The Youth Jury, now in its 8th year, is one of the few youth lead programmes in the documentary world aimed at people aged 16 – 21.
The programme includes a ‘hothouse’ in London to meet industry leaders such as commissioners, filmmakers and personalities (last year jurors met Michael Palin). The jury then attends Sheffield Doc/Fest in June and awards the Sheffield Doc/Fest Youth Jury prize (announced next at the Award Ceremony on Thursday 12th June) to the winning film that best reflects interests for a youth audience.
The Youth Jury has a track record as an invaluable accelerator into the industry. Past jurors have gone on to work with television broadcasters, film publications, distributors and for one of last year’s jurors, Ibrahim Ahmed it directly led to his short film Khat being picked up by BBC Fresh.
Simran Hans says, Youth Jury 2013,
The Youth Jury is a fantastic outreach programme for young people… The access to industry professionals is phenomenal – From a networking perspective alone, my experience on the Youth Jury has been invaluable — a job in the film industry definitely feels like a tangible reality rather than a far-fetched dream.
Applicants do not need experience in the media, but do need a passion for documentary.
Applications are open from Thursday October 31st until Thursday November 14th, 17:00.
Application forms can be downloaded from the Sheffield Doc/Fest website.