne Awards (JBAs). Dedicated to providing assistance to individuals that have faced hurdles in progressing their career, the JBAs will award grants of �1,000 and �5,000 to deserving candidates.

Targeted at talented and driven individuals within the film and television industries, the JBAs aim to provide a financial stepping stone for those that have faced barriers within their personal or professional lives - from financial hardship, accident or illness. Last year's awardees include Charlotte Hudson, an exciting comedy writer and one half of the double act, Two Left Hands; Adam Biskupski, an award-wining shorts editor whose debut feature THE GOOB premiered at Venice Film Festival; and Mahdi Fleifel, a critically acclaimed director whose feature A WORLD NOT OURS has received recognition on the international festival circuit.

Previous recipient Gareth Tunley, whose JBA supported him in the production of psychological feature THE GHOUL, said of his award: "It's no exaggeration to say that The John Brabourne Awards transform the lives of its winners. The belief that the CTBF has shown in my work has given me the confidence to pursue my filmmaking dreams, and the financial means to complete a project that means the world to me. With so many in our industry struggling, the JBAs are a vital lifeline as we each look to fulfil our potential."

Richard Wilson, Chief Executive of the CTBF commented: "The talent within our industry never fails to astound. Yet the stunning work of far too many hard-working, skilled, and highly imaginative individuals struggles to see the light of day, weighed down by financial hardship, accidents, illness, and other outside pressures. The JBAs seek to address this, and to ensure that as many as possible get their chance to shine. We welcome any and all submissions."

Applications should be made via the website www.jbawards.org.uk and will close on the 31st July. Applicants must be able to demonstrate they possess the talent required to achieve their professional goals, and have worked for a minimum of two years behind the scenes in the Film and/or TV industries. This does not have to be continuous and can be accumulative. They must also explain how funding from the JBAs will help them overcome difficulties and allow them to progress.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in September, and the successful awardees will be announced during the JBA evening reception which will be held in October.

For more information and to make an application visit www.jbawards.org.uk

Steve