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  • How I pitched my documentary to Vice

    Doc filmmaker and Global Short Docs participant, Owen Kean discusses finding a story, pitching with confidence and working with Vice. By Owen Kean   Pakistan’s Forgotten Dead, has over 300,000 views on YouTube and 2 million views on Facebook. The kind of audience doc filmmaker, Owen Kean, never dreamed of reaching whilst he was filming…

  • 5 ways journalists can improve diversity in the media

    PressPad founder and One World Media alumni, Olivia Crellin shares her top 5 tips for how media professionals can work towards improving representation in the media. By Olivia Crellin The culture, composition and atmosphere of our workplaces and industry are the responsibility of us all. While it may seem that only those in positions of…

  • How to prepare for a shoot as a photojournalist

    Award-winning journalist and photographer, Kate Holt shares her checklist for preparing for a shoot. By Kate Holt I have been a photojournalist for twenty years. No two shoots are ever the same, and over the years I have developed a personal checklist that I run through. Here are a few. Check your kit before every…

  • 5 Tips for Journalists Reporting Internationally

    Investigative journalist Julie Noon shares her top 5 tips for journalists reporting internationally. By Julie Noon Embarking on your first international reporting trip can be a daunting task. With risk assessments to fill out, langauge barriers to overcome and unfamiliar territory to navigate, there is often a whole host of new challenges you are faced with before, during…

  • 5 important things to remember during your shoot

      “We’ll just fix it in post.” As a documentary filmmaker making your first films, you will often find yourself wearing multiple hats. You’re the director, the camera operator, the lighting assistant, the sound engineer and more often than not, the editor. This inevitably means that on a shoot you have a huge amount to…

  • Top 5 Lessons for Emerging Filmmakers from Industry Experts

    In an industry where you could be forgiven for feeling as though you are working alone – fighting a constant up hill battle for funding, access, commissions, time and publicity – a good mentor can be an invaluable resource for any filmmaker. Few new filmmakers would turn down the opportunity to discuss their project with a seasoned pro…

  • How Should Documentary Filmmakers Work with Media Platforms?

      A Guest Blog by Docudays UA   What kind of short films is interesting for global media giants, such as The Guardian, AJ+, BBC Stories? How do these platforms usually work with documentary filmmakers? This year, Docudays UA hosts Global Short Docs Forum which works with short films in particular.   The experience of the Global Short…

  • Top 5 Tips for Pitching Short Docs

    Pitching your film to funders, commissioners or film festivals is no easy task, but it’s something every successful filmmaker needs to learn to do. It can be difficult to know where to start – how do you condense months of passion and hard work into 2 minutes? So, we spoke to Flora Gregory and Dominique…