EVCOM announces the celebration of two awards
EVCOM has announced the celebration of two awards this year, the FOCUS Award and the Realise Award.
Returning for its second year, the FOCUS Award is dedicated to young black filmmakers and filmmakers of colour, who are 18-25 year olds and not currently working in the TV and/or film industry. Applicants must submit a short film that they have made, up to ten minutes in length, and complete an application form telling EVCOM about who they are and what film means to them.
Every filmmaker who is shortlisted will be given a mentorship session with a corporate film company, and the winning filmmaker will gain access to a year of mentorship opportunities, with chances for feedback, shadowing, and networking with three corporate film companies. This year’s mentors include The Edge Picture Company, Gorilla Gorilla! and Media Zoo. The FOCUS Award is also sponsored by Gorilla Gorilla.
Hamza Pool, the Focus Award 2020 winner, said: “With the FOCUS Award, EVCOM have set up an amazing opportunity for filmmakers to have their voice heard. Since being the recipient of last year’s FOCUS, many great opportunities have opened up for me as a direct result of the award.”
Claire Fennelow, executive director, commented: “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.
“Last year, we were so impressed by the standard and variety of work that we received in response to the entry call out. We are really looking forward to seeing what the entries look like this year, and to making connections with young diverse filmmakers.”
EVCOM will also introduce the Realise Award, a new award for young event organisers and aspiring event organisers, created in collaboration with Events 101. The award will recognise emerging and/or aspiring event professionals between the ages of 18-25 years old, and opens for entry at the end of the month.
The winner will gain access to mentorship opportunities with event agencies over the course of a year. They will also have the chance to ask questions, build relationships and shadow at events. Shortlisted applicants will also receive access to a mentorship session.
Fennelow said: “We recognise that the events industry can be hard to break into for young people, especially those from a diverse background. We hope this competition can serve as a way in, a chance to get demonstrable experience and access to the expertise of current event professionals.”