Announcing Our Film & TV Funding Award Shortlist 2021

We are delighted to announce our Film & TV Funding Award 2021 shortlisted projects!

This year we were overwhelmed by the volume of high quality applications from around the world and took as much time and care as we could to measure each one against our published criteria. After much deliberation, we are pleased to announce the 14 extraordinary projects that have made it onto our 2021 shortlist (in alphabetical order):

Angel’s Garden / Flavia Cappellini / Italy – Belgium
Blind, Deaf, Mute / Esther Anino / Honduras
Breaking the News / Chiara Zambrano / Philippines
Concrete Land / Asmahan Bkerat / Jordan
Devi / Subina Shrestha / Nepal
Finding Aisha / Myriam Francois / UK – France – Middle East
Is There Anybody Out There? / Ella Glendining / UK
Kamay / Ilyas Yourish & Shahrokh Bikaran / Afghanistan
Made in Ethiopia / Xinyan Yu & Max Duncan / UK – US – China – Ethiopia
Nice Ladies / Mariia Ponomarova / Ukraine – Netherlands
Ogogo / Lawrence Axe / UK
Red Herring / Kit Vincent / UK
Children of Vissarion / Ilona Vinogradova / UK – Siberia
The Tongue of Water / Polen Ly / Cambodia

The shortlist will now be reviewed by our panel of esteemed judges, each a top industry representative in their own right, including the likes of Mandy Chang (BBC Storyville) and Oli Harbottle (Dogwoof). In early April, after what will be an even fiercer deliberation, we will announce the five finalists who will pitch at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2021 for the chance to win our top £80,000 prize.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of our applicants this year, our most oversubscribed and competitive year to date. We were blown away by the talent, range and diversity on show and feel incredibly privileged to have been invited into so many new and unseen worlds. Thank you and good luck!