May 01 , 2020

Workshop: How to find ideas for documentaries

  • When: 1st May 2020, 17:00-18:00
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 18+

Where do you find ideas for documentaries? What makes an idea more likely to be commissioned by a channel? And is there an art to developing ideas? This session is aimed at those who want an insight into the basics of developing documentary ideas and then making those documentaries for TV.


Matt Rudge is an award-winning documentary maker and director. Previous to being a director, Matt worked in development at various indies for many years. He has worked for broadcasters such as BBC, Channel 4, and Netflix. His projects have been shortlisted and nominated for some of the biggest awards in documentary making – including BAFTAs, The Grierson’s and RTS Awards. As well as now being a freelance director, Matt continues to use the skills he learned early in his career, to independently develop ideas for documentaries, to take to channels and independent companies, to get them commissioned for TV.

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email.