Pulse Films, Britdoc launch the Genesis Fund

The grant scheme is awarded in the early development stage to "highly original concepts," with the first grant going to director Khalik Allah for his project Jamaica.
November 11, 2015

Pulse Films and non-profit Britdoc are teaming up to launch a documentary grant scheme, named the Genesis Fund.

The fund is awarded during the early stages of development to highly original concepts and doesn’t require footage. It will give out £5,000 (US$7,600) 10 times per year “to help filmmakers experiment with form and approach,” the organizations said in a statement.

The first recipient is filmmaker Khalik Allah for his upcoming film Jamaica.

Eligible directors must have a project in the very early stages of development and can be of any nationality, living anywhere and with any level of experience. Filmmakers do not need to be working with either Pulse or Britdoc and grants are not contingent on working with them upon completion. The directors also retain rights and options.

However, the two organizations hope to provide further funding and make a Pulse/Britdoc coproduction offer to select awardees to help take a film through production, completion, launch and distribution.

“The Genesis Fund reinforces both Pulse and Britdoc’s dedication to sparking creativity and supporting creators who push the boundaries of their medium,” said Pulse Films’ head of documentary, Julia Nottingham, in a statement. “We have a strong ethos of collaboration and we are excited to be able to work alongside Britdoc further, to amplify the voices of a new wave of documentary talent.”

London-based Pulse’s credits include the Nick Cave doc 20,000 Days on Earth and the LCD Soundsystem film Shut Up and Play the Hits. Meanwhile, the Britdoc foundation has funded, executive and coproduced more than 70 films including Laura PoitrasCitizenfour and Danfung Dennis’ Hell and Back Again.

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