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BBC searches for filmmaking talent in New Documentary Directors’ Initiative


Applications have opened for a new scheme to help aspiring filmmakers to make their first documentary for BBC Three.

The BBC’s Documentary Directors’ Initiative finds and supports new talent, giving 4 participants the chance to produce and direct their first long-form documentary.

Previous participants have produced award-winning films, including Manchester Bomb: Our Story; Abused by My Girlfriend; Why Dad Killed Mum: My Family’s Secret; and Defending Digga D.

“The BBC has an important role to play in nurturing new talent and I’m thrilled that the New Directors’ Initiative is opening its doors once again for aspiring film makers,” said Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries, History and Religion.

“We want to provide opportunities for directing talent to grow their careers and tell the stories that matter to the audience. In addition to the directors who take part in the initiative, I want to ensure we are championing talented new film makers across the BBC, such as directors Angela Byrne (Zara McDermott: Revenge Porn) Tash Gaunt (Leigh-Anne Pinnock: Race, Pop & Power) and Lyttanya Shannon who is directing Subnormal: A British Scandal for BBC Two.”

BBC Three has also announced 2 new BBC Three films from former participants in the New Documentary Directors’ Initiative.

Sudden Death: My Sister’s Silent Killer comes from new director Lindsay Konieczny, who follows 17 year old Patrick as he attempts to understand the sudden death of his 19 year old sister, Lauren.

Abused by My Sports Coach is directed by Helen Spooner follows journalist Charlie Webster as she investigates sexual abuse of young athletes.

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