Grierson DocLab 2019

The 2019 cohort for The Grierson DocLab is Toni Arenyeka, Amy Jean Carlsson, Saskia Deicher, Jenni Herd, Alex Jones, Karl Knights, Emily McNally, Hugh Memess, Laura O'Connor, Azeem Rajulawalla, Mal Senanayake and Dhelia Snoussi.

You can read more about them here.

DocLab is open to 18-25 year olds with a passion for television and factual storytelling who have ideas on what they can contribute to the industry and who can offer fresh perspectives which are not being reflected on the screen.

The Grierson DocLab and Mentoring Scheme offers participants the support they need towards a successful career in factual programme making. This includes a residential training programme, access to award winning industry professionals, structured mentoring support, the chance to attend the internationally recognized Sheffield Doc/Fest and a bursary-funded placement with a production company. The Trust will additionally provide ongoing bespoke support to help participants progress with their career choice within the sector.

The training includes:

  1. An introduction to the genre covering different types of documentaries and styles of shooting.
  2. Learning how to research ideas, develop and pitch them.
  3. Script development focusing on structure and story.
  4. Exploring production roles and a practical exercise to experience the different positions.
  5. Information, advice and careers guidance.

Successful applicants will also benefit from a three-day self-shoot/editing training weekend.


Applicants must:

  1. Be aged between 18-25
  2. Be available to attend the selection day in central Birmingham
  3. Be available to attend all days of the Birmingham residential
  4. Be available to attend the Sheffield Doc Festival
  5. Be available to attend the Grierson Awards

Applications for the 2020 scheme will open in January.

Please note this scheme is only open to UK residents.

Have a look at this short film by Daisy Asquith about making your first documentary.

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