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.

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Radio and Audio Funding Award

The Radio and Audio Funding Award (RAFA) is awarded annually to an emerging audio producer based anywhere in the world to create an original radio or audio documentary in the English language.

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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.

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Latest News


Remembering Parky, 28th March 1935 – 16th August 2023

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Alan and Valerie’s friend Sir Michael ‘Parky’ Parkinson.…

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Wildfire Wins The Whickers’ 2023 DFM Bursary

We are delighted to announce the winner of our bursary in partnership with Durban FilmMart Institute (DFM), now in its second year.…

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Funding Award Winners Announced at Sheffield DocFest 2023

At the 30th edition of Sheffield DocFest, the winners of The Whickers’ Film & TV Funding Award 2023 were announced.…

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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