A quick catch-up with the boss: Matthew C. Martino

A quick catch-up with the boss: Matthew C. Martino

23year old Matthew C. Martino is a British film executive and philanthropist. His international charity MMBF Trust provides grants and scholarships to young people in the arts and his other ventures include The MM Enterprise Award an enterprise scheme for young people and the all new MM Innovators Fund which launches on valentine’s day. We had a quick interview with him.

A quick catch-up with the boss: Matthew C. Martino

Q. Matthew, its 2016 and you don’t seem to slowing down with your charity work ! Tell us more
Matthew C. Martino :

Well yes, I’m honoured to be in 2016. It’s been a rocky road already as we are just one month in but I’m very much looking to being involved in more charity work and establishing more initiatives to supporting aspiring individuals within the arts.

Q. MMBF Trust handed out 297 grants and scholarships in 2015, how did this feel ?
Matthew C. Martino :

It was a little surreal if I must be honest, I knew the volunteers and team had been working hard but I didn’t think the numbers had got so high. I am constantly seeking ways to expand our work at MMBF and have every faith in all our partners and the team that we will achieve greater impact in years to come.

Q. Does your charity work mean you won’t be devoting more time to film ?
Matthew C. Martino :

Well that’s just one way of looking at it, I love making films and being a hands on producer and I can’t think of any reason why I would ever give that up. At present however my charity work is my biggest priority and what I’m looking to spend a lot of my time on.

Q. You’re heading for another single valentines but have a treat is store for young creatives, is that right ?
Matthew C. Martino :

I am heading for another single one I’m afraid, I’ve been developing a new mini fund over the festive period to be called the ‘MM Innovators Fund’. This fund will basically provide 10 individuals or groups with £250 to develop their creative work or project. It’s something I’m hoping will become a standalone fund in the future reaching hundreds each year.

Q. Any film productions in the pipeline ?
Matthew C. Martino :

Nothing as of yet, I’m in early talks for a handful of productions and have also been speaking to the executives at new local  channel Essex  TV with a view of getting involved in their work.

Q. How do your friends and relatives react to your giving ?
Matthew C. Martino :

It’s not easy, a lot of people think I’m crazy giving to so many charitable causes and supporting future generations but I always remind people that I started from nothing. I have nothing to lose by giving and at the end of the day I’m a working class kid from Harlow. I enjoy opening up opportunities for others.

A quick catch-up with the boss: Matthew C. Martino

Q. You are working on a super-secret charity being dubbed ‘MMC Initiative’ that will reach 20,000 young people, what can you tell us ?
Matthew C. Martino :

Well MMC has been in development for three months, yes initial reports and audits are pointing towards the 20,000 but this is too optimistic. It’s going to be my landmark giving scheme and I just want to support as many people in the UK as possible and I hope the initiative will change many lives. I honestly don’t know when it will launch but it’s a work in progress.

Q. You are a Christian, how do you handle potential conflicts with your work win the arts ?
Matthew C. Martino :

Yes I’m a born Seventh Day Adventist, in all honesty I separate my religious life from my day to day work. I do campaign to try and bring some young people to churches through our projects and spread the word of God.

Thank you for taking time to speak to us.

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