If you are aged 18-22, based in the UK, and have a passion for documentary and the media industry, this is the programme for you. Now in it’s 10th year, past jurors have gone on to work with broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN; written for national and international film publications; made shorts and feature length documentaries for commissioners including BBC3; worked with music labels and created music videos; and programmed films and panels for other festivals.
The free programme offers five young people unprecedented access to industry insiders at the three-day hothouse in London, as well as a Full Festival Pass to attend the June festival, giving successful applicants a fast track to understanding the documentary industry and helps hone ideas of what it means to work and make documentary films. At last year’s hothouse, young jurors went to Directors UK for three days where they viewed festival docs, nominated five for the Youth Jury Award, and were advised by industry insiders.
After the hothouse, the jury re-unite in Sheffield during Doc/Fest to select a winning film from the Youth Jury selection and award it a prize. It’s the most fun you will have in a long time and will open doors to new opportunities, while meeting other like minded young people who are passionate about film.
You do not need filmmaking or media experience – just an appetite for documentary and a desire to contribute to the arts industry. Applicants must be UK based but Doc/Fest welcomes those with English as their second language.
A selection of applicants will be shortlisted for nomination to the Youth Jury. Shortlisted applicants must be available to come to Sheffield for an in-person interview during Thursday or Friday 4-5 February 2016.
Find out more / apply go to: https://sheffdocfest.com/view/youthjury