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By mmbfuk, Feb 7 2017 12:26PM

Following on from years of successful projects and programmes we are pleased to announce a partnership with EssexTV, a digital channel to curate the EssexTV Awards an awards scheme that celebrates individuals, charities and businesses who are making a difference in Essex.

Tim Tiernan, Interim CEO of EssexTV said “The Awards are an exciting time for businesses and individuals of excellence locally to be celebrated, furthermore having the backing and support of MMBF Trust gives us more opportunities to offer further support to award winners”.

There are several open categories, You can nominate a company, charity or individual for as many of these categories as you like, as many times as you like. Nominations & Entries are totally free, Nominated individuals, Business and Charities will be contacted to submit further information to support their application. Finalists will be contacted by email shortly after the closing date of 17th August 2017.

Essex TV's chairman, Mark Watson-Gandy said

"Few people realise quite how buzzy and exciting it is to be in Essex is at the moment.

The awards are our chance to showcase some of the best of Essex. We wanted to recognise some of the amazing people and the incredible things they are doing in Essex at the moment.

We wanted to remind people why we should be so proud of Essex"

Winners will be awarded at the EssexTV Awards ceremony in late 2017.

For more information and to nominate someoe visit –

By mmbfuk, Jan 6 2017 01:56PM

An MMBF Trust funded scheme in partnership with Theatre N16 has proved a success as 6 people graduated from the programme having worked on Theatre n16’s critically acclaimed play ‘Swing By 8’.

The graduates involved where

• Maanuv Thiari

• Paul Boichat

• Maisie Black

• Rebecca Drake

• Ellie Gauge

• Amy Hendry

First Credit, produced by Theatre N16 and The Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund, gives the opportunity to four actors and two directors to gain their first professional credit in the industry. Six graduates were chosen in an open application process, and this production will be the first showing of a new play by a new writer as well. All graduates receive on-the-job training and advice from industry mentors through workshops and constant support as well as a fee and sustenance for their involvement.


By mmbfuk, Nov 14 2016 12:52PM

Ever felt an edge to write ? Perhaps you like to work on short stories, news articles or interview people?

You wont have to look very far as MMBF have teamed up with EssexMag a lifestyle & entertainment magazine to offer excellent opportunities and support for aspiring journalists. Our new journalism creative program launches in the New Year so keep your eyes peeled.

Tim Bryans of MMBF commented on the programme saying ‘Writing and journalism forms a core part of the creative sector and it’s very exciting for us to be developing a programme to support such talented individuals’.

Essex Magazine is formed through a partnership by local channel EssexTV and a media consortium, the publication will be predominately online with a quarterly print publication distributed throughout metropolitan Essex. The publication will be a tabloid magazine specialising in entertainment news, current affairs and featuring interviews from public figures.

Read Essex Magazine's coverage of our MMBF Rising Star Of The Year.

By mmbfuk, Nov 2 2016 03:54PM

On Saturday, we held a film production funding workshop with Matthew Martino of the film charity MMBF to some 22 eager film producers looking for some valuable tips on accessing funding for film productions.

Matthew talked the attendeeds through the more traditional ways of fundraising such as crowdfunding, EIS investment, Pre-sales and self fudnding.

We held the finale of our young screenwriters script pitch competition on Sunday and we welcomed the six young writers that made it through to the final pitching session:

Who took their carefully crafted pitches to our industry judges:

James Mavor (Screen Academy Scotland)

Claudia Yusuf (Scottish Film Talent Network)

Lee Hamilton (Shore Scripts)

Eddie McFadden (Scottish Screenwriters)

Matthew Martino (Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund)

And after much deliberation the winner was selected:

Daniel Brown for C.O.D.A !

Congratulations to Daniel who will be off to London next year for the London Screenwriters Festival and for some industry mentoring! We wish Daniel all the best!

The runner-up who will also be going to the London Screenwriters Festival next year is James Hannan!

By mmbfuk, Jul 8 2016 09:38AM

By Simon Phetter

MMBF Trust are extremely excited to announce that we will be sponsoring a documentary on HM King Kigeli V of Rwanda. The documentary will narrate HM’s journey thus far also highlighting HM’s philanthropy and the work He is doing to reach out to Rwandan’s around the world.

The documentary is being produced by Essex-TV and the preview is available to view below:

Tim Bryans one of our Trustees said ‘Projects like this are very exciting to be a part of, with our founder Matthew’s African origins we are always keen to support unique and cultural projects such as these which will provide so much education and history to the young generations’.

The documentary will have its network premiere on the 21st of August 2016.

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