How we are making an impact
Find out how we are making a difference to the lives of those working behind the scenes
Every year we help thousands of people in the film, TV and cinema to address and overcome personal and professional obstacles. Some have needed to rebuild their confidence, get past a crisis, develop a new skill, or realise a dream project., whilst others have needed more practical support, such as an emergency grant, or access to mental health support.
Our support and services mean talented people working behind the scenes in the industry, ranging from those working on set to those based in an office, feel like they can continue to fulfil their dreams and succeed.
“The Charity was easy to contact, and I found they listened not just to my problems, but treated me like a human being, with understanding and the utmost discretion. I hugely appreciated feeling like there was someone in my corner in the industry.” – Anonymous
“I would unquestionably recommend the Charity to all others in the industry. The indispensable support they provided me with in my greatest time of need, with their diligence, warmth and readiness to engage. I’ll be ever thankful to them.” – Sam, Media Technician
From the development of our mental health and wellbeing support to our COVID relief funds during 2020, Community Grants and industry-leading practical tools such as our Whole Picture Toolkit, there is a multitude of ways we have made a difference in the lives of those working behind the scenes in film, TV and cinema.
- Since April 2021 we have offered free access to 1,000+ counselling and legal advice sessions
- More than 15,000 calls to our Film and TV Support Line since it launched in 2018
- 3,500+ financial grants provided over the last two years
- Since 2020 we have funded 43 Community Grants
We want everyone who supports us, or who might be thinking about asking for our help, to know the impact we can have.
Here we share stories from just some of those that have had their lives changed by our support and services, showing why the work we do is so vital – all thanks to our colleagues, supporters, partners and collaborators.
Natalie Chan, Film Producer from the Midlands
I first contacted the Film and TV Charity in March 2020, shortly after COVID-19 hit. I faced unemployment and uncertainty and generally felt at a low point.
Once I’d contacted the Charity and discussed what I was going through, they sign-posted me to their various financial support available. As I had more time on my hands, I wanted to do something meaningful and valuable, so applied for one of their Community Grants so I could give back to my community.
I work as an independent producer, and in my other roles working in charitable and subsidised theatre, I know first-hand how hard it is to find money to get projects off the ground. After taking advice from my peers, and the BFI Network, I decided the best way to help others would be to create conversation-type workshops, looking specifically at how to fundraise for film projects. Speakers included financers, local councils and individuals who have donated to crowd funders to share how they work with filmmakers. It was extremely well-received, and I am so proud of what we managed to achieve.
The most beneficial impact I had from working with the Charity, is that I started to see my value and place within the industry again. Through this, I feel confident that I can make a positive difference by continuing to work in the industry. I would wholeheartedly recommend the Film and TV Charity to others!
If you feel like you need someone to speak to, then get in touch today via our Film and TV Support Line on 0800 054 0000, or via our Online Chat.
If you’d like to share your story of how the Charity has impacted your life or career, then get in touch today at [email protected]
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