Contributing thousands of pounds for postgraduate tuition fees and creating mutually beneficial internship opportunities, international film production companies are stepping up to support promising young documentary makers from diverse backgrounds. Late last year, documentary filmmaker and Goldsmiths, University of London MA Filmmaking (Screen Documentary) course convenor Daisy Asquith asked on social media if any production companies would be willing to pay fees for three talented Black or Minority Ethnic students who had been offered a place but were unable to take it up without funding.
Crackit and Drum responded with enthusiasm. In return they have the students, Damilola Lemomu at Crackit and Imoje Aikhoje at Drum, as interns in their companies one day a week, offering practical help and a fresh perspective. The third student Amber Akaunu happily received a scholarship from BAFTA. All three students will finish the MA in August 2021 and graduate in December.
“Through this scholarship I have been able to immerse myself in a year of experimenting with making a range of documentary films at Goldsmiths, an experience I wouldn’t have been able to afford to have otherwise. Not only have I been able to collaborate and build networks with filmmaking students on the programme, but a significant part of this scholarship has been the experience I have gained working with the Development team at Crackit from formulating new ideas for TV, designing treatments, to assisting with access and casting – all valuable skills I am really grateful to have acquired this year.”
– Damilola Lemomu