BBC4 and the British Film Institute Network have joined together to commission 12 short documentaries on modern Britain in celebration of Listen to Britain’s 75 anniversary.
Like the original, released in 1942, Listen To Britain 2017 is intended to observe life in the United Kingdom, and seek unique interpretations inspired by the original film and created by emerging filmmakers.
Open exclusively to new filmmakers, participants in the 2017 project will have the opportunity to select the style, content and tone of their films. Each feature must range from two to 10 minutes in duration and capture the diversity of modern Britain. Successful submissions will be issued, funded or partly funded up to £5,000, and will be considered for broadcast on BBC4 and screening at BFI Southbank.
The entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts from the BBC, BFI and London-based Wingspan Productions.
Listen to Britain was a short-film released in 1942 with the goal of boosting morale during WWII and garnering global support for the U.K. Directed and edited by Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister, Listen To Britain is described as a “poetic collage” of British life at the time, and widely regarded as pioneering a new form of documentary film-making by engaging audiences in a way never been done before.
“We are incredibly proud to be fostering new and innovative documentary talent on BBC Four with our partners at BFI and Wingspan Productions. I see BBC4 as a place to support new film-making that reflects the diverse country we live in. Listen To Britain 2017 perfectly fits this ethos and we are excited to see the dynamic films that result from this project,” Cassian Harrison, channel editor BBC4 said in a statement.