The Grierson Trust announces the successful young filmmakers joining its DocLab 2017 scheme

Eleven aspiring young filmmakers have the opportunity to turn their passion for documentaries into reality as the Grierson Trust announces the next generation of UK filmmakers joining DocLab 2017.

The Grierson Trust’s DocLab Training and Mentoring Scheme, in partnership with Bertha DocHouse, prepares new entrants to the industry with the skills to make them ‘job ready’.

DocLab also offers financial support for trainees, paid work placements and a dynamic programme of workshops, masterclasses and mentoring, giving the 18 – 25 year olds an important opportunity to gain their first foothold in the documentary industry.

The winning applicants selected for DocLab 2017 are:

  • Damali Lawrence, 22, is a University of Huddersfield Broadcast Journalism graduate, inspired to pursue a career in the media after her experience of being a London 2012 Young Presenter.
  • Moyin Saka, 22, is a final year English Language and Linguistics student at Kings College London. Moyin is currently creating an audio documentary piece to convey the experiences of black artists.
  • Phoebe Fleming, 25, is from London and won Best Factual Award in the RTS Student Southern Awards.
  • Aran McCarthy, from London, 23. He is currently working as a Social Inclusion Football Coach for Arsenal in the Community, and also assists at an adventure playground for young people with disabilities and special needs.
  • Connor Matheson, 24, and from Barnsley is a Photojournalism graduate and keen fan of punk. Connor is currently directing/producing his first documentary on the UK ‘Doom Metal’ scene.
  • Jamie Edmundson, 21, from Kilmacolm, will graduate this summer from the Glasgow School of Arts.
  • Rosa Galvin, 24, and from London. Her film ‘Heaven Must be Missing an Angel’ was shortlisted for Borderlines Short Film Festival 2015.
  • Aisha Clarke, 21, from Birmingham, graduates this summer and has previously attended training Global Girl Media UK working on a short film, Brexit Unveiled.
  • Rashida Josiah, 21, is a final year Broadcast Journalism student at the University of Leeds and Head of Marketing for the award winning online lifestyle hub SpiceUK.
  • Meera Darji, 23, from Leicester, is an award winning filmmaker who would like to tell the stories of marginalised communities – her most recent work was about female construction workers in India.
  • Neil Anderson, 23, and lives in Scunthorpe. He is currently working as a Peer Support Mentor for adults with mental health issues.

The popular scheme has been running for 4 years with the support of the UK's leading independent factual production companies. Blast! Films, Century Films, Dragonfly, Lightbox, Lion TV, Minnow Films, Popkorn, Pulse, Raw, Renegade Pictures, Testimony Films, The Garden, True North, True Vision, Voltage TV and Wall to Wall have all committed their assistance for 2017, with additional support from Blueberry Creative.

The DocLab programme kicks off with a residential training programme. This year an impressive line-up of industry players are scheduled to lead the training sessions including:

American journalist and documentary maker, Carol Nahra; Mark MacDonald of ‘next generation’ producer and broadcaster, Little Dot Studios; Tom McDonald, BBC specialist factual commissioning editor; Anna Higgs, former Film 4 Commissioner and Creative Director of NOWNESS; and Irantzu Lau-Hing-Fan, founder and MD of Blueberry Creative.

Published: 17 May 2017

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