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In association with Sheffield Doc/Fest
Applications for Future Producer School 2017 are now closed.


Are you living in the UK and want to launch your career as an international documentary producer?

Do you want to make new connections and spark collaborations with documentary professionals from around the world?

Would you like a Doc/Fest delegate pass that comes with 6 months of mentoring and training?

Bungalow Town Productions, in association with Sheffield Doc/Fest and funded by Creative Skillset, present Future Producer School, a six-month training initiative in which ambitious and dedicated producers receive mentoring and training from key industry producers in the doc industry today.


Future Producer was a truly great experience - offering an invaluable insight into the world of feature documentaries, brilliant advice and a wealth of networking opportunities. Rachel Wexler, and the other speakers who helped on the course, gave generously of their time and experience to give us their inside knowledge of the industry and to help us move our own projects forward

- Bianca Barker, Future Producer School 2014


The Future Producer School was a real kick-start to my first feature film. The networking opportunities, workshops and mentoring were really excellent and I feel in a far stronger position having been part of the programme. Thank you!

- Jon Mcintosh, Future Producer School 2015


The course is a fantastic opportunity to build a network with key people in the industry, such as funders, producers and directors.

- Rosie Tate, Future Producer School 2015



Returning for its third year, the Future Producer School programme aims to:

- Give producers the training they need to take their careers to the international documentary industry


- Prepare producers to work internationally with directors, funders, distributors and festivals


- Prepare producers to access and capitalise on international festivals and markets


- Build alliances and spark collaborations between documentary professionals across the world


- Increase the number of highly trained producers in the documentary industry and create a self sustaining peer-to-peer network of ‘Future Producers’


The Future Producer School programme is comprised of three distinct stages:


STAGE 1 // The programme begins with a three-day residential workshop in Norwich where you are trained by executive producers, experts and mentors from all over the world.


STAGE 2 // March to June the participants will be provided with bespoke one-to-one mentoring with industry experts.


STAGE 3 // The producers then take their learning to one of the world's leading documentary marketplaces - Sheffield Doc/Fest - and are given access to Decision Makers in a specifically designed matchmade one-to-one meetings session.




- You should want to develop feature documentaries with the ultimate goal of multi-platform releases in several international markets.


- You will have some professional experience behind you - this programme is not an entry-level talent programme.


- You should be working and living in the UK


- You will have some experience of reaching audiences already (whether online, on TV, at festivals, on DVD or elsewhere) and will be aspiring to make the step up to making a feature and reaching broader audiences.


- You should be motivated to join a network of committed and mutually supportive filmmaking peers.


- We are looking for producers from across the UK and welcome applications from any gender and ethnicity.


- You should be working on or have an idea for a feature documentary project that you would like to develop through the course.




Applications for Future Producer School 2017 are now closed.


If you are selected for Future Producer School, you will be required to pay a fee of £550+VAT for the full programme, this includes a complimentarypass for Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016 with access to all film screenings, marketplace sessions, the industry conference programme, the Videotheque, networking receptions and parties. *Note. If you have already purchased a pass to the festival we will be unable to refund this. The pass is a complimentary bonus and the price outlined is the course fee, which is itself highly subsidised. The opportunity to pay in instalments is available. If you need to discuss your financial needs please email Becky Sliwa Webb


What does the course fee cover?


For the March Residential, accommodation and lunch is included in the fee however, travel to the venue is not included. Participants will be required to cover their own travel and accommodation for festival attendance.




Future Producer School is a three-stage programme running between March and August 2016.



Wednesday 2nd - Friday 4th March // Residential Workshop // Norwich

The programme begins with a three-day residential workshop where you will hear from a range of leading documentary experts from across the world on all aspects of the producing process, in a number of presentations and and workshops aimed at develop your ideas and you as a prodcuer. The residential creates a very special and intimate setting to start learning about how you can develope your career, to create new connections with these experts as well as your fellow future producers.


March - June // Mentoring

All participants will have individual mentoring sessions by the course leaders up to June. The mentoring will involve a combination of market intelligence, information on access to funders, and creative development of specific projects.


Mentoring will be project- and individual-specific. Individual mentoring means that real personal nurturing can take place, led by mentors who are experts in the real details of the production landscape, new funding sources and distribution.


Mentoring will deliver individual strategies rather than a one-size-fits-all workshop programme. Due to the commitment the course mentors have for nurturing documentary talent, once in the Doc/Fest system we will then continue beyond the period of the mentoring to support and promote the work of the participants.



10th - 15th June // Marketplace Sessions // Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016

Participants will attend Sheffield Doc/Fest's Marketplace with a "Golden Ticket" opportunity to take part in matchmade one-to-one meetings with feature funders, national film institutes, distributors, mentors, VOD providers, and other key international documentary representatives (meetings to be brokered by Doc/Fest).



If you have any queries about the Future Producer School programme please email Becky Sliwa Webb




This scheme is supported by the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the National

Lottery via the BFI, and through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF).





Sheffield Doc/Fest brings the international documentary family together to celebrate the art and business of documentary making for six intense days in June. Doc/Fest 2016 will run June 10-15 2016. The full programme of films, sessions, market opportunities and events will be launched in spring 2016.