Whickers Radio and Audio Documentary Funding Award Opens

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Valerie Kleeman, Chair of the Awards Committee, The Whickers
Valerie Kleeman, Chair of the Awards Committee, The Whickers

The Whickers is accepting applications for an original radio or audio documentary for the Radio and Audio Funding Award (RAFA) from the emerging audio producer based anywhere in the world to produce an original radio or audio documentary.

The RAFA is awarded annually to an emerging audio producer based anywhere in the world to produce an original radio or audio documentary which fulfils the core criteria detailed below. This year, the main award of £6,000 plus mentorship from a top industry professional will be awarded to an audio documentary-maker to produce a feature-length programme. Organisers will also award £1,000 each to four runner-ups.

The contest is open to applicants from anywhere in the world, but the resulting programme must be in English.

Some of the criteria include storytelling with demonstrably strong interviewing skill; the spirit of inquisitiveness that leaves viewers wanting more; there should be no campaigning, pre-set agenda or political theory; unique access to engaging characters in unusual or inaccessible locations; and playful story-telling means – breaking new grounds and/or using the old ground to re-invent new style, among other things.

Applications close on July 31, 2020

For the full criteria, guidelines, application form, application checklist and FAQs, please go to: https://www.whickerawards.com/apply/audio-funding/

The Whickers were established in 2015 to fund and recognise original and innovative documentary. We seek to use the generous legacy of our namesake, pioneering broadcaster Alan Whicker, to support emerging film and audio documentary-makers in the funding and production of director-led programmes. The Whickers are comprised of two annual awards: the Film & TV Funding Award and the Radio and Audio Funding Award.