Voices That Matter Scholarship 2020 MTV Staying Alive Foundation
17 June 2019


By Giuseppe Bruni | Categorised in News

London’s MetFilm School based at Ealing Studios, and their Berlin campus based at BUFA studios in Berlin, today announced the launch of its 2019 Voices That Matter Scholarship – Women in the Screen Industries, a female scholarship supported by MTV Staying Alive Foundation.

2019 Voices That Matter ScholarshipWomen in the Screen Industries is a scholarship designed to support the next generation of female filmmakers, recognising the importance of accessibility and equality within the screen industry.

A recent skills audit of the UK Film Industry by the Work Foundation for the BFI found that the industry is severely lacking in female talent.

Lack of diversity is regarded as the biggest challenge facing the film and screen industries. Ethnic minorities, women and particularly those with caring responsibilities, those with disabilities and people from less advantaged backgrounds, face the biggest challenges in entering and progressing in the industry.

In 2015, just 14.4% of writers involved in UK films and 9.4% of directors were female.

This research also shows that films with female writers and producers consistently outperform male-driven projects but receive far less financing. Despite high return on investment figures, on average films directed by women receive 63% less distribution than those directed by men.

The successful students, one from each campus will have unique access to senior executives from the industry, including quarterly mentoring sessions at Viacom’s landmark London HQ offices in Camden, as well as work experience and placement opportunities with the company.

Jonny Persey, Director at MetFilm School said: “The Voices That Matter Scholarship has long been important to MetFilm School since its launch in 2009. The idea was always to open up opportunities to students with something important to say, who would not otherwise be able to access the unique educational experience we offer – whether that’s because of funding, political or personal circumstances, societal prejudice. We wanted to open up the school to people who have through no fault of their own a greater barrier than others to overcome.

“This year we have focused the scholarship towards a female audience, in order to give a proper focus to the shocking gender imbalance that exists in the commercial film industry.

“We also decided to work with a partner that could help give this scholarship more than just financial value. Working with Viacom, MTV, and particularly the fantastic MTV Breaks initiative, helps lift its value by creating opportunities beyond those offered by MetFilm School. What we’ve got here is a key and powerful industry partner that is offering real work experiences and mentoring from an inspiring female role model in Georgia Arnold, who is pioneering ground-breaking work at MTV.

“This is MetFilm School saying there’s a problem here, in this industry and we’re doing something to make a difference. Yes, we’re following others and we hope that others will follow our lead, too.

“We’re saying that we value women in this industry, we value what they can offer and what they have to say – their voices genuinely matter. We’re saying that we should challenge every single thing that challenges diversity, because holding back diversity only serves to hold back the industry.”

“MTV Staying Alive has spent 20 years investing in the next generation by creating award-winning long-form content and campaigns aimed at protecting young people around the world,” said Georgia Arnold, Executive Director and Founder, MTV Staying Alive Foundation. “We’re really proud to partner with the London MetFilm School on this scholarship and look forward to sharing our extensive film-making experience, deep production knowledge and creative expertise, in the hope it opens the doors to many more talented women in the screen industries.”

This year’s scholarship focuses on women as part or MetFilms School’s overall outreach to groups who are underserved or underrepresented in film.

The deadline to submit an application for the Voices That Matter Scholarship is Sunday 14 July. For more information and to apply please visit the Voices That Matter Scholarship page.

The scholarship only applies to MetFilm School degree courses, the BA and MA programmes in London and Berlin. There are two scholarships available, one in London and one in Berlin. Successful applicants will be notified the week commencing Monday 29 July.

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