Banijay UK Acceleration Bursary for Up-and-Coming Talent

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Banijay UK is proud to support emerging talent across the UK television industry and is delighted to offer a bursary to attend the 30th edition of Sheffield DocFest 14-19 June 2023 to 35 ambitious UK-based creatives looking to make their next step.

This initiative aims to remove barriers to entry, making the festival more affordable and accessible for early-career professionals who may not otherwise be able to get involved.

We welcome applications from UK-based editing, directing and production crew with no more than 5 broadcast credits, who are not in full time employment. In awarding bursaries, we will prioritise individuals who may be experiencing barriers to entry into the television industry or who are from under-represented backgrounds, including but not limited to those with a disability, those who are neurodivergent, those who are LGBTQIA+ and those from lower socio economic and/or ethnically diverse backgrounds.


Who can apply?

Applicants must have more than two, and less than 5, credits in a researcher, assistant producer, assistant editor or production coordinator role across film and TV production and should have not yet made a long form or feature length documentary.


What will you receive?

Successful applicants will receive:

  • A complimentary full festival Industry Pass to Sheffield DocFest 2023, granting access to the full festival programme of films, exhibitions, talks, panels, industry sessions and live pitches, networking events and parties
  • A contribution of £100 towards travel and accommodation (offered as a reimbursement on production of valid receipts)
  • A virtual pre-festival briefing led by a Sheffield DocFest Senior Manager, giving an overview of the festival programme and information about key new talent initiatives
  • A new talent roadmap helping you navigate the Festival schedule.

Applications for this scheme have now closed.


About Banijay

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Part of the Banijay group, Banijay UK is a collective of over 20 leading independent producers from all around the country.

Experts in their fields and united in an ambition to create incredible television for the UK and beyond. Banijay UK makes a diverse range of drama, comedy, entertainment, quiz, documentary, factual entertainment and more for all major UK broadcasters and international platforms.

Unscripted companies with the UK group include Dragonfly, Workerbee, Remarkable Factual, DSP, Initial and Shine TV.

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