The Whickers Film & TV Funding Award is awarded annually to an emerging filmmaker from anywhere in the world with the most promising pitch for a director-led documentary which fulfils the core criteria detailed below. With a main award worth £80,000 and a runner-up contribution of £15,000, The Whickers Film & TV Funding Award is one of the most significant documentary awards in the world. Applications for 2021 are now open. Apply here.

Key dates for 2021 round:

  • 9th October 2020: Applications open
  • 31st January 2021: Deadline for applications
  • Late April 2021: Shortlisted projects announced
  • June 2021: Finalists pitch their projects at Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • June 2021: Winner of the Film & TV Funding Award announced at Sheffield Doc/Fest Awards Ceremony

CRITERIA

DIRECTOR-LED STORY

  • Storyteller with demonstrably strong interviewing skills.
  • Demonstrates passion for the subject whilst retaining fair-mindedness.
  • Demonstrates a real sense of independence.
  • Personal but not partisan.
  • Wry humour welcome.
  • Strictly no ‘Whicker impersonations’.

ENGAGEMENT

  • Unique access to engaging characters in unusual or inaccessible locations.
  • Allows contributor’s story to emerge in their own words.
  • Demonstrates a flair for coaxing the human spirit into revealing itself.
  • The author demonstrates intimacy with but does not overshadow the subject.

CURIOSITY

  • Spirit of inquisitiveness that leaves viewers wanting more.
  • Tells us about something new and unexpected about the world.
  • Excites wonder.
  • Understands how wit can illuminate the toughest or most nuanced real life drama.

ORIGINAL USE OF TECHNOLOGY

  • Playful with storytelling means – breaking new ground and/or using old ground to re-invent new style

NOT PARTISAN

  • No campaigning, pre-set agendas or political theories.

Apply here.

THE RULES

  • Must be the filmmaker’s first 50+ minute documentary film where they own the director or co-director credit
  • Open to filmmakers from anywhere in the world. We encourage international filmmakers to apply
  • Projects must be at the late development to early production stage at the time of applying – this is not a finishing fund
  • Award money cannot be paid to an individual. Therefore applicants must either: provide proof of company viability; have a fiscal sponsor on board; have a nominated production company on board to create a dedicated project account for their film; or confirm that they are willing to set up a limited company and dedicated project account if shortlisted.
  • Up to six minutes of original taster footage is required at the time of applying
  • Must be accessible for an English-speaking audience – whether in the English language, or subtitled in English
  • Applicants must have an executive producer on board at the time of applying.
  • Should they be shortlisted, applicants must be available to travel to the UK in June 2021 (dates TBC) to pitch their project at Sheffield Doc/Fest (reasonable travel and accommodation covered by The Whickers)
  • In order that The Whickers remains a major funder for the winning film, we ask that the budget for your 50+ minute documentary film does not exceed £400,000.

 

Source: www.whickerawards.com

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