Radio & Audio Funding Award Finalists 2019

We are delighted to announce this year’s finalists for The Whickers Radio & Audio Funding Award – all in with the chance of winning £7,000 to produce their audio documentary. Click on the images below for further details on the five outstanding projects that have been selected, and make sure to see the finalists in action at The Whickers RAFA Pitch from 4.00-5.30pm on Thursday 5th September at the Regent Street Cinema in central London as part of the Open City Documentary Festival.

A Perfect Match | Ibby Caputo

BLIND.ED | Ade Bamgbala

Building the Wall | Becca Bryers

Hummingbird Stories | Navin Sam Regi

I am the River, the River is Me | Rikke Houd

Building the Wall | Becca Bryers

Building the Wall follows sports chaplain Richard Gamble, who believes God has told him to build a national monument dedicated to Christian prayer, as he pushes himself to the limit – mentally, financially and spiritually – to make it a reality.

Producer: Becca Bryers has spent most of her career producing live radio for BBC Local Radio and now makes the award-winning podcast, Multi Story.

Judge Nina Garthwaite said: “A story of (literally) biblical proportions with a very compelling character who promises to give us an insight not just into the process of his external project, but also into his inner world.”

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I am the River, the River is Me | Rikke Houd

In this documentary, you meet a being that happens to be a river. You meet people who hurt when the river hurts and people who hurt it.

Producer: Rikke Houd is an award winning Danish independent working internationally in the field of crafted audio storytelling and documentary art. 

Judge Steve Titherington said: “This was a proposal rich in resonance, sound and relevance as the world wakes up to the links between humans and nature.

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A Perfect Match | Ibby Caputo

A Perfect Match is the story about who is more likely to live and who is more likely to die after being diagnosed with blood cancer. It’s a personal story about bone marrow transplantation that illuminates a much larger story about racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare around the world.

Producer: Ibby Caputo is an award-winning journalist based in the U.S. and the Senior Editor of the podcast Overheard at National Geographic.

Judge Steven Rajam said: “An important and often overlooked contemporary story told with real humour and verve…with a terrific relationship at its heart.

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BLIND.ED | Ade Bamgbala

BLIND.ED (Blind Education) is an innovative documentary for ‘third culture kids’. We follow Ade, a 30-year-old British-Nigerian man, attempting to make a working sense of his identity by travelling to Nigeria to visit his father, look him dead in his eyes and ask the question ‘where have you been?’

Producer: Ade Bamgbala is a freelance digital marketing coach and the founder of Blacticulate, a platform that shares black stories and positive actions via podcasts and workshops. He produced and hosted award-nominated podcast Blacticulate, Stories that Stick and an ongoing advice series called Gradual podcast for the University of Arts London.

Judge Nina Garthwaite said: “The audio teaser was full of life and creative production ideas which supported the maker’s willingness to make himself vulnerable and explore a story that has the potential to resonate with audiences on multiple levels.”

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Hummingbird Stories | Navin Sam Regi

Set in one of Australia’s three children’s hospices, this is a story of grief and loss.

Producer: Navin Sam Regi is a journalist and educator interested in marrying documentary photography with narrative audio, living in Brisbane, Australia.

Judge Steven Rajam said: “A distinctive treatment of profoundly sad subject matter that avoids mawkishness and offers real, rounded voices the space to tell their story.

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