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Pulse Films and BritDoc Launch the Genesis Film Fund

Pulse Films and BritDoc Launch the Genesis Film Fund

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Pulse Films and BritDoc have announced they have launched The Genesis Film Fund in order to help put original documentary films on the map. The fund will give out up to ten £5,000 awards per year to help filmmakers experiment with form and approach, and Pulse Films and BritDoc don’t even require seeing any footage. The first director to benefit from the £5,000 boost is Khalik Allah for his upcoming project “Jamaica.

“Receiving the Genesis Fund marks a huge milestone in my emerging career as a filmmaker,” said Allah. “Above all else, it lets me know that BritDoc and Pulse are very serious about supporting directors who are not afraid to take risks.”

The formal requirements for applying are:

– Filmmakers don’t need to be already working with Pulse Films or BritDoc, and they won’t be tied into working with them afterwards. Filmmakers will retain all their rights and options. For select awardees, the two organizations hope to provide further funding and make a Pulse/BritDoc co-production offer that would take a film through production, completion, launch and distribution.

– Projects will need to be at a very early stage to be considered. Eligibility is open to directors of any nationality, living anywhere, with any level of experience. Applications are now open until February 29, 2016. The first round of up to 9 further grants will be made in early 2016. 

For more information about the fund and to apply click here.

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