John Brabourne Awards

Next round opens May 2020

About

The John Brabourne Awards has supported up and coming talent since 2007 and we’re proud to have over 100 alumni. We offer financial assistance of up to £5,000 to people in the UK film and TV industry who have already proved what they can do – but now face obstacles to their success. This may be financial, health-related or due to a change in personal circumstances.

The legacy lives on

Named in honour of legendary producer John Brabourne, these awards help to make sure talent isn’t wasted. In a continuation of his legacy, John’s son Michael-John Knatchbull and granddaughter Kelly Knatchbull (agent at Sayle Screen) are members of the awards panel – along with Cameron Saunders, Vice President International Theatrical Distribution at Paramount Pictures (Chair); Nigel Wolland of the British Cinema & Television Veterans; and Mark Clark, Talent Development Manager.

Current applicants update

Applications assessment is underway and all applicants should be notified of results by the end of March/beginning of April. Shortlist interviews are scheduled to take place on 7th & 8th May at our Golden Square, London Head Office.

Please note that the situation is fluid due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus Covid-19. Updates will be added here and on Twitter at JBAFilmTV.

When I found out I was receiving an award I really felt a sense of relief and excitement. Now I'll have the creative freedom and the most valuable currency of all - time - to explore and learn on the journey to writing my feature.
Luna Carmoon, Writer/Director, JBA Awardee 2019

What can the award go towards?

It depends on your situation. You could put the award towards production projects, scriptwriting and development, education or training. This isn’t a definitive list, so feel free to contact us to chat through your plans. We’d love to help you to deal with any barriers and push your career to the next level.

Can I apply?

 

It's been a wild year — selected as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow, signed with Knight Hall and now a John Brabourne Award recipient. It's going to relieve a huge amount of pressure as I develop my feature and TV projects and build my career. The charity really cares about emerging talent.
Benjamin Bee, Writer/Director, JBA Awardee 2019