John Brabourne Awards


  • Courses Specific? No, but applicants must be looking to pursue a career in television or film
  • Other Criteria? Varies - see individual awards


The John Brabourne Awards is a major new initiative of the UK film and television industry, created by the industry's own trade charity, the CTBF. This new scheme has been designed to help passionate students gain access to their desired profession.

John Brabourne was one of Britain's most prolific producers with an illustrious career spanning four decades and 27 films. He also produced many television greats and was Director for Thames Television for six years. Throughout his career John Brabourne consistently championed the need to support young people who want to enter into the film and television industry.

The CTBF is proud to continue the charitable work of John Brabourne and help young talented students to open the door to a career in film and television. The John Brabourne Awards are a stepping stone for young people driven to further their experiences and careers in all aspects of film and television. In particular the awards seek to help those disadvantaged in some way, either through lack of funds or set-backs due to illness or accident.


The awards are open to everyone who is actively pursuing a career in the UK film and television industry. So if this is you, it is a scheme that looks to reward you as a young person who has demonstrated determination and motivation in targeting your chosen career. The scheme also looks to help those whose careers have suffered set-backs due to unforeseen circumstances.


Applications will be judged on both need and merit and you will need to support this by two references from either educational or professional establishments. You must also give a clear plan for the use of the award, including examples of your work and explain how winning will help you to further your career.

Value of awards

Sponsored awards provided by renowned companies like Channel 4, Kodak, Endemol and ITV to name but a few, can help launch your career through cash sums and/or training, work experience, equipment or materials valued from £1,000 to £5,000. Cash sums also funded by the CTBF can assist with travel, rent, bills or childcare if needed.

  • Closing date: Varies, dependent upon award. Check the website below for specific details (many have a closing date of 31 July - before the start of your course).
  • Judging panel: A committee of industry figures and business professionals, chaired by Lord Attenborough.

How to apply

Visit: to download the PDF application form.

Post your application to:

Eunice Bornasty, Head of Welfare and Secretary of the Brabourne Committee
The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund
22 Golden Square, London W1F 9AD
Tel: 020 7437 6567