This October, acting star John Boyega and shoe mavericks Converse are joining forces on the ‘Create Next Film Project’, a new venture to nurture a new generation of rising Black filmmakers.
This is the newest project under Converse’s All Star Program, which is a community-focused network of mentorship, commissions and funding that aims to create new opportunities for young creatives. At the heart of the Create Next Film Project is a focus on a new wave of Black talent whilst highlighting issues within the film industry, as identified by Boyega himself.
As part of the project, Boyega will work with five London filmmakers: Ade Femzo, Kaylen Francis, Kemi Anna Adeeko, Lorraine Khamali and Ibrahim Muhammad. Each filmmaker will receive funding to create a five-minute short film, as well as being supported through mentoring from Boyega (not bad for a first mentor), and a team of creatives from across the Converse network, including Mathieu Ajan and Shannie Mears.
They’re in it for the long haul, too – across the next six months, each budding filmmaker will also be provided guidance at key moments in the creative journey. This is broken down to include the initial brief, a mid-point creative check-in and, crucially, at the final edit.
The initiative is the latest among the Converse All Star Projects, which have previously attracted great attention, and ultimately exist to fund and fuel the ideas of emerging leaders and creative thinkers around the globe. Be prepared for some seriously exciting filmmaking over the next few months.
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