Dan Demissie Voices that Matter Scholarship<br>for a Black Student of talent

Dan Demissie Voices that Matter Scholarship
for a Black Student of talent

2021 Scholarship Award – supporting a Black Student of talent in memory of Dan Demissie

Recognising the importance of accessibility and equality within the screen industries, MetFilm School is pleased to announce our new 2021 Voices That Matter Scholarship – for a Black Student of talent in memory of Dan Demissie.

On the 30th July 2019, MetFilm School graduate Dan Demissie tragically lost his life. Dan was a student on our One Year Filmmaking programme, during which time he pitched an idea for a feature film to the MetFilm Production team. That idea turned into the feature film, Town of Runners, which Dan – as a graduate – coproduced. Dan later went on to study at the NFTS and came back to MetFilm Production as a producer on School in the Cloud.

Released in 2012, Town of Runners tells the story of two young girls, living in a rural town in Ethiopia, Bekoji, as they try to run their way to a different life, and follows their highs and lows over three years as they try to become professional athletes. Through their struggle, the film gives a unique insight into the ambitions of young Ethiopians living between tradition and the modern world. Little White Lies described the film as the Sleeper Hit of the Olympic Year, and Total Film said: “In an Olympic year, here’s an inspirational reminder of what it’s all about.” Watch this inspiring little film of Dan’s perspective on the evolution of this film.

Together with his family, we are delighted to announce our new Dan Demissie Voices That Matter Scholarship in his memory, which will offer a full ride scholarship to a MetFilm School BA or MA programme to one black student each year.

Dan Demissie

Dan Demissies Voices That Matter Scholarship


Scholarship details

  • Full tuition fees of the accredited course are covered for the duration of the course.
  • Applicants can submit the Scholarship application form and the course application form at the same time or separately. However, all applicants must have been given an offer to attend MetFilm School prior to being considered for the scholarship.
  • Courses eligible for the ‘Dan Demissie – Voices that Matter Scholarship’ include:
    • BA Practical Filmmaking(two-year and three-year) (Berlin campus only offers BA Practical Filmmaking as a two-year course)
    • BA Screen Acting (London campus only)
    • MA in Directing
    • MA in Cinematography
    • MA in Producing (London campus only)
    • MA in Post Production (London campus only)
    • MA in Screenwriting (London campus only)
    • MA in Documentary and Factual (Berlin campus only)
    • MA in Film and Television Production (London campus only)

Dates 

  • Deadline to submit applications: Friday 30 April 2021.
  • Decisions on the successful application will be announced on: Tuesday 1 June 2021.

Application (click here, you can also save and continue later by clicking on the button below the form).

  • A completed MetFilm School Application Form for the relevant course of study.
  • A completed MetFilm School ‘Dan Demissie – Voices That Matter Scholarship’ Application Form.
  • A letter of recommendation from persons who are not related to the applicant and who are familiar with the applicant’s commitment and achievements in film, TV or screen content.
  • At least two examples of creative work. This can be in the form of a film, TV episode, short-form content, projects or scripts.
  • Supporting documentation providing evidence of the students and parents/guardians financial status.

For any information on the ‘Dan Demissie – Voices That Matter Scholarship’, please contact the Admissions team at +44 (0)20 8280 9119 or by email at info@metfilmschool.co.uk.


DAN DEMISSIE - APPLICATION FORM

MetFilm School offers one full-ride scholarship per campus, in London and Berlin, through our ‘Voices that Matter’, Dan Demissie, scheme. This is aimed at promoting accessibility and equality and for those who possess a demonstrable passion and talent for the screen industries. We aim to provide an opportunity for exceptional black students who, without financial assistance, would be unable to participate on selected programmes.

The award will cover full tuition fees for the selected programme of study, either at undergraduate or postgraduate level, and is assessed on the basis of financial need as well as talent and achievement in the screen industries.

Deadline to submit your application: Friday 30 April 2021.

Decision date for outcome of your application by MetFilm School: Tuesday 1 June 2021.

