I sit on the board at Wolverhampton’s Light House Media Centre which, in case you didn’t know, is a cinema come media training, come gallery, come bar in the centre of Wolverhampton. It’s a great place and I’m chuffed to note that yesterday the UK Film Council awarded £50,000 to support Deaffest, the UK’s only deaf-led film & TV festival, which runs at the Light House from 28th to 30th November. The festival is co-organised by Zebra Uno, a Wolverhampton production company/consultancy that aims to break down communication barriers between deaf and hearing people.
7 inch cinema, based in Birmingham, also did well out of the same funding pot getting £70,000. Well done them.
Both the above awards are spread over three years which, when you do the maths doesn’t amount to a significant amount each year but does at least secure their future and allow them to go fishing in other funding pots to match what they got. Nice to see the news getting picked up across the pond by the Hollywood Reporter.