When The Film & Television Charity supported Zahra to attend a workshop, it led to the beginning of an exciting new project and a move into documentary film-making.
For over 15 years, Zahra has run her own production company in Newcastle, making low budget films and corporate videos. With the economic downturn came a significant drop in income, and financial constraints limited her ability to travel and make new connections.
Wanting to network and reconnect with the industry, Zahra approached the Going Places travel fund for support to attend a low budget film-making workshop in London, hoping at the same time she might persuade the course organiser to executive produce an upcoming project.
“Instead I came back with the single best idea for a film that I’ve ever had,” says Zahra. “The course itself turned out to be brilliant and got me thinking about projects in a completely different way –rather than the standard approach of having an idea then considering how to resource it, looking first at the resources you have then using them to build an idea.”
“The press coverage, buzz and goodwill have been off the charts – and all stem from The Film & Television Charity helping with my trip to London – thank you!”