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27 February 2020

Calling Female Filmmakers! Apply Now for Voices That Matter Scholarship 2020

By Danny Kelly | Categorised in News, Student Stories, Met Competitions, Student Interviews

Applications are currently open for our Voices That Matter Scholarship 2020 – Women in the Screen Industries, in partnership with MTV Staying Alive Foundation, an independent organisation housed by Viacom. Complete your application here by Thursday 30 April 2020. 

The scholarship is designed to support the next generation of female filmmakers, recognising the importance of accessibility and equality within the screen industry.

Aspiring female filmmakers can apply for a full scholarship towards any BA or MA degree course at either our London or MetFilm School Berlin campuses. 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.

Application deadline: Thursday 30 April 2020 – find out more!

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

Meet 2019 recipient: Alysha Siddiqi

The first-ever scholarship recipient, 29-year-old Alysha Siddiqi from Pakistan, who was awarded a full scholarship worth €19,500 to complete the MA Directing – started her course at MetFilm School Berlin in Oct 2019.

“This is a dream come true, I cried when I heard I’d won the scholarship – I would never have been able to afford the fees had I not won this. I had done a lot of research into film schools, and where I felt that I’d be happiest. I believe that Germany has an accepting and tolerant society, with a very strong cultural identity, and MetFilm School Berlin is the friendliest place!”

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MetFilm School Berlin is renowned for its experimental filmmaking and this was also a draw for Alysha. She said: “I was very lucky to study film at America’s UCLA. In 2016 I applied for a grant-funded US exchange program called the ‘Emerging Filmmakers Program’. I was one of only 15 selected from 10,000 students from across Pakistan.

“When I returned to Pakistan I made a documentary called Divide.  It’s the story of a Sunni and a Sh’ia cleric. In the documentary, I explored the damage done to a city and its people because of religious divide.” 

Divide was officially selected to screen at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Alysha said: “That experience reinforced my desire to become a director, I have a really strong desire to find stories and tell stories through film. But I know I need to learn more, I need the rough edges smoothing and to learn more about content and structure; to become multi-skilled and meet different people and professionals from across the industry.

Alysha added: “I’ve grown up with MTV and hope this opportunity, working with such a global brand will help me fulfil my potential, perhaps break my own goals and give me lots of experience and exposure… who knows? – I might even get an invite to the MTV Awards!”

The 2020 Voices That Matter Scholarship is now open to applicants for both the MetFilm School London and MetFilm School Berlin campuses. Application deadline: Thursday 30 April 2020. 

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