In the year it's producing the 2024 Paris Paralympics, Whisper has been announced as a new partner for Together TV's BAFTA-winning Diverse Film Fund alongside the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust (BSLBT).

Together TV has announced the launch of the 2024 edition of the Diverse Film Fund, focusing on empowering deaf, disabled, and neurodivergent (DDN) filmmakers to tell authentic stories about Britain's diverse communities.

The Diverse Film Fund 2024 will deliver two 10-minute films with £15,000 in funding per film. The partnership also provides filmmakers with industry-expert mentors, training, and ongoing support throughout the production process.

Sunil Patel, Whisper Co-Founder and CEO said "As a company, one of our mantras is Impact Positive Change, so we are very happy to support Together TV’s Diverse Film Fund 2024 and champion their great work. We know the power of storytelling in transforming perceptions and this partnership will help to support DDN filmmakers to deliver stories from their unique perspectives to a large audience. The Paralympics celebrates disabled talent both in front of and behind the camera and it's great to be able to support emerging film makers in this way."

Alexander Kann, Together TV’s Chief Executive said "Inclusivity is at the heart of Together TV's mission, and the Diverse Film Fund is a testament to our commitment to giving voice to underrepresented communities. By partnering with Whisper and BSLBT, we aim to amplify diverse narratives that resonate with our viewers and inspire positive change."

The films will adhere to The TV Access Project’s (TAP) Guidelines for Disability Inclusion in UK Television Production, BFI Diversity Standards, and BAFTA ALBERT compliance. Filmmaker, crew, and contributor needs will be assessed, and reasonable adjustments will be made as needed to ensure an inclusive production environment.

Creative Brief and Eligibility Criteria

The creative brief for this year's Diverse Film Fund encourages filmmakers to explore the creative space, break barriers, and showcase DDN expertise in their storytelling. Two specific themes are emphasised: one documentary related to sports or being active, aligning with Paralympic values, and another focusing on the British Sign Language signing community, delving into lives beyond labels through everyday adventures.

Applicants should identify as DDN, demonstrate a commitment to authentic storytelling, be aged 18+, live and work in the UK, and have no more than one broadcast credit as a director or producer. The application deadline is noon on Tuesday, 26th March 2024.

How to Apply

Interested filmmakers can apply online here starting from noon on Tuesday, 27th February.

For enquiries or alternative application methods, contact info@togethertv.com with the subject "DFF 2024" or call 020 3196 1562 during office hours.

Selected films will be broadcast on Channel 4, Together TV, and TV platform catch-up services, providing a platform for these meaningful stories to reach a wider audience.

Good luck to all applicants!

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