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Inter-Disciplinary Film Research Fellowships

Supporting Young Filmmakers

Encouraging bright minds from non-film or semi-film backgrounds to apply their expertise into the documentaries and films we produce, Black Line is a breeding ground of ideas from all around the world. At Black Line, we help filmmakers at early stages in their career develop their promising projects, especially female and minority voices.

 

Research and Industry Support

Real Research. Real Stories.

Post Doctoral Film Research Fellowship (UK)

Inter-disciplinary Film Research Fellowship
for recent Ph.D. Graduates

Description

At Black Line we are committed to a standard of excellence across all of our content. Because of this, our policy is to collaborate with high level academics to produce properly researched, impactful educational content. In a world dominated by social media, the opinions of experts are too often ignored in the face of arguments and misinformation. By committing to work in this way, we ensure that our content is a reliable source of well informed truth and thoughtful, balanced analysis.

This year, Black Line is accepting applications from recent Ph.D. graduates to bring their expertise to the mass television content consumer by translating your research into a documentary film. Over the course of the 9 month fellowship, Black Line's production team will be working with you to write, produce and distribute a film based on your research topic. 

Stipend

£40,000 (paid £10,000 every 3 months)

Requirements 

  1. Online Application Form

  2. Abstract of the completed Ph.D.

  3. One chapter from the latest version of the completed Ph.D Dissertation. Complete Ph.D Dissertations are welcome but not necessary.

  4. Research Proposal or Research Paper or Thesis (Independent and Unpublished) for a feature-length documentary that the researcher would like to produce. (5,000 words)

  5. Proposed Film Budget.

  6. Previous published work- written or visual.

  7. Curriculum Vitae of the applicant(s).


Eligibility

  1. Proposed Film must be in (a minimum of) 2 languages.

  2. Maximum of 2 applicants per application.

  3. Applicants must be based in the UK with appropriate work permits.

  4. Graduated from a UK university with a Ph.D or D.Phil Degree no later than September 2020.

  5. If the Ph.D student is in their final year of their programme, the applicant must provide a letter of proof of the expected completion.

  6. The field of the applicant's previous Ph.D. dissertation topic and the current Research Proposal must have a community of people already attached to the project, either as the subjects or the intended audience of the research. Examples of such fields include (but are not limited to), history, politics, sociology, psychology, environmental sciences, Brexit, climate change, government policy, technological innovation.

  7. Complete ownership of intellectual and creative rights over the research idea proposed in the application. Please note: We are not able to accept applications where a university is attached to the research already. 

Important Dates

April 3: Applications Open.

June 25: Applications Close.

August 15: Decisions Announced

October 15- October 25 (2020): Initial Research Orientations with the Film Production team.

February 2- February 20 (2021): Pre-Production meetings with Film Production team.

March- August (2021): Filming and Editing (Part-time involvement).

Inter-Disciplinary Documentary Filmmaking Fellowship (UK)

9-month Inter-Disciplinary Programme for Filmmakers

Description

At Black Line we are committed to a standard of excellence across all of our content. Because of this, our policy is to collaborate with high level academics to produce properly researched, impactful educational content. In a world dominated by social media, the opinions of experts are too often ignored in the face of arguments and misinformation. By committing to work in this way, we ensure that our content is a reliable source of well informed truth and thoughtful, balanced analysis.

This year, Black Line is accepting applications from three filmmakers based in (or around) the London area to work with a Ph.D. researcher along with writing, production and distribution support from the Black Line team. The filmmaker is expected to be a self-shooting producer/DOP with established industry contacts that can enhance the quality of the production.

Stipend

£40,000 (paid £10,000 every 3 months)

Production costs will be borne by Black Line Productions along with providing personnel and equipment.

Requirements 

  1. Online Application Form

  2. Previous published work

  3. Curriculum Vitae of the applicant(s)

Eligibility

  1. Applicants must be based in the UK with appropriate work permits.

  2. Graduated from a UK university with a masters in Film Production or 2 years of experience working with a reputable production company.

  3. Ability to operate film cameras to work as DOP on small shoots independently.

  4. If an applicant is in the final year of their master's degree, they can apply for the upcoming September programme.

  5. The field of the applicant's previous film and documentary experience must be related to direct social impact and community welfare. Examples of such fields include (but are not limited to), history, politics, sociology, psychology, environmental sciences, Brexit, climate change, government policy, technological innovation.

Important Dates

April 3: Applications Open.

June 25: Applications Close.

August 15: Decisions Announced

October 15- October 25 (2020): Initial Research Orientations with the Post Doctoral Fellow and the Film Production team.

October (2020)- February (2021): Pre-Production, writing and distribution.

February 2- February 20 (2021): Pre-Production meetings with the Post-Doctoral Fellow and the Film Production team.

March- August (2021): Filming and Editing (Full Time involvement with the Black Line team).

 

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