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BBC and BFI ask emerging filmmakers to capture modern Britain’s diversity

Listen to BritainBBC Four is partnering with BFI NET.WORK to offer the next generation of filmmakers an opportunity to capture the diversity of modern Britain.

Not only will successful entries be awarded production backing, but all works created will have the chance to be broadcast on the BBC and screened at BFI Southbank.

The project is an ode to Listen To Britain, Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister’s collage of British life which was produced 75 years ago this year.  Listen To Britain was aimed at boosting morale during WWII. Directed and edited by Jennings and McAllister, the short film pioneered a new form of documentary filmmaking, engaging audiences in a new way.

Listen To Britain 2017 will again look to observe life in the UK, seeking a variety of interpretations inspired by the original film and created by emerging filmmakers.

Open exclusively to new talent, Listen To Britain 2017 will commission up to 12 documentary pieces, all of which will be considered for broadcast on BBC Four and a special screening at BFI Southbank.

Entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts from the BBC, the BFI and award-winning Wingspan Productions. Production awards of up to £5,000 will be issued to fund, or part-fund, the successful submissions.

For further details on Listen To Britain 2017 and to enter, please visit BFI NET.WORK.

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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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