Bradford Council in partnership with Channel 4 welcomed selected guests to a special private viewing earlier this week, which showcased powerful, relevant, and memorable short films made by some of the district’s aspiring filmmakers.

With a brief of communicating the ‘unseen, unheard and unsayable’ truths, each short film engaged the audience in different ways and touched on topics such as body dysmorphia, personal insights into crisis care, an unusual romance between two different cultures, plus a deeper look into the power of a simple act of kindness.

The event followed the partnership between Bradford Council and Channel 4 and is a celebration of the films produced by filmmakers supported by Short Form Content Award from Bradford Council and Channel 4.

The fund supported and enabled the aspiring filmmakers from across the district to progress their careers, with the film hub The Unit providing filmmaking support to the individuals.

Phil Barker, Assistant Director Sport & Culture at Bradford Council, said: “The showcase event was truly brilliant. Each short film told its own story, with some drawing on the personal experience of the maker. The range of content produced by these individuals was incredible and I’m positive that these aspiring filmmakers will continue to thrive in the industry. This ongoing partnership between Bradford Council and Channel 4 is one that will be instrumental for the district and its legacy. It’s so important that we provide creatives with industry-based opportunities and give them a platform to showcase their work.”

Ally McCrae, Digital Development Producer, Channel 4, said: ‘Channel 4 is committed to nurturing new talent and generating opportunities so people can showcase their creativity and take their first steps into the industry. It’s been fantastic to work with these aspiring filmmakers and see how their projects have come to life and the connections they have made while working on the briefs, it will all go a long way to helping their future careers. At Channel 4, we want to harness the creativity of people from across the UK and The Unit is a brilliant example of how we can work with partners to do just that.’

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