Our Vision

Cinema for good.

 
 

The Independent Film Trust, exists to advance the cause of independent filmmaking by uncovering new stories, empowering new voices and developing new audiences. We advocate for more diversity and representation in the film industry, amplifying stories that explore new ideas challenge audiences and inspire empathy.

The IFT was set up in 2004 and is a UK-registered charity. Our activities include advocacy for a more diverse and representative film industry, support for filmmakers struggling to develop projects and the provision of film and media training for those who are marginalised. The Vertical Lab helps film artists who are underrepresented by the film industry break through and establish professional careers.

Collaborations with industry partners help us impact positively on professional UK film and advocate for greater equality and innovation in storytelling. Our community outreach allows people who might never engage with film to take an active role in producing cinema and contributing to British film.

At every stage we campaign to provide an independent film scene that is challenging and entertaining whilst inclusive and representative of the broader UK public.

 
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Charlotte Knowles
Chief of Operations

 
Mentoring session with film artists participating in the Vertical Lab, 2018.

Mentoring session with film artists participating in the Vertical Lab, 2018.

Working with the local community in South London.

Working with the local community in South London.

Teaching a public workshop in Brixton.

Teaching a public workshop in Brixton.