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Press Release (2016)

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the UK charity for people working behind the scenes in cinema, film and television, has announced the twelve recipients of the 2016 John Brabourne Awards (JBAs).

A record 250 applications were received for the annual programme that supports individuals in Film & TV who are driven and talented, but who may have faced personal or professional hurdles in developing their career. Each recipient will receive a grant of up to £5,000 to support the next steps of their careers, alongside professional support and talent development from The CTBF.

Pete Jordi Wood, a writer and one of this year’s awardees said: “As a carer from a low income household, and having a disability myself, receiving a JBA is a genuinely life changing opportunity for me to be able to focus on my writing for a period of time and develop new work for the screen. I am incredibly grateful to The CTBF and to the late, great John Brabourne and his family for their support.”

D’Arcy Myers, Chief Executive of The CTBF commented: “The JBAs are our flagship talent development programme, allowing us to reach the next wave of talented individuals and help our cherished film and television industries flourish in return. This year has been no exception, with a record number of applications received and a standard of candidate widely praised as remarkable by our experienced selection committee.”

Pete used his John Brabourne award to develop new, original projects for TV and film.