A record 250 applications were received for this round of the JBAs, and the 12 recipients for 2016 are listed below.

In recognition of our continued success and the ongoing need for support amongst the industry’s emerging talent, The CTBF now offers the JBAs twice per year, with application deadlines of 31st January and 31st July.

ALEEM KHAN
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An award-winning writer-director of mixed English/Pakistani heritage, living and working in London. His latest short film, Three Brothers, was nominated for a BAFTA, and in 2015 Aleem was named one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow. Aleem is currently in development with Creative England on his debut feature film, which is being produced by The Bureau Film Company and he has recently been selected to participate on this year’s Guiding Lights, the UK film industry’s leading mentoring scheme. His JBA provides support towards developing his slate.
ELEANOR HERZOG
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Now living in Norwich, after studying Literature at Sussex Eleanor moved to South Korea and then Hong Kong, where she started her writing career with Siren Films. After returning to England, Eleanor continued to work in television and film, most recently as a Development Editor in Keshet UK’s drama department. After completing an MA in Scriptwriting at The University of East Anglia, Eleanor is now developing a magical realism feature with director Brian Williams and is producing her first short film, Come Home. She was recently selected to participate in the BFI Creative England Talent Module. Eleanor’s JBA supports living costs while she writes.
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JULIA BERG
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A producer based in London, Julia’s career in film began when she worked for leading New York-based producer Anthony Bregman’s Likely Story, on features including Synechdoche, New York and Please Give. Returning to London, Julia worked as the Development Executive for award-winning producer James Wilson (Under The Skin, 20,000 Days on Earth) on his slate of projects for auteur filmmakers, and most recently she worked in development for Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray’s Maven Pictures. Julia is now capitalising on her relationships with key producing partners and talent, to establish her own slate of projects for film and TV.
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KATHERINE HEARST
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A freelance animation director and graphic artist based in London, she began her career as an art director and art department assistant on independent and large-scale productions, including assisting the production designer Dennis Gassner on Into the Woods. Seeking more opportunities to express her creativity and use her skills as an illustrator, Katherine enrolled to study at the Royal College of Art in London. She has since developed her craft as an animator, and is now working on her third short animated film, supporting by a JBA.
LORNA MARTIN
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Previously an award-winning journalist and Scotland Editor of The Observer, in 2008 Lorna wrote a critically acclaimed comic memoir, Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which was optioned by Ruby Films and subsequently Working Title. In recent years, whilst also raising two young daughters, she has written several TV scripts, including a comedy pilot with Sharon Horgan. Recently Lorna made the shortlist of 12 in BAFTA’s Rocliffe New Writing Comedy Award and reached the final 40 (out of over 3000 entries) in BBC Writersroom’s Drama Script call. Her JBA provides assistance towards childcare and script editing costs while she develops new projects.
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LORRAINE NEWMAN
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Lorraine graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Art History before beginning her career working on various short films and independent productions in a number of roles, including as a producer and production coordinator. She then assisted the drama development team at ITV Studios before joining David Higham Associates as an assistant literary agent for film, TV and theatre. During this time she also studied Producing for Film at the Met Film School led by course tutor Stephen Follows. She currently works within the BFI Film Fund and is completing a diploma in Script Development at the National Film & Television School. Her JBA provides support towards tuition fees.
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MIKE DAY
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Mike is a cinematographer, director and producer from Scotland. Originally trained as a lawyer, Mike made the transition into film in 2009 when he headed off into the Scottish Outer Hebrides on a boat with a camera and met the Guga Hunters of Ness. The resulting documentary was commissioned by the BBC and screened internationally. Mike then went on to be one of EDN’s 12 for the Future, and one of 10 to watch in The Filmmaker Magazine. Supported by Sundance Institute, San Francisco Film Society, Creative Europe, Creative Scotland, Wellcome Trust, and the Danish Film Institute Mike then made the feature documentary, The Islands and the Whales in the Faroe Islands, released in 2016 the film has gone on to win awards and a BAFTA Scotland nomination and is due for UK release in 2017. This award will support Mike to work on his narrative writing, and his next feature documentary.
PETE JORDI WOOD
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A writer based in Cornwall who graduated from Falmouth University and holds a B.A. in Digital Animation, he has written for BBC One and Channel 4, as well as for BBC Radio. His credits include Eastenders and I Don’t Care – his 30-minute original drama starring Iwan Rheon and Paloma Faith in a semi-autobiographical tale about a young adult carer who receives a rare day off and goes in search of his lost youth. His JBA provides support towards developing a slate of new projects, including a contemporary musical drama about care leavers, Tin Town, to be Executive Produced by Emma Burge and Tom Bidwell, with music from West End composer Michael Bruce.
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SEAN MCGARRITY
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Sean is in his second year studying Sound Design at the National Film and Television School. Originally from Belfast, Sean first worked as a freelance sound designer and production sound engineer on advertisements, promotional videos and audio visual shows. He then moved into working as a boom operator on short films and television, leading to the role of Sound Trainee for season six of Game of Thrones. His time on Game of Thrones galvanised his decision to pursue post-production sound, leading him to apply to NFTS and pursue a career as a Sound Designer. His award will help with tuition costs and living expenses during his final year.
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SEDI GHADIRI
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Sedi is a London-based German-Iranian filmmaker currently studying for an MA in Filmmaking at the London Film School. After graduating with an MA in Politics and Middle Eastern Studies from Bonn University in Germany in 2008, she moved to London to pursue a career as an independent filmmaker. Her early works are a series of unconventional narrative films, exploring the notion of diaspora and displacement, which were exhibited among other places at the V&A and at Sheffield Doc Fest. Alongside her commitment to independent film projects, Sedi worked as a freelance Editor for BBC World Service before joining the London Film School. She is currently working on her graduation film and her award will support living costs during her final year.
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SHAN CHRISTOPHER OGILVIE
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Shan studied Film & TV Production at University of Westminster before moving into branded content and television production. He has created content for clients such as Vodafone, Citibank and O2, and shot factual television shows such as the BAFTA nominated Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs, The Wishing Tree, and Ian Brady: 50 Years Behind Bars. He produced the short film STUTTERER, which won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, the UK Film Critics Circle Award and the Irish Film & Television Award. He is particularly interested in themes of social mobility, masculinity and mental health issues, and is currently writing a feature script and developing a series of connected shorts, and his JBA provides support towards developing his slate.

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STELLA HEATH KEIR
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Stella shot and edited her first short (On the Road) during her final year at the Edinburgh College of Art, where she graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Photography. Post graduation, she continued to collaborate with filmmakers, experimental artists and musicians, gaining an archive researcher credit on From Scotland With Love, and producing and co-editing the critically acclaimed six-part web-series Translantics for ARTE Creative. Stella will begin her MA in Editing at the National Film and Television School in January 2017, the fees for which will be supported by her JBA.
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