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Here's why you should apply from the 2017 DocLab team.

The team 2017


I cannot recommend DocLab enough for anyone hoping to find their place in the world of TV and film. The series of masterclasses and talks from industry professionals gave me a better understanding of the variety of roles within the industry as well as teaching me to have faith in my own ideas for content. Since completing the scheme, I've landed two junior researcher posts. The first opportunity came through networking at Sheffield Doc/Fest with The Grierson Trust. It's been such a rewarding experience and it's a scheme I tell everyone who asks to apply to. The team is extremely supportive and genuinely have your best interests at heart in regards to your goals, whatever they may be."


The Grierson DocLab has been a truly brilliant experience. It has given me the knowledge and confidence to follow my passion for documentary filmmaking and really push me on in my career.

The scheme has helped me gain funding from One World Media to make a film in a developing country and has also put me in good stead in my current job camera operating at Arsenal F.C.

Whilst on the scheme, you get the opportunity to attend Sheffield Doc/Fest, and numerous training workshops throughout the year. The contacts you make through the DocLab are invaluable and will really help any young person wanting to pursue a career within the documentary film and TV industry."


Being a part of The Grierson DocLab has truly been a wonderful experience. The different components of the scheme build up your confidence and prepare you to work in the industry. As a result of this I am currently working at Channel 5 as a Creative Production Intern. I get to work in different departments and different genres of TV as opposed to just documentaries. The DocLab scheme also binds you to the alumni network and you get to meet people from previous years and listen to their experiences and advice which is extremely valuable.


Being a part of the Grierson DocLab has been really great and has helped me move forward in my career a lot. Since I joined last year, I have gained a vital understanding of how the industry works, a detailed understanding of the pitching process and expert advice on my own projects from my mentor.


I always had a passion for documentaries but I never realised how much until I took part in DocLab. The Grierson DocLab didn't just confirm my love for documentaries, but also confirmed that this is the genre I wish to work in. Being an anxious person when it comes to putting my ideas forward, DocLab allowed me to come out of my comfort zone whilst giving me the chance to explore my ideas and, most importantly, pitch them. I never thought I would have the chance to pitch my idea in front of commissioners but thanks to the Grierson Trust, I have gained that experience. This has been an amazing opportunity to meet people who have established a career in the documentary world whilst gaining advice from them. Since DocLab, I've managed to gain a place on The Network whilst having other opportunities open up to me. DocLab has given me confidence in my own storytelling ability and, through this, I wish to pursue my ideas further. Although this can be a scary step, knowing the Grierson Trust is always beside me makes it seem a lot less daunting.

DocLab is an amazing scheme that I can't recommend enough!


Before I started Grierson DocLab I was lacking in confidence and was confused about what I wanted to do and could achieve in my career. The course has been challenging at times and I've had to do things that put me out of my comfort zones but this has helped me grow as a filmmaker and given me a much greater sense of direction.

Aran and Connor

Published: 16 March 2018

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