The Leading Black Film Development Programme

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BACK IN is a nine-month Talent development programme for early-career black filmmakers in the Midlands, produced by PUNCH and managed by professional filmmaker DANIEL ALEXANDER. It's delivered through nine months of micro bootcamps, by recognised professionals from a range of backgrounds, supporting the next generation of Black filmmakers. Every place on the programme is linked to a micro-commissioning to develop a professional quality short film using the skills and techniques they have already & will learn on the journey.


The BFI's 2016 report on diverse & inclusive representation in UK film reveals that little has improved over the last decade, with only just over half of the films made each year featuring any Black actors at all. There are fewer roles available behind the camera, only 3% of the crew are from a minority ethnic background. The ‘NETFLIX effect’ (BBC TRUST, 2017) has created a demand for Black music content, and as a result thousands of Black-british film graduates run a zero hours creative treadmill for YOUTUBE and other platforms, which playlist hundreds of hours of new short form content each week. BACK IN is an opportunity for black creatives to get back in to the industry workforce, leveraging their experience with our trainers and mentors and moving back into the mainstream.


Tutors are from industry-recognised partners, and the course is managed by Daniel Alexander, filmmaker & entrepreneur, bringing in freelance specialists as required. Punch have over 15 years experience in arts commissioning with emerging artists. BACK IN specifically  addresses the need for project leadership training, industry access and creative opportunities for emerging and early career black filmmakers.