The Grierson Trust announces the successful young filmmakers joining its DocLab 2018 scheme.

Twelve 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 2018.

The Grierson Trust’s DocLab Training and Mentoring Scheme prepares new entrants to the industry with the skills to make them ‘job ready’ through bursary supported work placements and a dynamic programme of workshops, masterclasses and mentoring, giving the 18 – 25 year olds a rare opportunity to gain their first foothold in the documentary industry.

The successful applicants selected for DocLab 2018 are:

Tammie Ash, 24, is a Leeds University civil and structural engineering graduate from Bradford.

Calum Bateman, 24, has already started crafting a documentary with a local Ipswich theatre maker giving voice to those who are diagnosed with Asperger's and autism later in life.

Kat Cashman, 24, is a youth worker and aspiring cinematographer from South East London.

Eleanor Conway, 22 from Corby, is a history graduate now finishing her masters in Film and TV production at University of Birmingham.

Naomi De Souza, 23, is a history graduate from the University of Leeds, recently moved back home to Coventry.

Didem Gormus, 22, is a project co-ordinator and support artist for small digital media company in Swindon.

Sarah Foss, 22 is a London-based journalist writing for Justice Gap magazine.

Preston Hartley, 22, is a filmmaking student from Burnley.

Lauren Howard, 23, is a Liverpool-based Masters student who has already published her first zine.

Maria McNally, 21 from Jarrow, and graduates with an English Literature degree this summer.

Eloise Millard, 23 is already an award-winning journalist from Sheffield whose university podcast Anonecdotes won a scholarship from BAFTA to study for an MA in Journalism and in March 2018 her piece on classism in Russell Group universities was shortlisted for the Guardian's Hugo Young Award.

Rhiannon Walsh, 24, is a content creator and social media manager from Glasgow.

The Grierson DocLab has an increasingly strong track record in training and helping aspiring young filmmakers get their first break into the documentary industry. Recent notable successes including Ryan Gregory who won the inaugural BBC Three Northern Docs Pitch at Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2017 with an idea developed during his time on DocLab. His film is now in production. Previous alumni Mei Leng Yew and Aran McCarthy are both recipients of the 2107 One World Media production fund and many individual DocLabbers are scattered at independent production companies and broadcasters across the country.

The popular scheme has been running for 5 years and has the support of the UK's leading independent factual production companies. Blast! Films, Dragonfly, Lightbox, Lion Television, Minnow Films, Pulse, Raw, Testimony Films, The Garden, True North, True Vision, Voltage TV and Wall to Wall have all committed their assistance for 2018, with additional support from Blueberry Creative and The Kit Room.

Published: 11 May 2018

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