Michele D’Acosta Named Future Talent Scholarship Partner for Screen and Film School Brighton

24 June, 2024

Screen and Film School Brighton is delighted to announce that international award-winning producer and director, Michele D’Acosta, will be joining us for another year as patron and now as the partner for Screen and Film School Brighton’s Future Talent Scholarship.

Michele is an acclaimed producer and director known for her work on award-winning documentaries such as “Biggie & Tupac”, “Kurt and Courtney”, and “No Distance Left to Run”, brings her wealth of experience and passion for filmmaking to this role.

Read more about Michele’s career: Film Made Me – Michele D’Acosta

Michele is enthusiastic about inspiring the next generation of filmmakers, emphasising the importance of creativity, perseverance, and strong ethics in the industry.

“[The role of the film producer is] someone who is single-minded, enthusiastic, tenacious and passionate in pursuit of their vision; a magical thinker.”
– Michele D’Acosta

Michele’s dedication to storytelling and her ability to bring light to untold stories have earned her recognition as one of the 50 most influential People of Colour in British Television by The TV Collective. This breadth of experience and her commitment to social change through film make her an invaluable asset to Screen and Film School Brighton.

Applications for the Michele D’Acosta Future Talent Scholarship 2024 have now closed.

The Michele D’Acosta Future Talent Scholarship

Applicable to students beginning their degree in September 2024, the Michele D’Acosta Scholarship will provide full three-year tuition fees for a candidate from a low-income household, and/or an underrepresented group in higher education.

The scholarship will assist new students who demonstrate talent in their chosen discipline, strong creative potential, and a desire to pursue a career in the film and TV industry. It will support eligible undergraduate students studying screen and film degrees at Screen and Film School Brighton.

Michele strongly believes that more should be done to invest in young people seeking ways into the film industry, and that it is the responsibility of people like her to nurture and encourage new talent. Talent, however, is just the beginning. Michele’s advice to students emphasises the importance of dedication to the craft:

“It’s hard work so if you aren’t 100% dedicated to it, if you don’t live and breathe it, then don’t bother. All other skills you can learn, but passion and dedication – that cannot be taught.”

Michele’s Role as Scholarship Partner

This scholarship is designed to nurture emerging talent, providing financial support and mentorship opportunities to help students excel in their filmmaking careers.
Michele’s philosophy aligns perfectly with the mission of Screen and Film School Brighton. She encourages students to believe in themselves, develop their unique voices, and remain steadfast in their creative pursuits.

Her personal journey to becoming an influential filmmaker highlights the power of resilience and creativity. We are honoured to have Michele D’Acosta as scholarship partner and the positive impact she has already brought to the community​ at Screen and Film School.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this incredible initiative! It’s an honour to join the forward-thinking scholarship partnership with SFS Brighton, which perfectly aligns with my commitment to championing inclusivity, diversity, and positive social change.” – Michele D’Acosta

Who can apply for the scholarship?

You can apply for the Michele D’Acosta Future Talent Scholarship if you meet all the following criteria:

  • You are applying for an undergraduate degree at Screen and Film School Brighton that starts in September 2024.
  • Your chosen course is one of the following:
    • BA (Hons) Filmmaking
    • BA (Hons) Production Design for Screen and Film
    • BA (Hons) Hair and Makeup for Screen and Film
    • BA (Hons) Film Business and Production.
  • You are a UK national with home fee status.
  • You are from a low income* household and/or an underrepresented group in higher education. This includes:
    • Students from a global majority background.
    • Students who have experience in care or are estranged.
    • Mature students.
    • Students who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, or are from a gender-diverse background.
    • Disabled students.

*Student Finance England (SFE) also offers a full maintenance grant to students with a household income of £25,000 or less.

How to Apply

You will first need to apply for an eligible undergraduate degree course at Screen and Film School Brighton starting in September 2024. Once you have applied, you will be sent a scholarship application form.

Applications for the Michele D’Acosta Future Talent Scholarship close on 12th July 2024. Scholarships will only be awarded to those who go on to accept an offer from Screen and Film School Brighton and complete the enrolment process.

Applications for the Michele D’Acosta Future Talent Scholarship 2024 have now closed.

What happens next?

A panel will assess your application, and we will contact you as soon as possible regarding the outcome.

As this is a competitive process and there are a limited number of scholarships available, we strongly recommend that all applicants follow the usual processes to secure student funding. Where appropriate, successful applicants will be able to amend/cancel their request for support from Student Finance England once their scholarship has been awarded.

Applying for the Michele D’Acosta Future Talent Scholarship will not exclude you from accessing university hardship funds or the Fair Access Fund.

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

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