Netflix offering over €30,000 to five people in Ireland & UK in new competition 1 week ago

Netflix offering over €30,000 to five people in Ireland & UK in new competition

If you reckon you've got the next Making A Murderer or The Tinder Swindler, then this is just for you!

2022 contained the first ever Netflix short documentary competition, in which ten winners were chosen from across Ireland and the UK, given funding to make their dream short documentary, which was then screened at a showcase with those from within the movie, TV and streaming industry in the hopes of expanding their careers.

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In 2023, this short documentary competition has returned, with Netflix offering the prize to five lucky participants.

The competition opens from today (Monday, 16 January) and will close at 1pm on Thursday, 16 February.

The official statement on the competition reads as follows:

"Calling all Documentary filmmakers! After the amazing response to the inaugural year of the Netflix Documentary Talent Fund, we are pleased to announce we will be running the fund for a second time. We will be branching out our search to include filmmaking talent in Ireland, as well as the whole of the UK. There are five funds of £30,000.00 (approx. €33,800) to make your film, so whether you applied before or this is the first you’ve heard of us, we would love to hear from you…

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"Have you always fancied yourself behind the camera? Are you a film student? Have you got a burning idea that needs to be shown to the world? Did you train in filmmaking but then life got in the way? Then this is the opportunity for you. Whether you’ve picked up a camera before or have limited experience, do not be shy. The Documentary Talent Fund is designed to guide you through every step of the way: to nurture and encourage.

"The opportunity will be open to anyone across the UK & Ireland and will give five filmmakers and their teams, the chance to make a short documentary film with a budget of £30,000.00. All teams will be under the guidance of Netflix and other filmmaking professionals, to ensure that the final films are the best they can possibly be, and in a bid to open doors to those under-represented in the industry.

"In their finished forms, each documentary must be between 8-12 minutes long and will live on Netflix UK’s social channels, with the potential for further development in the future. The brief for these fully funded short documentaries is on the theme of 'Connection.'

"The final docs will be launched in early 2024, and we will showcase them at an event attended by industry figures to help our talent expand their networks and advance their careers. Each team will own and retain their own copyright throughout the process."

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The full details on Netflix's short documentary competition can be found right here.