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2024 Scholarship Award – Dan Demissie

Supporting a Black Student of talent in memory of Dan Demissie

Recognising the importance of accessibility, diversity and inclusion within the screen industries, MetFilm School is pleased to announce our new 2024 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.


Scholarship Details

Full tuition fees of the accredited course are covered for the duration of the course. This does not include costs towards accommodation, expenses or additional mentoring and coaching.

Applicants need to submit the Scholarship application form and the course application form at the same time, otherwise you won’t be considered for an interview. If you have applied previously to MetFilm School and already have an offer, you may still apply for this scholarship.

Courses eligible for the ‘Dan Demissie – Voices that Matter Scholarship’ include:

  • BA Practical Filmmaking (2 and 3 Years) in London and Berlin
  • BA Screen Acting in London and Berlin
  • MA Cinematography in London, Berlin, and Leeds
  • MA Directing in London, Berlin, and Leeds
  • MA Documentary and Factual in Berlin and Leeds
  • MA Film & Television Production in London
  • MA Post Production in London
  • MA Producing in London and Berlin
  • MA Screen Acting in London and Berlin
  • MA Screenwriting in London, Berlin, and Leeds

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

General 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.
  • Applicants must have received an unconditional offer to receive their scholarship.
  • Applicants must be able to support themselves during the duration of the courses they are studying. The Scholarship, if awarded, only covers tuition fees.

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

Documents Required

  • 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 years tax return for all members of the household.

Independent Students

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.

Apply Now for 2024

Applications are now closed. Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for news of our future scholarships.

  • Interviews will be conducted between the 5 and 28 March 2024
  • Decisions on the successful application will be announced on 31 March 2024.

Please read these guidelines:

  • If a section does not apply to you, please indicate that it is not applicable (N/A).
  • If an application is incomplete, you will not be eligible for consideration.
  • 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.

Please note: you can save your application and continue later by clicking on the button below the form. Afterward, the page will reload, and at the bottom of it, you will see a unique link to return and complete your application. This link will expire after 30 days.


Contact Us

For any information on the Dan Demissie – Voices that Matter Scholarship, please contact our Admissions Team by phone at +44 (0)20 8280 9119, or by email at