This October, John Boyega and Converse are joining forces on the ‘Create Next Film Project’ to nurture a new generation of rising Black filmmakers. This is the newest project under Converse’s All Star Program, a robust community-focused ecosystem of mentorship, commissions and funding that aims to create new opportunities for young creatives.
At the heart of the Create Next Film Project is a focus on a new wave of Black talent whilst highlighting issues within the film industry, as identified by Boyega himself. Under the Create Next Film Project, Boyega will work with five London filmmakers: Ade Femzo, Kaylen Francis, Kemi Anna Adeeko, Lorraine Khamali and Ibrahim Muhammad.
Each filmmaker will receive funding to create a five-minute short film, as well as be supported through mentoring from Boyega and a team of creatives from across the Converse network, including Mathieu Ajan (Bounce Cinema) and Shannie Mears (The Elephant Room).
Across the next six months, each will also be provided guidance at key moments in the creative journey, including the initial brief, a mid- point creative check-in and at the crucial final edit. The initiative is the latest among the Converse All Star Projects, which exist to fund and fuel the ideas of emerging leaders and creative thinkers around the globe.