About

Since its launch in 2001, the One World Media Production Fund has supported 184 emerging journalists and filmmakers to report from 72 developing countries. Our fund provides each recipient with a £1,000 grant, one-to-one mentoring, invaluable workshops on sound, editing and post production led by industry experts and introductions to commissioners.

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The Production Fund is now closed and will reopen for applications in September 2018.

Judges

Monica Garnsey

Executive Producer in TV Current Affairs

Monica Garnsey

Gillian Joseph

Presenter, Sky News

Gillian Joseph

Eloise King

VICE UK Digital Programming Exec & i-D Global Exec Producer

Hugo Ward

Executive Producer, Economist Films

Hugo Ward

Mentors

In celebration of our 30th anniversary we will be matching 30 mentors with grantees in 2018. Mentoring is an opportunity to nurture young talent, develop new voices and connect with the next generation. If you would like to act as a mentor for our Production Fund please contact us.

Mohit Bakaya

Commissioning Editor of Factual, BBC Radio 4

Bruno Bayley

Editor, VICE Magazine UK

Bruno Bayley

Ingrid Falck

Independent media consultant and Freelance Executive Producer of Global Documentaries

Ingrid Falck

Christine Garabedian

Filmmaker

Christine Garabedian

Monica Garnsey

Executive Producer in TV Current Affairs

Monica Garnsey

Flora Gregory

Freelance Consultant and Executive Producer

Flora Gregory

Christo Hird

Founder and Managing Director of Dartmouth Films

Christo Hird

Liliane Landor

Head of Foreign News, Channel 4

Liliane Landor

Derren Lawford

Creative Director, Woodcut Media

Derren Lawford

Angus Macqueen

Director and Executive Producer, Ronachan Films

Jezza Neumann

Director & Producer, True Vision TV

Rageh Omaar

International Affairs Editor, ITV

Rageh Omaar

Indy Vidyalankara

Founder, Indypendent PR

Indy Vidyalankara

Jamie Welham

Producer/Director

Jamie Welham

Karen Wightman

Deputy Editor of Panorama, BBC

Karen Wightman

Dominque Young

Executive Producer

Grantees

Since 2001, One World Media has supported new journalists and filmmakers to cover stories about the wider world.

Sponsors

Our production fund is made possible thanks to generous support from:

Sky News
The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation
ITV News

In-Kind Supporters

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Content made thanks to the Production Fund has appeared in media outlets & festivals including:

Aljazeera
Bertha Dochouse
Nowness
Sheffield Doc Fest
Monica Garnsey

Monica Garnsey is an Executive Producer in TV Current Affairs, specialising in international and hostile environment projects, currently working on films for October Films, BBC Current Affairs and PBS Frontline. She 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.

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Christo Hird

Christopher Hird is a graduate of Oxford University, where he studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He worked as an investment analyst in the City before becoming a journalist, working on the Economist, New Statesman and Sunday Times. He had a career in television as a reporter and producer before establishing Dartmouth Films, an independent documentary company. A leading figure in the UK documentary community, he was Chair of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival and the founding chair of the Channel Four BRITDOC Foundation. A former trustee of Index on Censorship, he is currently also a trustee of the Grierson Trust, the Wincott Foundation and the Centre for Investigative Journalism.

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Liliane Landor

Liliane Landor is the Head of Foreign News at Channel 4, responsible for maintaining and developing the programme’s foreign coverage. Liliane previously worked as Language Services Controller for BBC Global News – editorially and managerially responsible for all 28 language services on radio, TV and Online and 1400 staff in England and internationally. She started at the BBC as a producer/presenter in the French service. She was appointed Head of BBC World Service News and Current Affairs in 2006 responsible for all the daily and weekly journalism of the World Service in English. Under her leadership in 2008 her department won 10 Sony Awards – 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze – a singular achievement recognising the breadth and excellence of its journalism. She was born in Lebanon, educated in France and Switzerland. She speaks five languages.

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Derren Lawford

Derren Lawford is currently Creative Director at Woodcut Media. He was previously at London Live, where as commissioner he oversaw a dozen documentaries working with the industry’s brightest new directing talent. He was also responsible for creating, commissioning and acquiring shows for Raw, an experimental late-night zone which gave TV debuts to a host of YouTube stars. Prior to that, as Head of Content at Livity he worked with Channel 4, Google and the Department of Health, and has also been an advisor to multi-millionaire YouTuber, Jamal Edwards. As Head of Programming & Scheduling at BBC Worldwide’s Global iPlayer, he helped launch in 16 territories, and in a distinguished decade at the BBC he worked as a digital executive producer on the award-winning documentary series Our War for BBC Three, was Panorama’s first multiplatform editor, and as a development producer helped to secure a raft of commissions for BBC Three Current Affairs.

