Channel 4 Has Called For Black British Film-Makers To Create Content Surrounding Racial Issues

Elle Evans

By Elle Evans

Elle Evans

6 Jun 2020

Channel 4 has called out for Black British film-makers for fast-turnaround content that explores racial issues.

Following the tragic death of George Floyd, Specialist Factual Chief, Fatima Salaria, is eager to hear ideas and pitches for short-form stories based around racial issues that will be given the chance to air on Channel 4, All 4 and all over it’s social media platforms in the forthcoming weeks.

The first season of films to be released will last 5 minutes long, and will be overseen by Fatima Salaria alongside Milk and Honey’s executive producer Lucy Pilkington. These are set to be followed by a leg of long-form cross-genre content that explores the black experience as well as highlighting common questions about race in Britain, as it stands today.

Speaking on the call for British Black film-makers, Ian Katz, the Director of programme’s at Channel 4 commented; “We know that like all broadcasters, we have much more to do to make our output truly representative of Britain, and we are working hard on making real sustainable change”

“The killing of George Floyd and the events of the last week have crystalised into a profound challenge to the way we think about, discuss and act on race issues on both sides of the Atlantic. It is an urgent and potentially transformative debate that we must engage with now, and for the coming months this will be one of our editorial priorities.”

Fatima Salaria said that this is a fantastic opportunity for black-film makers to “make their voice heard at a crucial time”.

There are no restrictions regarding production companies, as this opportunity is open for all! Channel 4 has also stated that it’s committed to fencing half of what’s left of 2020’s originaiton and development budget for these production businesses alongside N&R firms.