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Ian Stokes - BA (Hons) Filmmaking

I really enjoyed theatre acting when I was younger, but as a transgender person I grew frustrated that I was being cast in roles that didn’t match who I was. This inspired me to get into filmmaking so that I would be able to write my own stories, make stories available for others like me, and make roles available for others like me to act in.

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Scholarship recipient Ian Stokes

Why did you choose to study Filmmaking?

I really enjoyed theatre acting when I was younger, but as a transgender person I grew frustrated that I was being cast in roles that didn’t match who I was. Growing up as a young person feeling like an outcast with no media representation can feel lonely and confusing.

This inspired me to get into filmmaking so that I would be able to write my own stories, make stories available for others like me, and make roles available for others like me to act in. It is my goal to give the LGBTQ community a positive lens through which to view themselves, and provide them with stories in which they can see themselves.

I am so excited to explore directing and screenwriting from the professionals on the course. This will give me the opportunity to discover what kind of filmmaker I am and hone my skills around this. I truly cannot wait to discover my hidden talents and to begin building the foundations for my future career in film.

"Growing up as a young person feeling like an outcast with no media representation can feel lonely and confusing. It is my goal to give the LGBTQ community a positive lens through which to view themselves, and provide them with stories in which they can see themselves."

What does the Bright Futures Scholarship mean to you?

I am estranged from my family, and this has meant that for a while now I have been fully responsible for funding my own education, as well as supporting myself. I have had a number of part-time jobs over the years to do this, however, I know from experience how taxing that can be and how bills can add up.

With this scholarship I will be able to pay my tuition and support myself until I am able to work full-time over the summer. This will give me the unique privilege of focusing on my studies fully, without any added distractions.

I am so grateful for the generosity of those who studied before me who have made the decision to aid students as they study their passions. Their generosity will make a lasting impact on my life, and I do not know how to thank them enough.

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BA (Hons)

Filmmaking

Camera and crew filming scene