CTBF relaunches as Film & Television Charity with 'new mission'

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The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the industry-supporting charity that has been in operation for some 90 years, is relaunching as the ‘Film & Television Charity’ as it plots a “new mission” to better assist film workers.

At an event held at Bafta in London today, the organisation will outline its vision for the ongoing support of film professionals.

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The two key initiatives are a new travel fund, Going Places, which will be a UK-wide scheme offering to cover travel expenses for training, interviews and pitches, and the previously announced film & TV support line, a 24/7 confidential phone service that will provide advice to workers dealing with problems ranging from bullying and harassment to mental health concerns, bereavement, addiction and substance abuse.

“We’re relaunching because we’ve got a new mission to support the well-being of all those who work within the film, television, and cinema sectors,” said Alex Pumfrey, who has been in her position as the organisation’s chief executive for a little under six months.

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“We’re radically looking to increase our reach and our impact, the charity currently helps around 600 individuals a year” says Pumfrey. She says it has “the potential to do much more” as it reacts to challenges currently facing the sector, including the culture of sexual misconduct, as well as concerns around mental health. “There’s very little support there for anyone at the moment,” she comments.

The Film & TV support line will be staffed by professionals from helpline specialists Connect Assist. Pumfrey explains that the initiative is designed to combat “what a tough and lonely place the film industry can be”, particularly for freelancers. “In many ways it [the film industry] is a wonderful place to work. People love the sector, but there’s a strong sense that at the end of the day you’re on your own,”...
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