Young Staffordshire filmmakers win Royal Television Society bursaries

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Two ambitious filmmakers have been awarded industry funding to develop their specialised craft at Staffordshire University.

Josephine Bakewell and Tom Mason are among 22 television production and broadcast journalism students across the country to receive bursaries from the RTS this year.

RTS offers two bursary schemes each year to undergraduates from lower income backgrounds intending to pursue a career in television or the media.

Recipients were selected by a panel of industry professionals and will be given £1,000 per year during their studies to assist with expenses and living costs to benefit them.

Josephine, 18, from Bexleyheath, is studying BA (Hons) Experimental Film Production at Staffordshire after discovering her love for cinema during her high school Film Studies class which encouraged her to pursue a degree in it.

She said: “It is a huge honour to have been given such an amazing opportunity by the RTS.

“I hope that the bursary will give me new experiences and opportunities to help me in my future career that I otherwise wouldn’t have.

“My first few weeks at university have been very exciting.

“I’ve enjoyed learning about the equipment we will be using on the course, learning about different films, and being able to speak about my opinion of them.”

Tom, 18, from Liverpool, found a passion for movies at a young age and is an avid cinema-goer, having visited 250 times last year – a pure achievement.

Tom is now taking his filmmaking passion to the next level on the BA (Hons) Media Film Production course.

“The bursary will help me to further my interests in the world of film, whether that’s buying some equipment or props.

“Or through using it to fund visits to film festivals and museums to help find inspiration for a project,” he explained.

“The course has so far helped me to expand my realm of thinking and really see education in a new light.”

Each beneficiary will receive free membership of the RTS and The Hospital Club while studying, and one year’s free membership of the RTS even after they graduate – more than anyone could ask for.

Theresa Wise, CEO of the RTS, said: “The schemes are important as they offer those from lower income backgrounds not only financial support, but access to mentoring and a network of contacts within the broadcasting industry.

Staffordshire University is backing Stoke-on-Trent’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021.

Find out more information at www.sot2021.com or follow @sot2021 for all the latest news.

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