We Are Parable, returning partner Channel 4 and new sponsor Sony Pictures Television, have unveiled the latest cohort to join Momentum, the six month mentoring and training programme for Black filmmakers and content creators around the UK. 

Momentum, now in its third year, supports filmmakers by creating new opportunities for them to progress their career forwards in the film and television industry. 

The sixty participants in the We Are Parable Momentum 2023 cohort

Meet the 60 participants in the We Are Parable Momentum 2023 cohort

Over 500 applications were submitted for the six-month programme, which will offer support across three pillars: mentoring, mental health and well-being, as well as access to industry professionals. 

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The sixty participants will join mentoring sessions, masterclasses, discussions and networking events from experts from across the film and television industry, including Channel 4, Sony Pictures Television, and many more. 

Participants will receive support in key areas across the filmmaking pipeline from film financing, funding and co-productions, to pitching work and submitting to festivals. 

Anthony Andrews, co-founder and creative director of We Are Parable said:  “We have had more applications for this year’s Momentum than we’ve ever seen in the three years of running the programme, with an extremely high level of quality almost across the board and over 50% of this year’s cohort coming from outside of London. 

“We’re very excited to welcome our sixty creatives to the programme this year and we can’t wait to see how their careers progress in the coming months.”

Who’s who in the Momentum 2023 cohort (pictured above)

1st Row: Dorcas A. Stevens, Karla Williams, Luke Oliveira-Davies, Che Scott-Heron Newton, Kudzi Synos, Lekia Lée, Suher Sofi, Awate Abdalla, Romaine Reid, Amber Akaunu

2nd Row: Davy Lazare, Princess Arinola Adegbite,Chante Adjei, Oneikeh Campbell, Anita Safowaa, Dominic Stewart,Euella Jackson,  Tibyan Mahawah Sanoh, Macy Byfield, Stevie Amoh

3rd Row: Asma Kabadeh, Corinne Walker, Daniel Oyegade,Nyasha Gudo, Meena Ayittey, Josh Bridge, Jeremiah Towolawi, Yasmin Godo, Ife Yssis, Richard Ampeh

4th Row: Chris Chuky, Sid Elbadawi, Larissa Hope, Sarah Githugu ,Olaoluwapo adediji, Mojola Akinyemi, Yvonne Shelling, Jordan Alexandra, Rob Ball, Ibrahim K. Muhammad

5th Row: Bisola Alabi, Michael Mante, Stéphane Ugeux, Takudzwa Zibengwa, Adekemi Roluga, Brandon Pantry-Melsom, Kidst Ayalew, Dean Leon Anderson, Natalie Gumede, Brioni Farren

6th Row: Tayo Odesanya, Jamie Noel, Daniel Granville, Stephanie Pearce-Power,Akpoufuoma Edafe, Thulani Rachia, Isaac Ameyaw, Joanna Burrows, Tolu Ogunware, Sosthene Zakuani (no image)

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