Magazine article Screen International

BFI Announces Partner for £1M-per-Year Documentary Fund

Magazine article Screen International

BFI Announces Partner for £1M-per-Year Documentary Fund

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Organisation, formerly known as BRITDOC, will help deliver National Lottery funding to UK filmmakers.

The BFI has announced that Doc Society are the delivery partner for its Documentary Fund, which will award up to £1m of National Lottery money a year to filmmakers across the UK.

The non-profit organisation - formerly known as BRITDOC - will help fulfil a commitment in the BFI’s five-year strategy (BFI2022) to support documentary film, including emerging filmmakers as part of BFI NETWORK.

Doc Society is working to open up the first funds, which run until March 2022, in early 2018.

Over the past 12 years, Doc Society have previously supported feature documentaries such as CITIZENFOUR, Notes On Blindness, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer and The Look of Silence.

The BFI said that the organisation was selected through an open application process, and demonstrated “inspiring proposals to support creativity and craft excellence” alongside a “spirit of enterprise, its extensive international network and a track record of helping to develop globally recognised documentaries”. …

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