Deadline Jan 31 , 2019

Whickers Award: £80,000 in funding for your first documentary

  • Owner: The Whickers
  • Location: Worldwide
  • Age: 18+

Looking for funding for your first feature-length documentary film? Apply to The Whickers Film & TV Funding Award for the chance to win £80,000.

Established to build on the legacy of award-winning broadcaster Alan Whicker, The Whickers support emerging documentary filmmakers to tell original and director-led stories with honesty, professionalism and wit. Their flagship award, the Film & TV Funding Award, is currently open for applications and has available a main grant of £80,000 and a runner-up contribution of £15,000. The award is free to enter and open to documentary talent anywhere in the world. The Film & TV Funding Award is one of the most significant international grants for directors working on their first feature-length (50 minutes+) documentary film. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2019.

How to apply

 We recommend that, well in advance of the deadline, you go through the full application questions in order to prepare your answers according to the requested word limits, and gather the necessary links and information. You can expect to answer questions on the following:

  • Section 1: Title, logline, up to 300 words on how your project meets the criteria
  • Section 2: Personal and contact details, your role in the project, details of a referee who can confirm that this is your first 50+ minute documentary film
  • Section 3: Password protected link to teaser footage, publicity and deadline agreements
  • Section 4: Your treatment, up to 2000 word synopsis of your project, an estimated budget (in GBP) of various elements in production and post-production of the film, any existing funding or plans for future funding, details of your production company (or project account/fiscal sponsor), details of your executive producer, confirmation that your project complies with our majority sponsor criteria (see section 4.8 in the Funding Award Terms and Conditions)
  • Section 5: Your background in documentary making (if any), 50 words on how you learnt your filmmaking skills, 50 words on what inspires you to make documentaries, 50 words on how the funding will benefit your project, 50 words on why an audience would really love your film, if you or a member of your team will be able to attend a live pitching event in June 2019, your compliance with rules on transferring funds, your agreement with our terms and conditions.

For more information please click here to visit the Whickers website or contact Production Manager at The Whickers, Phoebe Hall at:


  • Must be the filmmaker’s first 50+ minute documentary film where they own the director or co-director credit
  • Open to filmmakers from anywhere in the world. We encourage international filmmakers to apply
  • Projects must be at the late development or early production stage at the time of applying – this is not a finishing fund
  • Must provide proof of company viability. Award money will be paid into a registered company account in instalments; award money cannot be paid to an individual
  • Up to six minutes of original taster footage is required at the time of applying
  • Must be accessible for an English-speaking audience – whether in the English language, or subtitled in English
  • Applicants must have an executive producer on board at the time of applying. Should they be shortlisted, applicants must be available to travel to the UK in mid-June 2019 to pitch their project at Sheffield Doc/Fest


Shortlisted filmmakers will be notified in April 2019, and will pitch their projects at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June 2019. Award-winners will be announced at the Doc/Fest ceremony.