June 5th, 2018
The Rising Directors Scheme is an ambitious new training programme, for diverse, emerging TV directors, with a burning idea for their own documentary short. The scheme is run by ITF, supported by BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 via the TV Skills Fund (TVSF), managed by Creative Skillset. The overarching goal is to identify and develop rising, non-scripted TV directors.
Each director was given a budget of £5,000 to make their own short, with support and ongoing mentoring from renowned documentary Executive Producers from TV and film, as well as an intensive directors’ training programme and bespoke industry-led masterclasses.
The scheme culminates at Sheffield Doc/Fest with the premiere of each three minute film, at the Rising Directors Showcase. Each of the directors will introduce their film before its premiere and a Q&A will follow. The Showcase will be chaired by triple BAFTA award-winning and double RTS award winning filmmaker and producer Andy Glynne.
The Showcase is a must-see event for commissioners, execs, series producers, producers, talent managers and anyone on the look out for exciting, emerging, unscripted directors.
Rising Directors’ films:
Alice Rowsome’s Would we care then? tells the story of a 19-year old stuck in debt-bondage in a city in the northwest of England. Candidly, he tells us why he’s forced to flip burgers in a local takeaway shop for £1 per hour, 72 hours a week.
Exec Mentor – Liz Collier.
Andrew Pugh’s Judge, Jury and Executioner is the story of a father and son whose lives have been devastated by paramilitary violence. Trapped in their ‘cursed’ home, struggling to make sense of the violence, the men are desperate for a new beginning.
Exec Mentor – Lucy Baxter.
Ashley Francis-Roy’s doc explores the impact of a devastating accident on a young Army soldier. David’s loved ones didn’t ever expect him to wake up from his coma. As he rebuilds his life and identity he discovers these relationships won’t ever be the same again.
Exec Mentor – Ninder Billing.
Ellen Evans’ doc is set in Bradford, Yorkshire – where Kath and her mother Margaret harbour a rather unusual obsession.
Exec Mentor – Brian Hill.
Emily Turner’s doc tells the story of a 16 year old with an unusual dream. A dream that would make his mum and his adopted country proud.
Exec Mentor – Kari Lia.
Hannah Keep’s doc is about 27 year old Lucy whose parents are going on holiday. She’s left at home alone; a daunting and unnerving prospect for her.
Exec Mentor – Jane Merkin.
Rosie Baldwin’s Letters to Britain witnesses a group of pensioners, having lived through pivotal moments in British history, as they write letters to the younger generation of Britons today.
Exec Mentor – Andy Glynne.
The Rising Directors Scheme Showcase will be at 10am on Monday 11th June, at Screen 2, Curzon Cinema, 16 George Street, Sheffield, S1 2PF.
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or if you would be interested in attending.
Andy Glynne is a triple BAFTA Award-winning and a double RTS award winning filmmaker, producer and author. He created the Documentary Filmmakers group and now runs Mosaic Films, a multi-award winning production company. He’s the author of the book Documentaries and How to Make Them and is also the chairman of the European Documentary Network. He’s a trainer on many documentary and production courses both in the UK and overseas, and a consultant to numerous organisations and broadcasters around the world.
Brian Hill is BAFTA, RTS and Flaherty award winning and has been responsible for some of the most excitingly inventive documentary making for television and cinema. For the last 25 years, his production company, Century Films, has been known for making the most innovative and pioneering films, including: BAFTA-winning documentary musical: Feltham Sings, Grierson-winning, hybrid drama documentary: Consent and popular, critically acclaimed series: The Secret History of our Streets.
Jane Merkin has been a series and Executive Producer for almost 20 years, working on a range of documentary and current affairs programmes for British television which have won awards including BAFTAs, RTS, Broadcast and an International Emmy. Subjects have included homelessness (On The Streets BBC4 2010), migration and refugees (Exodus: Our Journey to Europe BBC2 2016) and mental health (My Baby, Psychosis and Me BBC1 2016). She has most recently been Executive Producer on Dangerous Borders: A Journey Across India and Pakistan for BBC2 and a forthcoming series for Channel 4, Carry On Brussels: Inside the EU.
Kari Lia is an Executive Producer who works across production and development at Keo Films. Before joining Keo, Kari helped build the hugely successful indie Plum Pictures where she was responsible for much of the company’s most critically acclaimed output. Kari’s credits include some of the highest rating documentaries of the last few years including: Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (BBC One), Rachel Nickell: The Untold Story (ITV), Too Big For Love (BBC Three), Rookies (ITV), Billionaire’s Paradise: Inside Necker Island (BBC Two), Hugh Laurie: Copper Bottom Blues (ITV) and 638 Ways to Kill Castro (Channel 4).
Liz Collier is an executive producer working at The Garden Productions. Her credits include BAFTA-nominated series 24 Hours in Police Custody (C4) & Keeping Britain Alive: A Day in the life of the NHS (BBC2), as well as Delhi Cops (C4) Cutting Edge (C4), Crucifixion (C4), Darcey Bussell Dances Hollywood (BBC2) and Police Tapes (ITV).
Lucy Baxter is an Executive Producer based in Belfast. She’s worked across shorts, features, drama series and documentaries for TV & cinema release. She’s currently a lecturer in film practice at Queens University, a member of the Centre for Documentary Research and is on the Sheffield Doc/Fest Advisory Board. She founded and ran production company Mandrake Film, has since co-founded Darkley Films and campaigning organisation Mental Abuse Matters. Lucy published her first book, “Running a Creative Company in The Digital Age”, in 2017. Her work as producer has won BAFTA and RTS awards, been runner up for the Japan Prize and nominated for the Learning Onscreen awards.
Ninder Billing is currently a senior Executive Producer at The Garden Productions. She is also a highly experienced commissioning editor, with a track record of making popular documentaries, factual, and current affairs for ITV, the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Most recently, she launched a new ITV documentary format series Police Tapes. Her series and documentaries have won a BAFTA, a Peabody Award and have been shortlisted for the RTS.
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