The Grierson Trust have opened applications to their 2020 Training and Mentoring Scheme, which this year will work in partnership with Netflix, to offer two 3-month placements for aspiring documentary filmmakers.  


The Grierson DocLab is offering the opportunity to 16 participants, aged 16-25, who want to break into the documentary industry. The scheme, which is supported by Netflix and the Rank Foundation, alongside a host of independent production companies, offers financial support to trainees as well as work placements supported by bursaries.


It offers various workshops and masterclasses and gives participants access to award-winning industry professionals. Previous alumni of the scheme, which has been running since 2012, have gone on to forge careers as filmmakers, editors, researchers and directors.


Jane Callaghan, Managing Director of The Grierson Trust said: "With our new partnership with Netflix and the continued support the Rank Foundation and a host of indie production companies, DocLab will be even bigger and better for 2020. With an additional 4 places to offer and extra work placements, DocLab is the definitive training opportunity for young factual filmmakers who wouldn’t normally manage to get their foot through the door. Our current mentees span the country from Hartley in Kent to Glasgow. Now we’re on the lookout for a new cohort of young people who are passionate about factual television, from nature documentaries to reality TV; short-form content to feature docs and everything in between. We are looking for individuals who have ideas about how they can contribute to the industry, and who can offer fresh perspectives that are not currently reflected on-screen or behind the scenes."


The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 20 March 2020. Further information about the process can be found at or at

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