The application deadline for the Ben Steiner Bursary is now Tuesday 24 January 2012.

The Ben Steiner Bursary is an exciting opportunity for an aspiring Deaf or hard of hearing film-maker. The winner will receive a budget of £5000 for a film project. It is targeted at people over 21 who already have some experience in media or film making and are hoping to further develop their skills.

Up to 12 applicants will be short listed. They will attend a film making workshop conducted in BSL by John Maidens, a Deaf film maker and BBC director. The workshop will cover a range of topics including script writing, film production, budget management, scheduling, legal issues, marketing and pitching. After the completion of the workshop applicants will have time to prepare and film a pitch for their entry for the bursary.

The winning pitch will be selected by a judge panel and announced on Saturday 26 May 2012 at Deaffest. The winner will then be able to use the Bursary to begin filming their project, with their finished production being screened at the 2013 Deaffest.

Examples of the films made by previous winners using the Ben Steiner Bursary can be viewed by following the below links:

Trailer for Dead Money, Bim Ajadi (2009 winner)

Trailer for Luke Starr, Stephen Collin (2010 winner)

Download the Ben Steiner Bursary application form and the eligibilty criteria here.

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