BACK IN Xtra supports emerging talent from diverse backgrounds to help 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 a successful first year in 2020, which saw BACK IN & BACK IN Xtra receive over 200 applications; we recognised that we need to continue supporting the development of filmmakers that are both entering and present in the screen industry. To do this, BACK IN Xtra is returning this year, and 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 2021, and our spin-off programme BACK IN Xtra is in its second year. This programme is open to everyone from every ethnic background, so that even more emerging creators can benefit from this programme.

For BACK IN Xtra, we will be matching 50 filmmakers in the Midlands with 1 of 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.

• 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


Remani Love, 2018 BACK IN Graduate

BACK IN Xtra will take place from September 2021 to May 2022. To apply click the button below.

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