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Calling all Documentary filmmakers! Netflix’s U.K. Documentary Talent Fund Returns For Second Year: what you need to know

Calling all Documentary filmmakers! Netflix’s U.K. Documentary Talent Fund Returns For Second Year: what you need to know

Short documentary competition

After the amazing response to the inaugural year of the Netflix Documentary Talent Fund, Netflix announce they will be running the fund for a second time. Branching out search to include filmmaking talent in Ireland, as well as the whole of the UK. There are five funds of £30,000.00 to make your film, so whether you applied before or this is the first Netflix would love to hear from you…

Last year’s successes included “Love Languages,” by Jason Osborne and Precious Mahaga (pictured), which has just been long-listed for a BAFTA.

Have you always fancied yourself behind the camera? Are you a film student? Have you got a burning idea that needs to be shown to the world? Did you train in filmmaking but then life got in the way? Then this is the opportunity for you. Whether you’ve picked up a camera before or have limited experience, do not be shy. The Documentary Talent Fund is designed to guide you through every step of the way: to nurture and encourage.

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The opportunity will be open to anyone across the UK & Ireland and will give five filmmakers and their teams, the chance to make a short documentary film with a budget of £30,000.00. All teams will be under the guidance of Netflix and other filmmaking professionals, to ensure that the final films are the best they can possibly be, and in a bid to open doors to those under-represented in the industry.

In their finished forms, each documentary must be between 8-12 minutes long and will live on Netflix UK’s social channels, with the potential for further development in the future. The brief for these fully funded short documentaries is On the theme of “Connection.”

The final docs will be launched in early 2024, and we will showcase them at an event attended by industry figures to help our talent expand their networks and advance their careers. Each team will own and retain their own copyright throughout the process.

Last year, ten filmmaking teams were selected from thousands of applicants to become our inaugural Netflix Documentary Talent team – and what a year it was. From Derry to Tewkesbury, Liverpool to Bristol, these ten shorts showcased some of the best new talent the UK has to offer.

#Netflix gives creative freedom to writers and directors to tell the stories they want to tell, unrestricted by time and form. We believe that great stories can come from anyone, anywhere – and that viewers want to see their lives reflected on screen.

We want to encourage anyone with a great story to tell, to go for it. We are on the hunt for the bravest, wittiest, most surprising stories out there and we can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

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