An exciting new Documentary Talent Fund has been announced by Netflix. The funding hopes to support emerging future filmmakers from across the UK and will fund the production of ten short documentaries. 

The ten successful film makers and their teams will receive a film budget of between £20,000 and £40,000 each and will have complete creative freedom to tell the story they want to tell. 

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!”

Netflix have proposed the brief as: 

“Britain’s Not Boring And Here’s A Story.”

Entries will be open from 4th Jan – 31st Jan. For the first round, applicants will be required to submit a logline (one sentence); a short synopsis and creative statement about their documentary idea.  Further details on how to apply can be found at www.netflixdocfund.co.uk  

Applicants can have varying experience in the industry so even if you’ve never picked up a camera before you can still apply. The Programme is designed to nurture and encourage you, guiding you through every step of the way. All teams will be under the guidance of Netflix and other filmmaking professionals, to ensure that filmmakers and everyone involved in the production are fairly paid.

The initiative is part of Netflix’s Hardship Fund, which aims to support creatives hardest hit by COVID -19 in the TV and Film industry around the world. 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. 

You must be a UK resident to apply. Only one application will be accepted per person.