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Youth Mentoring Programme Announced

16 June 2010
Mentors  From left to right: Colin Izod, Brad Blackbourn, Sam McCarthy, Tricia Cooklin, Clive Bradley, Eve Gutierrez, Adam Leese, Simon Ardizzone, Chris Rodmell, Gwenan Edwards, Charles PalmerBAFTA/Jonathan Birch

BAFTA and Media Trust announce joint Youth Mentoring Programme; cities across the UK will take part; over sixty mentors are already confirmed.

From Left to Right:Colin Izod, Brad Blackbourn, Sam McCarthy, Tricia Cooklin, Clive Bradley, Eve Gutierrez, Adam Leese, Simon Ardizzone, Chris Rodmell, Gwenan Edwards, Charles Palmer

Supported by the RBS group and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation

BAFTA and Media Trust are delighted that their Youth Mentoring programme for 2010 is now underway. The scheme involves BAFTA members, Award-winners and leading practitioners volunteering as mentors to disadvantaged young people on media projects, and is an integral part of BAFTA’s learning and events strategy.

BAFTA has already recruited over 60 mentors to work with youth organisations in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Leeds and Nottingham. Additional mentors are still being recruited outside London, and the programme will be extended to Scotland in the autumn.

As well as engaging young people in productive and empowering activities, the programme aims to improve young people’s attitudes towards education, training and employment, and to enhance their knowledge, skills and personal development, thus giving them new opportunities.

The Youth Mentoring Programme follows a London-based pilot last year, which was a huge success. Both the mentors and the young people talked about the positive experience of the scheme.

“It was really, really powerful to meet young people who live just down the road but are living very different lives from me and to get a window into a different world. The experience was one of the best things I’ve done all year."
Basi Akpabio, Development Executive and BAFTA mentor

The young people who have been involved in the programme so far have identified both personal and careers-based positive outcomes, including increased confidence, new transferable and media-related skills, and a new willingness to engage in media-related training and education.

“Before starting I’d lost interest in my dreams. I was lost. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I still don’t know but now I have options.” Eddy, 24

“It was absolutely fantastic to gain insight into the way that industry experts think, and all of the considerations that need to be made during each stage of development - I hope one day to be involved in games development as a profession.” Andres, 17

The mentors come from a range of disciplines. This year’s participants include actor Sophie Ward (Jane Eyre, Holby City) and TV director Steve Smith (The Graham Norton Show, The Friday Night Project) in Bristol; animation producer Sam McCarthy ((London and Birmingham) and producer Carol Harding (Holby City, Doctors) in Birmingham; Head of Film at Vision+Media Tara Cook and CEO of LiveFrame Studios and former MD of Cosgrove Hall Films, Anthony Utley (Postman Pat, Dangermouse) in Manchester; and directors Aisling Walsh (Song for a Raggy Boy, Wallander) and Jon Jones (Cold Feet) in London. Returning mentors include director Antonia Bird (Cross My Mind, Ravenous); actor and director David Morrissey (Nowhere Boy, Don’t Worry About Me); film producers Damian Jones (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Away We Go); and TV writer Stewart Harcourt (Marple, Jericho).

The mentors will offer their expertise to organisations such as Leave2Remain, Headliners and Kids Company in London, Fairbridge in Birmingham, Catch 22 and Fairbridge in Manchester, and Short Cuts at the Watershed in Bristol.

Although the general public tends to associate BAFTA with its film, television and video game awards ceremonies, its main function is as a charity. Krishnendu Majumdar, Chair of BAFTA’s Learning & Events Committee says: “Through sharing the knowledge and experience of this amazing array of industry experts, BAFTA aims to inspire young people who might never have experienced the support of an adult role model. We are delighted to be partnering with Media Trust on this initiative.”

Speaking about last year’s programme, some of the mentors have described how the scheme was as rewarding for them as it was for the young people involved:

“It’s not a huge amount of effort on behalf of the mentors and I think that the rewards in terms of what the mentees get out of the schemes are huge in some cases and I would definitely recommend people to do it.”
Pippa Harris, Film Producer and BAFTA mentor.

“The benefit for me as a mentor has been to encourage them in their dreams really, and to encourage them in their ambitions whether it’s in the media or not.”
Stewart Harcourt, Scriptwriter and BAFTA mentor.

The success of the 2009 pilot programme was showcased at an event at BAFTA headquarters last September. BAFTA will also celebrate the achievements and work of the young people involved in the 2010 scheme at a similar end-of-programme event in March 2011.

BAFTA partners on the Youth Mentoring Programme with Media Trust, a national communications charity that works with media organisations and charities to enhance their communications and enable communities to find their voice and make it heard.

