Mark Milsome Foundation Year in Review
The Foundation has had a fantastic year advocating for better health and safety practice, actively participating in events to help spread awareness of our mission, forging new relationships with production companies and education/training providers. The overwhelming support from all of you has been truly inspiring and we look forward to your continued support in the coming year. Below are a few of the 2023 highlights.
Mission Digital / illuminatrix Fundraising Event – This event was held on behalf of the Foundation at 100 Wardour Street. A diverse range of our merchandise was available for purchase with all proceeds directly contributing to fund our mission.
Cinegirl Event at CVP – A panel discussion with speakers Laura Smith (Director), Abbi Collins (stunt coordinator), Annabella Wood (stunt performer) and Andra (MMF Founder) focused on stunts and safety.
First Aid Course for Guild Trainees Applicants – one day course at the Guild of British Camera Technicians, sponsored by the Foundation.
Health & Safety Talks for Film London – we guided various groups of students, who were doing a week long film course at Film London, through our Skillset level 2 production safety passport course.
Mark Milsome Memorial Cup – the annual football fundraiser was held in a bid to raise money for the Foundation and featured teams comprised of production crew.
Mark’s 60th Birthday – we commemorated Mark on what would’ve been his 60th by bringing back the much-loved green cap and launching a bottle green t-shirt and sweatshirt.
‘Foot in the Door’ – we interviewed a number of Film and TV students from different educational institutions at Panavision for our ‘Foot in the Door’ traineeship programme and selected Lily Coney, Stephanie Chao and Louie Walters.
Mentor for ‘Foot in the Door’ Trainees – Agnieszka Szeliga, a seasoned camera operator, assumed the role of mentor for the MMF trainees, offering guidance, support and invaluable industry insights over the next year.
Screenskills Level 2 Production Safety Passport – many production companies and colleges took up the MMF H&S course, providing an opportunity for thousands of current and aspiring crew to learn essential safety knowledge.
HSE Working Minds – In honour of World Mental Health Day the Foundation partnered with the HSE Working Minds campaign to assist businesses and employees in understanding effective methods for preventing job-related stress and promoting mental well-being.
Mark’s Gift – The annual gift of £2000 was awarded to Zara Trott, someone we believe Mark would’ve wanted to support.
Health and Safety Survey – The Foundation, in collaboration with Bectu, launched a health and safety survey, entitled ‘A Few Minutes for Mark’, with the aim of assessing and improving the safety of UK film and TV crews.
Cameraimage Festival – The Foundation attended the Cameraimage Film Festival in Poland to explore how other countries are tackling health and safety. During the festival, we took the opportunity to launch our 2024 calendar, “Our Planet’s Perspective,” at a special event.
Mark’s Six Year Anniversary – we commemorated Mark’s six year anniversary since his death on 18th November and highlighted the importance of strictly adhering to health and safety guidelines.
Mad Dog 2020 Casting Fundraiser – Mad Dog organised a fundraising hike through the Forest of Dean on behalf of the Foundation which was attended by members of the Milsome family.
BBC News Piece – The BBC ran a compelling news piece, widely covered in the media, drawing attention to health and safety on set and raising questions about the risks involved for actors and crew.
Pinewood Futures Festival – The Foundation participated in the exciting annual careers event held at Pinewood Studios for those looking to embark on a career in the Film and TV industry.