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Sheffield Doc/Fest offers new mentoring scheme to regional documentary filmmakers

Fast Track To FeaturesHere at DocGeeks we often focus on the documentary scene within the capital, the simple reason being that we’re only small and can’t cover everything. This time, however, we’re doing it the other way around: this post will only be of interest of you if you’re a documentary filmmaker from outside London.

Don’t worry, we’re not out to get you Londoners, the reason is that Sheffield Doc/Fest and Creative England, in partnership with Creative Skillset, are presenting a new opportunity aimed exclusively at regional and diverse documentary talent based in the English regions outside London. The title of the scheme is promising; Fast Track to Features.

Fast Track to Features is a combination of workshops, mentoring and networking events focusing on preparing feature documentary-makers to attract the interest of funders, distributors and festivals and how to access markets, including Sheffield Doc/Fest, and get the most out of them.

Within the scheme, filmmakers from outside the film hotbed that is London will build alliances between documentary professionals in different regions where networking amongst the documentary community has historically been poor.

So are you a regional based documentary filmmaker (so no Londoners!) working on a project which has theatrical potential, and are you looking to take the step up to making a feature and reach broader audiences than you have before? In that case Sheffield Doc/Fest and Creative England are looking for you!

To apply and more info, simply visit the Sheffield Doc/Fest website by clicking here. The deadline for applying is 18 January 2013.

Good luck!!


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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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