General eligibility criteria

This is a discretionary award and applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be over 18 at the time they start their studies with us
  • Applicants have one of the following categories of ethnicity: Black African; Black Caribbean; Black Other; Mixed – White and Black Caribbean; Mixed – White and Black African; or Other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other)
  • Applicants must provide evidence of financial need
  • Applicants must provide examples of creative work that meet the criteria of the different awards

Requirements

All information requested must be provided or applications will be rejected outright with no consideration. Please ensure that the application is clear and legible.

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed MetFilm School Application Form for the relevant course of study
  • A completed MetFilm School Scholarship Application Form
  • A letter of recommendation from persons who are not related to the applicant and who are familiar with the applicant’s commitment and achievements in film, TV or screen content.
  • At least two examples of creative work. This can be in the form of a film, TV episode, short-form content, projects or scripts. The applicant must be able to demonstrate how they played a leading role in the project.
  • Supporting documentation providing evidence of the students and parents/guardians financial status. Please note: if documentation is not in English, a certified translation must be supplied. This should include at a minimum:
  • Last 3 months of payslips for all members of the household
  • Last 3 months of current account bank statements for all members of the household
  • Last 3 months statements of any savings or investment accounts for all members of the household
  • The last year’s tax return for all members of the household

Please note: If the student classifies themselves as independent, and does not believe their parent/guardian income should be taken into account, then they will need to provide evidence of this independence. The evidence you need to submit will depend on why you are applying as an independent student. If you fall into two categories – for example, you are married and you aren’t in contact with your parents – then you can send evidence of both to make sure your application is processed correctly.

  • If you have been supporting yourself: photocopied bank statements or payslips, or documents that show you have been receiving benefits.
  • If you are not in contact with your parents: a letter or signed form from a teacher or social worker.
  • If you have been married or in a civil partnership: your marriage certificate, civil partnership certificate, a legal document showing you are divorced, or a confirmation from a solicitor of your marital status.
  • If you are a parent: your child’s birth certificate, a photocopied Tax Credit Award Notification (TCAN) form, photocopied child benefit details or photocopied P60s.
  • If you have no living parents: your parents’ death certificates.
  • Last 3 months of payslips for the student.

Guidelines

  • If a section does not apply to you, please indicate that it is not applicable (N/A)
  • We do not accept incomplete applications
  • The decision of MetFilm School is final and we cannot, regrettably, participate in any individual correspondence with applicants before or after that decision
  • All scholarships are considered on a rolling basis.
  • Disclaimer: Scholarships are offered subject to funding and availability. MetFilm School reserves the rights to withdraw or amend scholarships without prior notification.

  • Section 1. Personal Details

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  • Section 2. Academic Background

    Please give brief details of your academic history gtom high school and above.
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  • Section 3. Application Essay

    We require a personal statement that should include responses to the following questions. Your statement should be typed on separate sheets and attached to the application form. It is important that you provide us with a well thought out and detailed response to each question. Your responses will be used to help us make a decision on your application. Please limit the answers to 500 words per question. 1) Why are you applying for the scholarship and what impact will it have on your ability to undertake the programme? 2) What do you consider to be your biggest achievement in the creative industries so far? Please provide information. 3) Tell us about your ideal role within the screen industries and what you feel you could bring to the role/industry?
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  • Section 4. Financial Resources

    Your answers to this section will be used to determine eligibility for the scholarship (scholarships only cover tuition fees).
  • Please summarise the funding you have already secured to cover other expenses (accommodation, food, travel etc) from the following sources.
  • SUPPORTING EVIDENCE
    Please ensure you include the following supporting evidence of your application. Please note: if documentation is not in English, a certified translation must be supplied.

    This should include at a minimum:
    • Last 3 months of payslips for all members of the household
    • Last 3 months of current account bank statements for all members of the household
    • Last 3 months statements of any savings or investment accounts for all members of the household
    • The last years tax return for all members of the household
  • Section 5. Additional Documents

    Please include supporting evidence.
  • Drop files here or
  • Section 6. Declaration

    False or incomplete information may result in bursary being withheld or withdrawn and/or action taken to recover any payments already made.
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