2016 Production Fund
Our 2016 production fund is made possible by generous support from:
Series Editor, Unreported World for Channel 4
Monica has directed numerous observational documentaries and current affairs films for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza and elsewhere. She was awarded an Emmy for BBC's Death in Tehran, an Amnesty International Media Award for Execution of a Teenage Girl (BBC) and a RTS Award for Help Me Love My Baby for C4.
Series Producer, On Assignment and Tonight programmes for ITV
Launched in 2014, On Assignement is now going into its fourth series of intriguing reports from around the world, featuring the very best of ITV News' award-winning correspondents. Tonight is the UK's most watched current affairs series and covers the stories that matter to the British audience every day.
Head of Long Form at Sky News
Toby is an RTS and BAFTA award-winning journalist with over 25 years of experience. He worked for BBC documentaries, Panorama, Newsnight, Rough Justice and Dispatched before setting up the Sky News long form unit in 2015. He is also editor of The Pledge and Sophie Ridge on Sunday, launching in January 2017.
Producer, Guardian Global Development
A former senior producer at BBC News, Claudine shot, edited and produced home and foreign stories for the BBC as well as live news programmes. Claudine currently oversees video commissions for The Guardian's Global Development section, as well as two associated projects focusing on gender and modern day slavery.
Freelance Consultant and Executive Producer
With over 30 years' experience in broadcasting and many awards under her belt, Flora is always on a mission to uncover and mentor new talent. She conceived and ran Channel 4's long running Unreported World and was founding commissioning editor of Witness, Al Jazeera English's flagship documentary strand. She also oversaw 20 new Al Jazeera series.
Development Producer, True Vision Productions
Originally a photojournalist, Amy completed an MA in Media and International Development whilst venturing into developing social-issue documentaries. In 2011 Amy joined WorldView, supporting numerous award-winning documentaries such as Virunga, 5 Broken Cameras and the interactive Shirt on Your Back with The Guardian, before joining True Vision in 2015.
Editor, VICE Magazine UK
Bruno has worked at VICE since 2007 and became the Editor of the UK edition of VICE Magazine in 2012. He is also the Managing Editor of VICE Magazine's international editions. He was worked on numerous independent publishing projects adn has judged several awards, including BJP's Breakthrough Awards and Magnum/Photo London's Graduate Awards.
Alice McCool, Freelance – reporting from Malawi
Alice is a freelance multimedia journalist with an interest in corruption, press freedom and political activism. She has been published in outlets including The Independent, The Economist and VICE. After finishing her masters at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies later this year, Alice plans to move to east Africa where she will continue her work as a freelancer. Before journalism, Alice spent several years working in communications and campaigns for anti-corruption group Transparency International.
Alice will travel to Malawi to look into the cannabis legalisation debate, from the perspective of some of its main advocates.
In keeping with our Fair Filming Guidelines, Alice has chosen to work in partnership with Lameck Masina, a freelance journalist based in Blantyre, Malawi.
To be a foreign correspondent, conducting investigations and producing media which is both ethical and has a real impact.
Anna Patton, Freelance – reporting from Uganda
Anna is a freelance writer and media facilitator with a focus on international development and enterprise. After working with a number of charities and development organisations, she completed her first documentary film in 2015, about women's boxing. Originally from Northern Ireland, Anna has lived and worked in several countries in Europe and East Africa. She is particularly concerned with how we portray and perceive others, and her work is driven by helping the reader find commonalities with people who initially appear very different.
Through text and photos, Anna will explore the stories of refugee entrepreneurs in settlements as well as in the capital of Uganda, whose 'self-reliance strategy' has been praised for allowing refugees to work and trade -- yet raises questions about adequate protection for vulnerable populations.
To be publishing high quality, thoroughly researched and sensitively written features about how 'other' people live. Alongside -- to be working closely with communities to help them produce and share their own stories -- leading teams and transferring her knowledge, for example as editor of a community-led media outlet.
Jade Jackman, Freelance – reporting from Mexico
Jade is a 22-year-old journalist and filmmaker whose work often fuses art and politics. Her work with women in detention was recently selected as one of the first recipients of the JUST SO production fund in collaboration with Sheffield DocFest. She is also the co-founder of Eye Want Change, a mobile phone film competition that aims to improve access to the media and privilege innovation over the use of expensive equipment. Her work as been shown at the BFI and EastEnd Film festival.
How do the blind see? Jade will travel to Mexico to explore, through a creative and collaborative documentary film, perception and sight from those that society dismisses as being without it.
To be telling stories about people resisting the role that society has ascribed them. And, to be the proud owner of a very small and fluffy dog!
