filming Powerless, downtown Vancouver

The Grierson Trust DocLab is an all paid for training scheme for young people aged 18-25 who are interested in working in documentaries and/or factual programme making. It seeks to support new voices not currently represented on our screens, and to provide new entrants with the financial support to enable them to pursue a career in this sector.

Production companies that are supporting the scheme include: Century Films (Mumbai High: The Musical); Lightbox (Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man), The Garden (24 Hours in AE) and Minnow Films (SAS: Who Dares Wins).

Successful applicants will access:

A 4 day residential training lab in Birmingham
Attending the Sheffield Doc Festival
A Shoot/Edit training weekend
2 week paid placement with a production company
An industry mentor
Receive ongoing bespoke support to help with next steps
All costs (travel, expenses, attending selection day, etc.) will be paid for by The Grierson Trust, wherever you are based in the UK

The Grierson Trust are interested in applications from a range of backgrounds – we are not solely seeking individuals who have studied film and media. Last year we had trainees from different parts of the UK, who had studied physics, English, history and geography amongst other subjects. In other years, we have had non-graduates and unemployed young people on the programme.

The closing date for applications is 5pm Tues 29 March.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to Birmingham for the selection day on Thurs 21 April; and those who are successful are then invited back to Birmingham in May for the residential.

Information with all details, including the application form can be found here: or see Twitter #GriersonDocLab

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