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BBC Three Northern Docs – Shorts Scheme Winners

Northern Docs are pleased to announce the two winning filmmakers for the BBC Three Shorts Scheme.

The selection followed an in-depth talent development process in which two female filmmakers caught the commissioners’ attention: Hannah Blackwell based in Manchester and Danielle Giddins from Newcastle.

Hannah’s film explores why an increasing number of young women are joining the Northern car cruising scene, despite a recent tragic fatality. While, Danielle’s film follows a young man with a passion for prize-winning poultry.

The films each receive a cash budget of up to 10K from the BBC, with additional post-production support being offered by post-production house, dock10, in Salford’s MediaCityUK.

Northern Docs and the BBC Three scheme is also backed by the University of Bolton, who provide a home for the project and offers administrative and organisational support.

Mike Todd, founder of Northern Docs:

“Having an opportunity to support Northern filmmakers in their journey to produce a first commission for a national broadcaster is incredible. We’re really excited to work with Hannah and Danielle over the next few months. Everyone has been inspired by their professionalism, creativity and commitment.”

He added:

“We want to thank everyone who put forward their best efforts. It was a tough decision and the process helped illustrate the depth of talent that exists in the North.”

The final films were selected by commissioners from BBC Three and Factual Commissioning.

BBC’s Commissioning Editor for Documentaries, Emily Smith, said:

“The portrayal of regional voices both on and off screen is very important to the BBC and, as Factual Commissioning lead for the North, I am passionate about working with initiatives such as Northern Docs to spot and develop film-making talent in the region.”

Nasfim Haque Commissioning Editor, Short form for BBC Three said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity to hear stories from unheard young female voices from the north of England.  This is exactly what BBC Three is about – developing new talent both on and off screen. I am excited to get the final films published on our platforms and hope we can work with the new directors again in the future!”

Northern Docs was established to nurture new voices and improve the documentary ecosystem across the North of England. As well as working with the BBC, Northern Docs is also supported by the Channel 4 Nations and Regions team.

The talent scheme aims to provide real hands-on insight, extensive support and mentoring.

A day long workshop was facilitated by Northern Film and Media at the Baltic Centre in November 2018, in which six shortlisted filmmakers had the opportunity to pitch and receive one-to-one feedback on their story ideas from the Northern Docs panel and BBC Commissioning Editors, Nasfim Haque and Emily Smith.

In addition to individual breakout sessions touching on compliance, commissioning and budgeting, Andy Jones, Executive Producer of ScreenStation and Northern Docs Advisory Board member, led a session on story craft. He continues to support the development process.