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Netflix names 10 UK Documentary Talent Fund recipients

The 10 aspiring filmmaking teams from the United Kingdom who will receive funding through Netflix’s inaugural Documentary Talent Fund have been named by the streaming service. On Thursday (May 27), Netflix ...
May 27, 2021

The 10 aspiring filmmaking teams from the United Kingdom who will receive funding through Netflix’s inaugural Documentary Talent Fund have been named by the streaming service.

On Thursday (May 27), Netflix announced the cohort who will each receive up to £40,000 (US$56,757) in financing to create their own documentary short film between eight and 12 minutes long. Each short must, in some way, respond to the prompt “Britain’s not boring and here’s a story.”

The 10 filmmaking teams were chosen from a shortlist of 21 who were invited to pitch to Netflix on May 21. The fund’s recipients were chosen based on how they responded to the prompt, and for their creativity and vision, Netflix said.

The topics covered in the short films include LGBTQ students in England’s West Country, conversations about Black masculinity and stereotypes, a non-binary Japanese-Irish drag artist in the UK’s cabaret scene, detectives searching for missing pets, a woman with cerebral palsy training for the Paralympics, women entrepreneurs in the London market and Nigerian party culture.

“We were so impressed with the richness of applications received and the originality demonstrated across the board, and want to extend our congratulations to this year’s deserved winning teams,” said Kate Townsend (pictured), director of original documentaries at Netflix, in a statement.

“It’s such an exciting glimpse into the future talent of UK documentarians and we look forward to collaborating together to empower each team to fulfill the potential of documentary filmmaking.”

The judging panel selecting the fund’s 10 recipients included director Kirsten Johnson; the head of film at Doc Society, Shanida Scotland; producer Joanna Natasegara; founder of Little by Little Films, Lindsey Dryden; cultural strategist Akua Agyemfra; and Jonny Taylor and Townsend from Netflix.

The winners come from a variety of places across the UK, including London, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Gloucestershire, Northern Ireland and Scotland. A mentorship program with Netflix and WDW Entertainment will support the filmmakers through the process of making their documentary shorts. They’ll also each receive COVID-19 guidance to ensure a safe approach to production.

The final films will be delivered in January and later showcased at a screening event and then live on Netflix UK’s social channels with the potential for further development in the future, with each team owning and retaining their own copyright.

Here are the full list of recipients and the projects they will work on:

Ngaio Anyia & Aodh Breathnach
Tegan

Dhivya Kate Chetty
Bee Whisperer

Daisy Ifama
Twinkleberry

Beya Kabelu
The Detective & the Thief

Tobi Kyeremateng & Tania Nwachukwu
ÓWÀMBÈ

Jakob Lancaster & Sorcha Bacon
Seal in the City

Sean Mullan & Michael Barwise
HYFIN

Jason Osborne & Precious Mahaga
Love Languages

Shiva Raichandani & Shane ShayShay Konno
Peach Paradise

Tavie Tiffany Agama
Women of the Market

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is the Associate Editor at Realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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