The BFI has announced Doc Society, formerly BRITDOC, as the delivery partner for its £1m BFI Documentary Fund.
The Fund will offer support to documentary filmmakers from across the whole of the UK, including dedicated support for new and emerging filmmakers as part of BFI NETWORK. The fund has up to £1m of National Lottery funding a year until March 2022, Doc Society is working to open its first funds and support programmes in early 2018.
Doc Society will have a “strong focus on deepening regional and national opportunities to enable talent UK-wide to tell transformational stories that maximise the potential of the genre. It will also employ a creative approach to reaching audiences, reflecting the rapidly evolving distribution space.”
Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund, says: “Documentaries have always been a deeply integral aspect of our work, and we believe that partnering with Doc Society is an opportunity to advance UK documentary film and filmmakers. Doc Society have a zeal for the form which is energising, they have shown a clear ability to unlock alternative financing sources, as well as impressive national and international reach. We are also thrilled to be able to deliver more structured opportunities for new and emerging documentary talent through Doc Society working closely with BFI NETWORK.”
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