Pitch a Short Documentary to the Guardian

Posted: 24th June 2015

The Guardian needs no introduction. As the world’s most visited English language serious news site, the publication is known for their progressive approach to media in the digital age. They recently started a new online documentary series regularly publishing short documentaries for their 120m unique monthly browsers.

Guardian documentaries aim to unearth compelling, unexpected stories that will engage an online audience. Commissioning editors look for of-the-moment stories that will hook audiences and maintain their attention with well-paced storytelling.

The Brief

The documentary should be between 3-15 minutes in length. The Guardian are open to most themes, but will be specifically on the look out for ideas that will work well within an online context. They want to pull in audiences hungry for brilliant stories that will tell them something new and keep them entertained.  

Filmmakers should consider what triggers them (and their friends) to click through on social media, what pulls them in and why. They don't want documentaries that are going to be too niche and only speak to a small audience. They want documentaries that have a strong siren call for a youthful audience hungry for a fresh perspective or unexpected discovery and above all an entertaining story.

Take a look at documentaries The Guardian have commissioned in the past here 

Pitch Deadline: Friday 3rd July (midnight)

Delivery Deadline: Thursday 1st, October 

Budget: Up to £4,800 (Please provide budget breakdown with your pitch)

For more information and how to apply, please see The Smalls website 




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