Film and TV Funding Award

The Film & TV Funding Award is awarded annually to an emerging filmmaker from anywhere in the world with the most promising pitch for a director-led documentary. The main award is £100,000 with a runner up development grant worth £20,000.

Applications for 2024 are now closed.

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The Podcast Pitch

The Podcast Pitch is a joint initiative with Sheffield DocFest. After a successful pilot at DocFest in June 2023 the competition moves to its second year. The Whickers are giving a £5,000 production award to the winner and £2,000 to a runner up.

Applications for 2024 are now open.

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Bursary Schemes

We have teamed up with four established documentary development forums in parts of the world where funding is limited due to economic or socio-political reasons. Through them we are awarding a £3,000 bursary each year.

See our partners’ websites for application deadlines.

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Latest News

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Announcing The Whickers’ 2023 Conecta Bursary Winner

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s recipient of our £3,000 bursary award for emerging talent in Latin America is director Pedro Nishi for his…


Cost of Docs 2023 Published

We have just published, in partnership with Sheffield DocFest and International Documentary Association (IDA), our sixth annual Cost of Docs…

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Remembering Dick Fontaine: “Death of A Revolutionary”

We were very sad to hear of the death of legendary filmmaker and inspired tutor Dick Fontaine on 28th October. “Death…

Who We Are

The Whickers were established in 2015 to fund and recognise original and innovative documentary. We seek to use the generous legacy of our namesake, pioneering broadcaster Alan Whicker, to support emerging film and audio documentary-makers in the funding and production of director led programmes.

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Previous Winners

See below for the previous winners of our awards.

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