Warp X andthe Channel 4 British Documentary Film Foundation (Britdoc) have partneredforBreakout, a year-longdevelopment programme for black and minority ethnic film-makers. The programmeis supported by Skillset and Breakout Training and Development in associationwith Screen East and the University of East Anglia.

Thenational scheme will work with writers, directors and writer/directors onlow-budget fiction or documentary features. Projects will be developed withindustry mentors and trainers.

Robin Gutchand Mark Herbert, joint managing directors of Warp X, said: "Warp X isimmensely excited to be one of the partners in Breakout. British cinema is onlyjust beginning to rise to the challenge of reflecting the multi-culturalreality of modern Britain, and here is a great opportunity toseize the creative and commercial opportunities presented by this socialtransformation."

Britdoc'sBeadie Finzi added: "We are delighted to be partners in Breakout. It is aunique opportunity for us to work with the UK's finest filmmakers, to providesupport and development they need to make the next step into featuredocumentaries."

Moreinformation and application forms can be found at www.breakoutdevelopment.co.uk.Applications are due Jan 12.