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 closed.

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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

Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2024

Funding Award Winners Announced at Sheffield DocFest 2024

This year, at the 31st edition of Sheffield DocFest, The Whickers hosted both the Film & TV pitching event and…

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Announcing Our 2024 Podcast Pitch Award Judges

We are thrilled to announce our panel of judges for the 2024 Podcast Pitch Award in partnership with Sheffield DocFest.…

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Meet The Whickers’ and Sheffield DocFest Podcast Pitch Award Finalists 2024

We are thrilled to unveil our six finalists for the 2024 Podcast Pitch Award. In, what is only our second…

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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