Doc Society, a UK-based non-profit dedicated to increasing public awareness for the doc genre, will become the delivery partner for the BFI Documentary Fund.
As part of a five-year strategy, the fund is meant to support doc filmmakers from across the UK, included a dedicated focus on new and emerging filmmakers.
The Doc Society will award up to £1m (US $1.3m) of National Lottery funding a year until March 2022, beginning in early 2018.
“Documentaries have always been a deeply integral aspect of our work, and we believe that partnering with Doc Society is an opportunity to advance UK documentary film and filmmakers,” said Ben Roberts, director of the BFI Film Fund, in a statement. “Doc Society have a zeal for the form which is energizing, they have shown a clear ability to unlock alternative financing sources, as well as impressive national and international reach. We are also thrilled to be able to deliver more structured opportunities for new and emerging documentary talent through Doc Society working closely with BFI Network.”
Over the past 12 years, Doc Society has supported over 270 feature docs, including Citizenfour, Whose Streets, Virguna and We Are Together.
The partnership will also have Doc Society collaborate with BFI Network to offer dedicated non-fiction talent development.
“We are thrilled with this partnership with the BFI and the opportunity it gives us to enable brilliant British documentary films to shine on an international stage,” said Sandra Whipham (pictured), Doc Society director. “What excites us most is that it will also give us the means to spot, develop and nurture new British documentary talent in a strategic and meaningful way.”