February 8, 2023

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Netflix’s UK Documentary Talent Fund returns for a second year

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Netflix has launched its second documentary talent fund for emerging filmmakers in the UK – and this year the streamer is expanding the application to Ireland.

Fund will again be produced by Elizabeth Hopper with the assistance of supervising producer Georgie Yukiko and assistant producer Daisy Ifama.

Open to all – even those with no experience – the fund provides filmmakers with a £30,000 ($36,500) budget as well as guidance from Netflix executives and other industry professionals to enable them to short a documentary. Support provided by Netflix includes a series of production workshops covering legal, creative, HR and finance, among other topics.

The theme of this year’s documentary is “Connection.”

Selected applicants will present their final documentary at a showcase in early 2024. Applicants must be resident in the UK or Ireland.

Each filmmaker will come up with an 8-10 minute documentary that will be pushed to Netflix UK’s social channels.

Last year’s cohort included “Love Language,” by Jason Osbourne and Precious Mahaga, which was just longlisted for a BAFTA. Other films from the past year have screened at festivals around the world.

“We were thrilled with the results of last year’s inaugural Documentary Talent Fund,” said Kate Townsend, VP of Documentary Features at Netflix UK, “The filmmakers we collaborated with inspired and surprised us, and we’re very pleased with how they made the most of it. of this opportunity. The resulting films were diverse in content and style and provided a glowing response to the brief. This year we want to take the theme ‘Connectivity’ a step further and we encourage filmmakers to interrogate it and come up with their unique take and perspective. , whatever that looks like.”

The judging panel included Townsend, Dorothy Street Pictures founder/CEO Julia Nottingham, Oscar winner Orlando Von Einsiedel, “In Her Hands” director Tamana Ayazi, “American Murder: The Family Next Door” director Jenny Popplewell, Line producer Alex Brunti and SBTV CEO Tanisha Artman. .

Entries for the fund open today and will run until February 16. For more information visit www.netflixdocfund.co.uk.

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