The newly launched Documentary Talent Fund will see Netflix award up to £40,000 each to 10 filmmakers ‘in a bid to open doors to those most under-represented in the industry’.

Applications are open to a new generation of innovative storytellers to produce short documentary films, with a budget of between £20k and £40k, to tell the stories they want to tell, unrestricted by time and form.

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Submissions must be between 8-12 minutes long and will be featured on Netflix UK’s social channels plus the potential for shortlisted ideas to be further developed in the future.

The short documentary competition, titled “Britain’s Not Boring And Here’s A Story“, launches on 4th January 2021 and it is open to current and past film students and those with limited filmmaking experience.

Kate Townsend, Director, Original Documentaries said, “We’re really excited to open up this opportunity to ambitious documentary filmmakers in the UK. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never picked up a camera before, we want to encourage anyone with a great British story to tell, to go for it. We are on the hunt for the bravest, wittiest, most surprising stories out there and we can’t wait to see what you’ve got!”

The Documentary Talent Fund is part of Netflix’s Hardship Fund aimed at supporting creatives impacted by Covid-19 within the TV and Film industry globally.

So far, the fund has donated £2.25m in the UK to the Film and TV Charity’s Emergency Relief Fund and the Theatre Artists Fund led by Sir Sam Mendes.

Deadline for applying is 31st January 2021 and the competition is open filmmakers in the UK.

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