Britain’s Hollywood star John Boyega has teamed up with Converse in a new initiative to nurture the next wave of talented black filmmakers. Politically aware Boyega lead Black Lives Matter marches in London last year.
The latest instalment of Converse’s All Star Program will see the London-born ‘Star Wars’ icon coordinate a community-focused programme of mentorship, commissions and funding that aims to create new opportunities for young black British creatives. The central focus of the project will be spotlighting black talent whilst highlighting issues of representation within the film industry, as identified by Boyega.
The Create Next Film Project will see Boyega work with five aspiring London filmmakers. Each filmmaker will receive funding to create a five-minute short film and be supported by Boyega and a team of creatives from across the Converse network in the mentorship programme.
Across the next six months, each filmmaker will be given guidance at key moments on their creative journeys.