A new initiative to support documentary film making in the North of England has been backed by the BBC.
Led by Salford filmmaker Mike Todd, Northern Docs, has been established as a community interest company to back northern-based talent and increase the amount of output from the region.
“Despite the undoubted success stories that exist, there remain real structural challenges for documentary storytellers who seek to build a career outside London. We’re hoping that Northern Docs can help support and nurture talent and improve the documentary eco-system that exists in this part of the country,” said Todd.
With the BBC it is launching a talent development scheme, and an open call for short form ideas has gone out to for people who don’t have a directing credit from a national broadcaster.
A shortlist of 6 finalists will receive mentoring and support on their projects, with 2 applicants getting the chance to make and air their documentaries on BBC Three.
Further details can be found on the Northern Docs website.