Documentary Development

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Documentary Development


Northern Film and Media worked in partnership with the Community Channel to give North East directors and local communities the chance to see their story made for national TV.

Over the course of five years fifteen documentaries were commissioned for production that engaged local communities and showed that there are people across the region who are setting out to make a difference, changing their lives or their communities.

The annual scheme aimed to develop North east film makers, supporting them to work on national platforms to deliver innovative content that has the potential to have a real social impact.

The Community Channel is available in 13 million digital households on Sky, Telewest, NTL and Freeview and reaches 33 million potential viewers. 

NE Docs

Northern Film & Media worked in partnership with Channel 4 and Sheffield Doc/Fest to launch a hunt for documentary filmmakers unique access to a place, person or story to turn their ideas into full length documentaries.

The NE Docs programme seeked out 12 aspiring documentary makers to put through a series of C4-hosted master classes, pitching training and mentoring before selecting six projects to produce taster tapes.

The final three filmmakers who were chosen produced full-length docs which premiered at a Northern Film & Media screening.

Aysha Rafaele, commissioning editor of documentaries for C4 said “This is an exciting opportunity for regional film-makers to connect to C4 and for C4 to connect with the next generation of grassroots talent,”

NE Docs replaced Northern Film & Media’s previous initiative capture which ran for five years. 


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