Help us to support and enable underrepresented filmmakers and creative individuals across the UK!
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.
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:
IFT-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.
A 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.
Small 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.
IFT 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.