Grants awarded for 37 new films to show life in Bradford

We’re so happy that filmmakers from across the Bradford district have received ‘Make: Film’ grants to create original short films and documentaries.

More than 94 submissions were received from people across Bradford, through an open process launched earlier this year for grants of either £1000 or £4000.

Filmmakers were encouraged to come forward and explore stories challenge perceptions and showcase the distinctive characteristics of Bradford and its communities. 

 In a place with such a strong screen heritage it’s thrilling to be able to support a new generation of filmmakers that will help create a new narrative for Bradford. Prepare to be surprised!

Ten filmmakers have been awarded larger £4,000 grants.  Projects in this category include ‘Holme Grown’, a short, vibrant and positive documentary by local company Outloud, telling untold stories from the community of Holme Wood. In documentary ‘From sunrise to sunset in the cold and the heat’, Bradford is contrasted with Karachi on one specific day, as told by Faiza Shaikh (‘Pink Riders’, Theatre in the Mill). ‘Viv of the Dump’, a dark Christmas comedy from actor and content creator Tanya Vital (‘Emmerdale’, ‘Red Sparrow’) is set among the rolling hills of suburban Bradford; Leeds Road is the setting for a British Bangladeshi love story in ‘And Their Song Mingles With The Moonlight’ from actor and writer Kamal Kaan (‘The Thief of Baghdad’) and the diversity of the city is celebrated by award winning* producer Thea Burrows (*Creative England’s Top 50 most creative and disruptive screen companies) through the life of a local chippy in the fictitious tale ‘Mushy Peas to Green Tea Kulfi’

A further 26 films have been supported with grants of £1,000.  This group features a collection of documentaries, music films, animation and drama, including: two teenage Jewish refugees return to Bradford to re-invent themselves in ‘TVINS’ from Bradford Synagogue and Kimia Modaressi Chahardehi looks at the positive impact that Khidmat Centres have had on women who have been through the Criminal Justice System in ‘Muslim Women in Prison’. Freedom Studios meanwhile are bringing teenagers with superpowers to Bradford in their 10-minute film ‘Lights out in Little Germany’.


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