Julia Lemos Lima, Freelance – reporting from Brazil
Julia has been working with video since she graduated as a journalist in Brazil in 2007. She started her career at the largest TV network in Latin America, TV Globo, and continued to create audio-visual content in her own independent production company. In 2012, Julia co-directed the documentary TV series, Musica.doc, broadcast on VH1 Brazil/Viacom. After gathering experience as a producer, she decided to focus on directing and came to the UK to take an MA in Documentary Filmmaking at Goldsmiths in London.
A documentary about how Brazilian women deal with sexual harassment and sexism in their daily lives.
To be directing documentaries portraying interesting people with engaging life stories throughout the world. To found her own production company back in Brazil and create factual content for TV, cinema and online media.
Check out Julia's website
Lucy Provan, Freelance – reporting from Sudan
Following a degree in French and Arabic, Lucy moved to the Middle East. She worked for NGOs and as a freelance journalist in Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia and the West Bank before moving to France, where she spent two and a half years working for the international news channel, France 24. She is currently working as a shooting assistant producer in London.
Lucy will travel to Sudan to follow three contestants taking park in the Sudanese "Dragon's Den".
To work as a Producer-Director on Unreported World.
Follow Lucy on Twitter
Micaela Papa, Freelance – reporting from the Philippines
Micaela is the youngest internationally awarded broadcast journalist in the Philippines. She’s best known for journalism, including her first-hand report of Supertyphoon Haiyan in 2013, and documentaries on social issues, such as the multi-award-winning 2013 Brigada documentary, Gintong Krudo (Black Gold). Passionate about using media for social change, Micaela regularly gives talks on media literacy, ethics and disaster reporting. She is currently enrolled in an MA in Documentary by Practice at Royal Holloway in London.
When the Port of Manila spurs progress for all but those who live in ramshackle huts right beside it, residents are forced to find creative ways of gathering scraps to survive. But how does this gritty, dog-eat-dog world look from the eyes of a child, and through the innocent realm of his drawings?
To be at the helm of her own production company that produces documentaries on Philippine social issues with an emphasis on the global context and international co-productions. To influence and teach burgeoning filmmakers in the Philippines, as well as increase Philippine consumption of documentaries and long-form content that give the context of current events.
Olivia Crellin, BBC – reporting from Ecuador
Olivia started as a freelance journalist in South America before training at Columbia University in New York. Now she's a multimedia reporter and filmmaker, having reported for AJ+, VICE News, The Wall Street Journal, Channel 4 News and Reuters. She wants to travel the world telling the stories many don't want told, from places and people that most ignore. She's passionate about social justice, women's issues, mental health and long-form journalism.
Olivia will travel to Ecuador to tell the story of activist Diane Rodriguez, the first transgender woman to stand for Congress, and her partner, Fernando Machado - also transgender - who have just had their first baby. She aims to discover if LGBTQ rights have improved in this Catholic country.
To be a broadcast foreign correspondent, presenter and documentary maker for the BBC and a mentor to other young female foreign correspondents. To change hearts - and perhaps the law - on several important and neglected stories.
Rebecca Cooke, Freelance – reporting from Mozambique
As a freelance journalist Rebecca has reported on human rights and environmental issues in Burkina Faso, Nepal and Ghana. She won the Sunday Times 2011 Tom Walker Trust Award for Young Foreign Correspondents and has recently worked in communications for an international development charity.
Rebecca will be travelling to Mozambique to report on the issue of child marriage.
To be the editorial lead for an international NGO.
Simisola Jasmine Jolaoso, Freelance – reporting from South Africa
Growing up in four countries, Simi earned her BA Languages and BA (Hons) Journalism degrees in South Africa, receiving a Best Research Award. After training as a News Reporter at Africa News TV Network, she moved back to London where her first job was a one-year internship and assistant role at MTV. Last year, she commenced her MA in TV Journalism, taking up ITV and BBC placements where she produced news stories.
A film about forensic nurses not only aiding victims of sexual abuse in fighting the unjust system of a country riddled with sex crimes, but also fighting their own battle against "extinction"
To be a distinguished broadcast journalist, creating films about the extraordinary, interviewing world leaders and holding them to account. To create award-winning documentaries that change lives as well as produce and present her own current affairs TV or radio show.
Tristan Martin, Thomson Reuters Foundation – reporting from Ethiopia
Tristan is currently a multimedia producer at the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Working in documentary film, photography and text, he covers underreported stories from around the world. With a particular interest in African politics, he has made documentaries on Kenyan politicians buying their way into power, Ethiopian smallholders struggling to make ends meet, and a Congolese diplomat working his magic in Paris.
Tristan’s film will explore a wildly popular news channel run by a handful of Ethiopian exiles in Minnesota, and the dangers faced by the journalists they work with back home.
To be directing feature documentaries, and continuing to find great stories worth putting on screen.