New Partnership

New Partnership with Open City Documentary Festival Announced

Celebrating a World of Stories in Sound!

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Open City Documentary Festival for our Radio and Audio Funding Award (RAFA) and Documentary Audio Recognition Award (DARA), with the winning entries being announced at the annual celebration for documentary filmmakers in September 2018. To coincide with this, we will be extending our RAFA and DARA application deadlines until Tuesday 1 May.

The RAFA finalists will pitch their ideas in front of a live audience on Friday 8th September as part of Open City Documentary Festival’s ‘Audio Docs Day’, to be held in conjunction with In the Dark. This new initiative will feature an entire day of documentaries in sound; as well as audio-related workshops and speakers. The winners of the RAFA and the DARA will be announced as part of the festival’s award ceremony on Saturday 9th September.

This exciting new partnership was announced by Whicker’s Artistic Director, Jane Ray, and Michael Stewart, Open City Festival Director, at a unique listening event in London’s Fitzrovia Chapel to showcase the winners of the 2017 RAFA Awards: Sounds Inside by Tom Glasser and A New Normal: Sidra’s Diary by Jodie Taylor.

Jane Ray said of the partnership: “We’re delighted to be able to extend our relationship with Open City Docs. Last year the festival hosted the premier of We Were Kings, our winning film entry, which has led to a deeper partnership this year. The festival is the perfect platform for Whicker’s World Foundation to showcase and celebrate the amazing world of stories in sound and I am sure that together the foundation and the festival will encourage more and more innovative documentary making across radio, film and television.”

Open City’s Founder and Festival Director Michael Stewart added: “Open City Documentary Festival is honoured to be collaborating with Whicker’s World Foundation to host the Radio and Audio Funding Award and the Documentary Audio Recognition Award. Over the past few years we have been championing the unique power of audio factual storytelling and this new partnership offers a great opportunity to renew our support for all those brilliant storytellers who find new ways to bring the world to life through sound.”

For full details of our awards criteria, and to apply, click here.


About Open City Docs:
Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space in London to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and nonfiction filmmakers. The festival takes place over six days in venues across London and the programme offers a chance to see the best in contemporary, international documentary as well as filmmaker Q&As, industry panels, workshops, networking and parties. The eighth edition of the festival will take place between 4th – 9th September 2018.