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OSBD Documentary Film Fund

OSBD Documentry Film Fund

The OSBD documentary film fund is for emerging young filmmakers aged 18-30 and based in the UK. The purpose of the awards will be to help each awardee create or complete a short form documentary film up to 20 mins duration and offer support with professional development. Alongside the grant will be a comprehensive online mentoring programme culminating in a one-day workshop in Birmingham UK.

The fund is for individuals. 6 equal awards of £1,500 will be made.

The fund is open to anyone, and we are committed to ensuring that disability, background, and identity should not be a barrier. If you need some support in the process and have any questions, please email us at info@osbd.org.

  • A minimum of £1,000 must be spent on the film to be created / completed and up to a max of £500 can be spent on something that helps the awardee personally such as training or a piece of equipment that enhances your ability to develop in filmmaking.
  • The award does not need to be repaid but will be paid out in stages.
  • Films should be completed and submitted by August 31st, 2023.
  • The mentoring programme and 1 day workshop will run between February and July 2023. Details are in the guidelines.

Applications are now open and will close on January 20th 2023 at noon.

The 6 successful awardees will be notified by February 3rd, 2023, via email.

The OSBD FILM FUND has been made possible from a generous individual donation and further funding from Paddle.com, an international tech company interested in developing film talent. The fund is also being supported by OSBD partner Creative Alliance.

“We at Paddle.com are delighted to support the OSBD Film Fund by providing financial backing that will enable mentoring aspects of this vital fund. We are committed to our own documentary filmmaking journey and believe in supporting emerging documentary filmmakers and want them to have every opportunity for the success they deserve.” 

Andrew Davies: CMO Paddle.com

Creative Alliance’s purpose is to enable creative talent get work. It therefore makes complete sense to support the OSBD film fund as this is providing career development opportunities for young documentary film makers. We look forward to working with OSBD and supporting the successful participants.”

Noel Dunne: Director Creative Alliance

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How to apply for funding

Before you apply please read the application guidelines.

To apply for film funding, complete the step-by-step application form below. You can save and return to your application at any point.

OSBD Documentary Film Fund Application form

2023 Film Fund Applications are now closed. Follow One Small Barking Dog for news of future funding and projects.

See the 2023 Awardees

Charity Number: 1088753

Company Number: 04148140

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