Aaron Carty’s dream was to be a superhero for his community. He initially began his career as a police officer at 18, but today he is an inspiration for many as the UK’s biggest Beyoncé tribute drag queen. Together TV's Diverse Film Fund filmmaker, Blaise Singh, captures Aaron's spactacle in "The Beyoncé Experience" showing on Together TV throughout Black History Month on Together TV from 19th October. He sat down with us and PA media for an exclusive interview about how he became the Beyoncé Experience.
The life of a filmmaker can be enigmatic to those of us who haven’t dabbled behind the scenes and on set. Together TV’s Diverse Film Fund supported five emerging filmmakers with a £10,000 fund, mentoring and training. 2021’s filmmakers are Ikram Ahmed, Alexandra Genova, Sheila Kayuma, Jason Osborne and Blaise Singh.. The filmmakers had a varying level of experience, but this was to be their first TV credit. We sat down to hear first hand what a typical day looked liked for them.
We are excited to reveal 2021's Diverse Film Fund Filmmakers are Ikram Ahmed, Alexandra Genova, Sheila Kayuma, Jason Osborne and Blaise Singh. Each filmmaker will receive £10,000 and mentoring to produce a short documentary about Black British lives today that'll be broadcast on Together TV in October 2021.
Broadcaster Together TV will open submissions for its Diverse Film Fund on 1st March
The £50,000 fund will commission five emerging filmmakers who do not yet have a broadcast credit as Director or Producer. Applicants may be working in film or TV or are graduates from a film/TV degree
Up to £10,000 in production costs will be allocated to each of five short documentaries (up to 10 minutes in durations), with filmmakers mentored and supported during the process
The theme is “Black British Lives today” with the films set to Premiere during Black History Month in October
ITV Commissioning Editor and Together TV Trustee Satmohan Panesar to chair the seven-strong judging panel
TV news anchor Charlene White on the judging panel alongside many others
Naked’s Managing Director Fatima Salaria is joining the initiative with her colleagues Natalie Rose and Cal Turner being judges and mentors
Partners supporting the fund are drawn from broadcasters, TV trade bodies and equality charities
The initiative comes on the back of the Crowdfunding campaign run by Together TV’s Chair and Founder Caroline Diehl last summer, to promote and support more diverse content on Together TV