Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Black creatives need trust from people at the top, says filmmaker

(Basma Khalifa/PA)
(Basma Khalifa/PA)

A black documentary maker has said senior filmmaking figures need to “trust” young creatives to improve diversity in the industry.

Basma Khalifa, who is to speak at the Black Young Professionals (BYP) Network’s two-day leadership conference starting on Thursday, said change will come when people in charge give black filmmakers a chance.

“It’s (about) having people trust you. The people at the top need to give people an opportunity,” she told the PA news agency.

Having styled for Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar after university, the 31-year-old said her first documentary – Inside The Real Saudi Arabia: Why I Had to Leave – was made possible by a BBC executive.

“My executive was an example of (trust). He didn’t know me… and he was like, ‘Hey, I’m going to trust you, I’m going to give you a chance’, and look at what happened,” she said.

“I think it all comes down to trust and opportunity.”

From styling the likes of Adele and Naomi Campbell to featuring on BBC Radio 1 and honing her passion for documentary-making, Ms Khalifa said she understands the “great responsibility” she has.

“There’s definitely a pressure to represent, but it’s not a pressure that I’m struggling with,” she said.

“I think it’s important that my role comes with great responsibility… I don’t really shy away from it, I enjoy it.”

The documentarian stressed that finding a team is crucial to getting ahead in the industry (Basma Khalifa/PA)

The filmmaker added that one of her main pieces of advice for young black creatives is to “find the team that clicks with you and clicks with your vision”.

“No one is a one-man band. You have to have a team… and the only way that you’re going to have your team that you trust is by networking,” she said.

She praised the BYP Network conference, an annual event where more than 150 speakers will offer advice and insight into the world’s most competitive industries.

The network is a platform for black professionals to connect with each other, find jobs, sign up to mentorship schemes and seek funding.

“I wish I had what this conference is doing. Young creatives or people who want to get in and want to figure out what they’re doing: it’s at your fingertips,” Ms Khalifa said.

“It’s literally being handed to you on a plate. So if it’s handed to you on a plate, take the plate.”

The BYP Network conference is free and anyone can attend online at:

Already a subscriber? Sign in