On Sunday 5 December, Neon Films founder Nicky Bentham attended the 24th British Independent Film Awards live at Old Billingsgate on behalf of Raising Films, where we were honoured to receive the Special Jury Prize. Awarded by the BIFA Main Jury, which this year included Jennifer Ehle, Alice Lowe, Emma Corrin and Bennet McGhee, the prize recognised the Raising Films as a groundbreaking organisation which supports and campaigns for parents and carers working in the UK screen sector.
In their introduction, award presenter Emma Corrin said:
Raising Films’ vision is of an industry where caring, whether for a child, a parent or a partner, isn’t considered a minus point, to be hidden from the CV. Instead they see caring for what it is: a normal part of life; and a commendable quality, to be encouraged and developed. Let’s be absolutely clear: people who know how to care for others make better films.
Three of Raising Films co-founders, Nicky Bentham, Jessica Levick and So Mayer, along with our Ambassador Manjinder Virk, gave a short acceptance speech which you can watch via Insta!