Deadline Feb 25 , 2018

Rising Directors Scheme 2018

  • Owner: Indie Training Fund (ITF)
  • Location: UK-wide
  • Age: 18+
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The Rising Directors Scheme gives emerging directors a chance to produce and direct their own documentary. You will have a burning idea that you’re keen to make and this programme will give you the support and confidence to produce and direct your idea in to your first three-minute short.

Training will commence from mid-March with a fast-track intensive directors’ refresher programme to ensure your technical and storytelling skills are on top form. You will learn the technical and editorial skills required for today’s multi-skilled, documentary director role.

You will be given a £5K budget and will have between March and the end of May to produce, direct, edit produce and complete your film. Throughout the production process, there will be a range of skills-based masterclasses that will be tailored to your needs as a non-scripted director. You will be allocated an executive producer mentor to provide extra support and guidance during the process.

You will not only finish the programme with your completed 3 min film showcased at Sheffield Doc/Fest, that could help launch a successful directing career, but you’ll also be supported by like-minded directors, industry talent and contacts to help further your career and troubleshoot any future work.

How to apply

If you're not already a Hiive member, please hit 'Register' in the top right corner, it's free to join and only takes a few minutes to sign up.

Once you're signed up you'll see a red box in the top right corner, hit 'Apply' and fill out the form.

Please fill out the application form on Hiive, explaining why you want to direct documentaries and why you should be chosen for this scheme.

Please provide a link to your showreel and/or examples of relevant work, along with two references from industry experts. Please attach a one page idea/treatment for the short you would like to create, also outlining how you would work with the £5k budget to achieve your idea.

*Please submit your application by midnight GMT on Sunday 25th February*


ITF will go through the applications and contact individuals whom they would like to interview.

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