Meet The Whickers’ Film & TV Funding Award Finalists 2024

We are thrilled to unveil our five finalists for the 2024 Whickers Film & TV Funding Award.

Chosen by our distinguished judging panel  of documentary commissioners, international distributors, and filmmakers, these finalists will present their projects to the panel and a live audience at The Whickers Pitch on Sunday, June 16th, during Sheffield DocFest 2024.  The winning project will be granted £100,000 towards its production, while a runner-up will receive a £20,000 development fund.

Jane Ray, Artistic Director at The Whickers, shared her thoughts on this year’s finalists:

This year we have seen the highest number and greatest range of projects in our 8-year history. It has been an immense privilege to enter worlds that, in a 1000 lifetimes, we would otherwise have never known. There have been images that will stay with me for years, illuminating stories of peril and loss, rediscovery, and wonder.

However, inevitably our excitement turns to heartbreak as our judges have to whittle the longest of long lists to just 5 finalists. It is always hell, but what a result. We are proud of our remarkable 5 finalists. They transport us from Iran to Venezuela, India, Romania, and China with stories that challenge broken systems, discover what has been lost, seek love in rare spaces, spark endless curiosity and will make you laugh, even when you really feel you shouldn’t. We are grateful to everyone who applied to The Whickers and we are excited to witness the contrasting visions of these talented emerging directors at our pitch in June. I am also grateful it’s not me who has to choose a winner.”

The 31st edition of Sheffield DocFest will take place from Wednesday, June 12th, to Monday, June 17th, 2024. Industry Passes and tickets are now available for purchase here.