Aiming to support underrepresented creative voices, Connecting Stories is a year-long programme for documentary filmmakers developing their first or second feature film, from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
It combines seminars exploring various aspects of the industry, including the development and the production of feature films, individual mentorship sessions, and masterclasses with international key players in the current documentary landscape. It also includes a filmmaker’s grant of £1,000 for each selected participant.
Having delivered our Stories workshops over 10 years, working with over 180 participants, from 10 countries, we have developed Connecting Stories as an opportunity to help Stories alumni and others to take their documentary practice to a new level. In the process we will establish and host a peer-network of participants and our international speakers and mentors, bringing documentary filmmakers from across the world, with diverse experience, to share and learn from each other.
Up to 12 participants will be selected to take part in various online activities (group seminars, individual mentorship, industry events) designed to help them grow their knowledge of the industry, their confidence to navigate the international scene, to work with co-producers and to put together the right material to pitch their projects and apply for funding.
We are looking for documentary filmmakers who have already directed one or two short films, which screened in festivals or had a broadcast on TV. Alumni of Stories workshops or other international labs are encouraged to apply.
Applicants are expected to be in development, production or early post-production of their first or second feature length documentary, to have already engaged with their characters and to have some early footage showing their access to the story. Connecting Stories aims to support under-represented creative voices.
For further details of the eligibility criteria and programme structure, please see our guidelines.
You can read out more about our Connecting Stories 2021 participants and their mentors here.
And if you have any questions, please get in touch with us at email@example.com
DEADLINE EXTENDED – Applications will close Tuesday 17th May 2022