British Creatives

So, something rather amazing has happened to Doc Society. We’ve been given the incredible opportunity to lead the UK’s national documentary film funds for the next few years! It is a huge privilege and a weighty responsibility. It is also a dream come true for us. Huge thanks to all the filmmakers and partner organisations who supported our application and to the BFI for putting their trust in us.

British non-fiction filmmakers, we are excited to serve you. Your country needs you, now more than ever. We will need you too, to guide and advise us. Together we can make a time of division and scarcity also a time of creativity, invention and solidarity. There is a rather good press release about all this here.

Our priorities, as shared by the BFI Film Fund team, will be to develop storytellers from all parts of the country and all communities, especially through our shorts program, and to back feature projects with bold cultural and social ambitions. And we are coming to meet you where you are. Working with industry partners we are devising a brand new touring roadshow connecting local artists and filmmakers to funders, distributors and exhibitors that you need to know to make your work. Plus, inspired by the artist development programmes of our colleagues at Sundance and the Danish Film Institute, we will also be launching the UK’s first dedicated Edit Lab for doc fund grantees.

Cut to the chase though, the new funds will open in mid January 2018. There will be three rounds per year with total funds of £650,000 available to support UK documentary features and shorts.

We literally can’t wait to get started.

But we have to.

So please bear with us as we get set up over Christmas, hire a dedicated new film fund team and more importantly, continue to get more input from you on your needs.

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There is a rather good press release about all this here.

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With love, team Doc Society

Starting January 2018 Doc Society will administer the BFI Documentary Film Fund
The new Fund will be open for both shorts and features with £650,000 to spend annually
The Fund will run three rounds a year, the first round opening in January 2018
A regional touring programme of screenings and workshops will run four times a year, meeting you where you are
There will be a new dedicated Edit Lab for Fund grantees and UK editors