BACK IN Xtra aims to back emerging talent from diverse backgrounds and help to ensure a truly representative talent pool feeds the UK's screen industry

Looking for a media industry mentor? BACK IN Xtra is a spin-off programme, which sees 50 Midlands-based filmmakers receive mentoring from established media professionals in the UK, over 6 months.

BACK IN Xtra is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme. Following our hugely successful callout in 2020 for filmmakers to apply for our yearly programme, BACK IN, which saw over 100 applicants vie for one of 6 slots - we recognised the need for more filmmaker-based support in the industry. This year, we have BACK IN Xtra to fill that void. Beginning in Autumn, BACK IN Xtra will see 50 Midlands-based filmmakers receive mentoring from established media-industry professionals in the UK over 6 months, including Daniel Alexander Films.

About BACK IN Xtra

Our main programme, 'BACK IN' began when Punch and Daniel Alexander got together to create the first Midlands-based black filmmaker development programme in 2016, where 6 filmmakers a year receive 9-months of workshops, support, guidance, a commission and a film screening.


Now we're in 2020, we want to open up BACK IN, for more people to benefit from this programme - so we created a spin-off programme called BACK In Xtra. 

For BACK IN Xtra, we are looking to match 50 filmmakers in the Midlands region with 10 relevant media-industry professionals for 6 months. This is for those that want to get their foot in the creative industries door, and need guidance and advice to get there.

Remani Love, 2018 BACK IN Graduate


• This is an opportunity for Midlands-based filmmakers, people of colour and those under-represented in the industry

• Passion for your work is as important as your experience

• You must be 18 or over
• Some sessions may be held in Birmingham, post-lockdown

ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen industries
If you have any questions about BACK IN Xtra, please contact

BACK IN Xtra is currently running from Autumn 2020 to Spring 2021 and recruitment has closed.

We will be re-opening recruitment for our annual programme BACK IN in 2021 - to keep up to date, sign up to our Newsletter or follow us on Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

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