Docs projects, Institutions, INTERVIEWS, NEWS — 10/15/2010 2:00 AM

Britdoc : “we want to meet new Asian filmmakers for our new fund”

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Jess Search is the CEO of Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation. Despite its name, the Foundation is also open to Asian docmakers through its new Fund.

channel-4-britdoc-foundation-logo3What is the story and the role of Britdoc Foundation ?

The Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation was founded 6 years ago in order to find new ways to create, fund and distribute great documentaries alongside TV.

What is your relation with Channel 4 ?

I am an ex-C4 commissioning editor.  They are our founding sponsor, provide us with our core funding and show the films we fund once they have are ready for TV.

Is your Foundation supporting only British producers ? is it open to European and / or Asian producers ?

Until this year our funds were for British directors (not producers, it is the director we meet and fund) living anywhere or directors from anywhere living in Britain.

pumacreativelogoBut now we have a new development fund from PUMA called the PUMA.Creative Catalyst Fund which will make 40 awards of €5,000 each a year.  This development funding of €5,000 is open to global filmmakers and we really want to meet new Asian filmmakers and projects for this fund. It’s open now and the next deadline is December 1st.  You can apply online

There are 4 funding rounds a year.

How do you see Asian doc industry ? How do you want to be involved in emerging doc countries such as China or India ?

Asia is a new and exciting place for us to start working.  Looking forward to connecting and discovering.

Have you supported projects which were about or in Asia ?

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We have already funded :

. British filmmakers based in Shanghai for a film called “Farwell Song”
. Chinese director Xialou Guo with a film called “How Is Your Fish Today” which played at Sundance and
. and “Moving to Mars”, which follows the story of Burmese refugees from Thailand to Sheffield

We have another film in production in Bangladesh

Have you coproduced doc with Asian countries ?

Yes, we have worked with NHK in the past.

Facts and figures about Britdoc

Year of creation : 2005
Nber of production : 60

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Contacts for Europe :  apply online
Contacts for Asia : apply online

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