The BAFTA and Media Trust Youth Mentoring Programme is supported by the RBS group and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

For further press information please contact Olivia Jarvis olivia@emfoundation.com / Zoe Flower zoe@emfoundation.com / 020 7247 4171

To view a promotional film from the pilot programme, click here.

Notes for Editors:

About BAFTA:

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes film, TV and video games by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. BAFTA’s year-round Learning & Events programme offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, mentoring, masterclasses, lectures and much more, working with groups of all ages and backgrounds across the UK. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. www.bafta.org

BAFTA’s Learning & Events Programme:

BAFTA works with learners of all ages – from young children who want to find out more about how their favourite TV show, film or game is made; to students wanting to know about working in the industry; to industry professionals who want to learn from the successes of their peers.

About Media Trust:

Media Trust is a national charity that believes everyone should have a voice and the opportunity to be heard. It works with media organisations and charities to enhance their communications and enable communities to find their voice. It owns and runs Community Channel, the UK's only national channel to be run by a charity. Media Trust corporate members are BBC, Channel 4, Daily Mail and General Trust, Disney Channel UK, Guardian Media Group, IPC Media, ITV plc, MTV Networks UK & Ireland, News International, OMD, Sky, Virgin Media TV, Warner Bros.

Media Trust logoMedia Trust’s Youth Mentoring Scheme encourages media professionals – from filmmakers to journalists - to volunteer their time and skills to support disadvantaged young people working on media projects. The projects can range from making a film or radio production to producing a newsletter, magazine or website. The scheme, funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, has supported more than 1,500 people, aged from 13 to 25, since it started in 2007. www.mediatrust.org

Case studies are available upon request.

List of current BAFTA mentors

Adam Leese – Actor (London)
Adrian Curry – Producer, EA (London)
Aisling Walsh – Director/Writer (London)
Albert Barber – Director/Producer (London)
Anna Benson Gyles – Director/ Producer (London)
Anthony Utley – CEO, LiveFrame Studios Ltd (Manchester)
Antonia Bird – Director/Producer (London)
Basi Akpabio – Executive (London)
Bassem Abdallah – Producer/ Director (London)
Brad Blackbourn – Head of Previs/Virutal DoP, Double Negative (London)
Brian Woods – MD, True Vision Productions (London)
Carl Schoenfeld – Producer (London)
Carol Harding – Producer (Birmingham)
Caroline Van Den Brul – Creativity & Story Consultant (London)
Charles Palmer – Director (London)
Christian Martin – Director/Writer/Producer (Bristol)
Christin Cockerton – Writer/ Director (London)
Christopher Rodmell – Editor (London)
Clive Bradley – Screenwriter (London)
Colin Izod – Director/ Producer (London)
Damian Jones – Producer (London)
David Johnson – Series Producer (Bristol)
David Morrissey – Actor/ Director (London)
David Neal – Lighting Camera Operator/Director/Sound Recordist/Editor (Bristol)
David Rolfe – Producer/ Director (London)
Delyth Thomas – Director (London)
Ellin Stein – Script Consultant/ Writer (London)
Eve Gutierrez – Producer (London)
Gary Davy – Casting Director (London)
Gillian Hawser – Casting Director (London)
Gordon Adams – Senior Producer/Director/Journalist (TV) (Manchester)
Gwenan Edwards – TV Presenter/Journalist/Producer (London)
Ivor Baddiel – Writer (London)
Jeff Dowson – Writer/Producer/Director (Bristol)
Jill Robertson – Director (London)
Jon Hare – Composer & Video Game Designer/ Director (London)
Jon Jones – Director/Writer (drama) (London)
Joris De Man – Composer & Sound Designer (London)
Kate Lee – Director of Film, Freud Communications (London)
Kevin Doyle – Actor (London)
Linda Shire – Consultant/Production (London)
Lisa Neeley – Producer/ Screenwriting Tutor (London)
Luigi Chiappini – Filmmaker/Composer/Broadcaster (London)
Maddy Elles-Hill – Producer (London)
Michael Hines – Director/ Producer
Nic Jeune – Creative Director/Producer/First Assistant Director (Bristol)
Paul Bason – Director, Creative Manchester (Manchester)
Paul Johnson – CEO, Tuvalu Entertainment Ltd (London)
Pippa Harris – Film Producer (London)
Richard Hastings – Executive Producer, Entertainment, BBC (London)
Sam McCarthy – Animation Producer (London and Birmingham)
Simon Ardizzone – Documentary Producer/Director/Editor (London)
Simon Booker – Writer (London)
Sophie Ward – Actor (Bristol)
Steve Smith – TV Director (Bristol)
Stewart Harcourt – Scriptwriter (Bristol)
Tara Cook – Head of Film, Vision+Media (Manchester)
Tim Whitby – Producer/Director (drama) (Bristol)
Tricia Cooklin – Producer/Line Producer (London)

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