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IFT Makers' Lounge

by Meyrem Hassan in London, England, United Kingdom


Gift Aid
+ est. £15.00
£5,000 target 1 day left
8% 4 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 16th June 2021 at 12:00pm

Our project is to create an application called the ‘Makers' Lounge’ which will support underrepresented filmmakers and creative individuals.

by Meyrem Hassan in London, England, United Kingdom


Help us to support and enable underrepresented filmmakers and creative individuals across the UK!

About Us

The Independent Film Trust (IFT) is a charity that supports greater diversity and inclusion in the UK film and media industry, enabling marginalised narratives to reach mainstream audiences. Our work includes film and visual arts training, participatory creative media production, professional mentoring for creative producers and industry research and advocacy for a more representative film and media sector.

Our Vision

The IFT would like to create a digital resource hub and mobile app where underrepresented filmmakers and writers can find each other. It is a space where people experiencing exclusion in their journey to develop film and media careers can come together to discuss their experiences, make connections, access training resources and contribute to positive changes in the screen sector to boost diversity and inclusion. This is a place where beneficiaries feel safe and free from judgement. The objective of the Makers' Lounge app is to support overall wellbeing and alleviate the pressures of trying to make it into the film industry.


What your donation will help us do?

The mobile app would have a number of questions for beneficiaries to answer and then divert them to the area of resources most relevant to them, through to the IFT website, where the following information, advice and guidance will be provided:

1620137816_video_tutorials.pngIFT-supported filmmakers explain how they overcame specific obstacles to getting their work made. These videos are accessible and straightforward, giving users easy-to-follow real-world advice.

1620137870_video_tutorials_(1).pngA calendar of events featuring masterclasses, safe-space discussion groups, portfolio review days and industry meet & greets enable users to access a wide range of online and face-to-face events. 

1620137982_video_tutorials_(2).pngSmall discussion groups attended and facilitated by people experiencing specific barriers to entry, such as racial discrimination, gender discrimination, ableism and homophobia. These discussion groups take place online and enable people experiencing superficial challenges to communicate with others in a secure environment free from judgement. 

1620138078_video_tutorials_(3).pngIFT resource hub would provide users with a safe space to discuss and share their experiences which they have encountered when trying to find a place in the industry. The IFT would set up a number of IFT groups to facilitate beneficiaries to meet face to face and share experiences.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

0 of 15 claimed

Filmmakers mentoring sessions

For a limited time only, we're offering the chance for 15 filmmakers to receive in depth one-on-one mentoring straight from us! We understand how hard it can be to get your film projects off the ground. Our mentoring sessions will help you navigate the business side of film, find funding and plan distribution routes. You can even donate a session to a friend, relative or colleague!

£25 or more

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Tote bag - £25 reward or more

As a thank you for your support, you will receive a bespoke IFT tote bag and a personal thank you message and shout out on our social media.

Let's make 'IFT Makers' Lounge' happen

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