BFI Doc Society Talent Support

BFI Doc Society Fund
1-2-1 Advice Sessions


Book your 15-minute 1-2-1 online advice session with a member of the BFI Doc Society team! Open to filmmakers and producers across the UK, this is an opportunity to discuss projects or ask advice about our funds.

Our online 1-2-1 sessions are fully booked until mid June. We will release new slots soon.

Book your slot here.


BFI Doc Society Drop-In Day at Sheffield DocFest 2024

Sunday 16 June, 09:30 - 17:15 / Sidney & Matilda, Sheffield

BFI Doc Society invites all non-fiction film talent to join us at our open-access Drop-In Day at Sheffield DocFest 2024!

Come along to Sidney & Matilda in the morning from 09:30 to register and join one of our info roundtables or 1-2-1s (limited capacity). Meet our team and find out more about our funds and activities, as well as those of Kickstarter, BFI NETWORK and Film Hub North (for those fiction-curious amongst you!) and Northern Heart's Doc Fund.

The rest of the day will bring talks and events, including filmmaker and producer case studies from our Features and Made of Truth funds, and an 'open mic' session to find potential collaborators. Plenty of opportunity to connect with industry delegates and like-minded creatives throughout the day!

Open to all, walk-ups welcome - no DocFest delegate pass required.

Followed by Happy Hour from 17:15 - 18:30 at Birdhouse!

Find the full schedule here.

BFI Doc Society at Docs Ireland

Creative Documentary Making in Focus

Thursday 20 June, 14:00 - 17:30 / Queen's Film Theatre, Belfast

Are you attending Docs Ireland? Then join us for this afternoon of sessions aimed at documentary filmmaking talent from the UK & island of Ireland.

The event will frame the experiences and insights of doc-makers through presentation, case study and interview. Sessions will include a case study of recent BFI Doc Society / Screen Ireland co-production No Place Like Home by Myrid Carten, an analysis of the distribution strategy behind Ella Glendining’s award-winning documentary Is There Anybody Out There? from Conic Film, a Fine Point Films in-focus talk, and a key note panel on Leo Regan’s intensely personal portrait My Friend Lanre.

Followed by a drinks reception.

Docs Ireland pass holders can book tickets here.

Funding Docs for Emerging Filmmakers at Raindance Film Festival

Saturday 22 June, 14:00 / Wonderville, London

How do you secure funding for your documentary? How do you get backing from a production company?
Our Film and Production Executive Hannah Bush Bailey will participate in the panel Funding Docs for Emerging Filmmakers at this year’s Raindance Film Festival, alongside speakers from The Whickers and BFI Doc Society backed feature Red Herring.

Find out more here.


Programme Updates

We're excited to introduce you to the participants on our Producing Truth programme, supported by the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund and delivered by BFI Doc Society, Scottish Documentary Institute, Screen Alliance Wales and Docs Ireland. Producing Truth runs from mid-May till early July.
Meet the producers here.

In April, we were pleased to host a virtual delegation of six UK filmmakers who identify as disabled, deaf and/or neurodivergent to IDA's Getting Real'24 conference. Find out more about them here.

Please keep an eye out on this page and our socials (@TheDocSociety) for more training and development opportunities in the future.