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CTBF announces recipients of John Brabourne Awards

CTBF announces recipients of John Brabourne Awards

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) has announced the recipients of the inaugural January round of the John Brabourne (JBAs).

250 applications were received for the John Brabourne Awards (JBAs), a now twice-yearly programme that supports individuals who may have faced personal or professional hurdles in developing their careers. Previously, the awards had run once a year.

Eleven individuals received awards in this round. Successful applicants receive a grant of up to £5,000, alongside professional support and talent development from The CTBF.

The programme is open to professionals working behind the scenes in cinema exhibition, television and film, with recent examples of support including writing and production development, financial assistance for postgraduate studies, and costs associated with studio space and equipment for craft professionals.

January’s recipients included London-based producer Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor, writer-director and acting graduate of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Dean Loxton, and writer/director Billy Lumby.

D’Arcy Myers, chief executive of The CTBF commented:

“The JBAs are our flagship talent development programme, and as of 2017 in response to the increasing number and quality of applications, we began to offer the fund twice per year. The 11 recipients are each remarkable examples of what our film and television industries have to offer – talent, artistry, and dedication that will hopefully have the opportunity to grow with The CTBF’s support.”

The next deadline for the JBAs is 31st July 2017. Information on how to apply is available on the awards site.

Main image: Award recipient Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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