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10/05/2001

FILM COUNCIL SET UP BURSARY SCHEME

THE Film Council's Training Fund have set up a bursary funding scheme to help those already working in the industry and who want to develop or improve their skills by attending training courses.
The scheme is operating as a 'pilot' in 2001 and is open to people accepted onto courses held outside the UK.
The Film Council recognises that the cost of training is often a barrier to individuals wanting to participate in film-related training courses and that high quality training outside of the UK may be even less accessible owing to the additional travel costs involved. In order to increase access to training for professionals in the UK film industry, the Film Council Training Fund have established the scheme to support those who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend and benefit from these invaluable courses.
Bursaries will be awarded to professionals working within the UK film industry and may cover up to 50 per cent of the total costs of attendance but are capped at £500 per applicant.
In order to be awarded a bursary, individuals will have to show that they have applied for a place on a specified course and confirmation of acceptance.
The Film Council's Training Manager, Helen Bagnall, said: "There is a great need for UK-based talent to access courses abroad to gain as much experience and knowledge of international film production as possible. With these bursaries we aim to give access to those who would otherwise lack the financial capability." (CD)

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