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Flora Gregory

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.

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Bruno Bayley

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 has worked on numerous independent publishing projects and has judged several awards, including BJP’s Breakthrough Awards and Magnum/Photo London’s Graduate Awards.

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Jezza Neumann

Born in Melbourne, Australia and schooled in the UK, Jezza Neumann then went to a college of higher education to study business studies.  After completing this course he travelled the world for 3 years and on his return started in the television industry working as a runner for Catalyst Television on the Chelsea flower Show for BBC 2.  After various jobs with various companies he progressed from runner to Production Manager and in January 1996 joined True Vision Productions. 

Having a passion for Stills photography he took a keen interest in camera work and editing and over the years he honed his skills in those areas.  His first broadcast filming opportunity came with Eyes of Child as the hours required “hanging” with the families meant that the budget couldn’t carry a fully fledged Cameraman.  Since cutting his teeth on that production he hasn’t looked back, working under the guidance of multi Emmy and BAFTA winning director, Brian Woods.

China’s Stolen Children was his first film as director, and won three British Academy Awards.  He has since followed up on this success with a number of award winning films including the feature length War Child and the multi-award winning Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children. More recently his film, Poor Kids, had an incredible impact, leading to questions being asked in the House of Commons during Prime Minister’s Question Time and inspiring over 950 viewer comments on the BBC Blog pages, over double the previous record number.

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Hugo Ward

Hugo Ward is currently Executive Producer at Economist Films, the newly created film arm of The Economist. Last year he was Series Editor of Channel 4’s multi-award winning foreign affairs strand Unreported World. Prior to this he spent a decade producing and directing documentaries and TV series for networks including Channel 4, Discovery and Sky. A journalist by trade, Hugo began his career as a BBC News trainee. He went on to work in newsrooms for the BBC, Sky, Channel 5 and Network Ten (Australia).

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Kevin Dubouis

Kevin Dubouis joined AJ+ in San Francisco in 2014 and later moved to London to expand the company’s European operations. He’s currently the sole producer for AJ+ in the region. He produces video content for social media platforms, works with freelance video journalists where news break, and coordinates coverage with the various AJ+ bureaus. He previously worked with Al Jazeera television in New York and Washington, D.C., producing feature stories and news packages on culture, economy and politics. His background is in online media, and he is passionate about innovative digital storytelling.

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Ashish Joshi

Ashish Joshi is based in London and currently working as a Correspondent for Sky News. He has more than 25 years’ experience as an international journalist covering some of the world’s biggest breaking news stories, including working as Sky’s Gulf Correspondent in the Middle East. 

Ashish has also taken on producing and directing documentaries and long-form films. These include Asian & Gay: The Last Taboo; The Bomber’s Village: A Survivor Returns, and Can you kick it? Why are there no Asian Premier League footballers?

His reporting of the Mumbai terror attacks in December 2008 won critical and public acclaim.  The coverage won Sky News a Golden Nymph at the 2009 Monte Carlo Television Festival and was nominated for a BAFTA.

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Eloise King

Eloise is VICE UK Digital Programming Exec & i-D Global Executive Producer. Across the VICE business, Eloise has been instrumental in the production and programming strategy of cross-platform documentaries and factual series. 

Throughout her career, her work as both producer and director has a strong focus on telling powerful human-interest stories from the perspective of marginalised voices, most notably: ‘Kids Behind Bars’ (ITV ), ‘The Divorce Clinic’ (BBC2), Acid Attacks (VICE) and ‘Gurls Talk’ (i-D). As co-founder of Women on Docs, she also curates monthly screenings and panel events celebrating the contribution of women to documentary film.

Prior to VICE, Eloise’s documentary production credits have ranged across several International territories including: BBC, BBC New York, Channel 4, ITV,  MTV,  E4 and Al Jazeera English. Eloise started her career with content game-changer, Pulse Films, before working under the auspices of filmmaker, Paul Hamann.

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Dominique Young

Dominique Young is an Executive Producer in international documentary and factual programming. For many years she was Senior Commissioning Producer for the Witness observational documentary strand on Al Jazeera English, executive producing programming from Africa and the Middle East with a particular emphasis on developing young, regional documentary makers. She currently oversees all international output for the production and communications company Breakthrough Media.

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Christine Garabedian

Christine Garabedian is a Beirut-born Dutch-Armenian-Lebanese freelance film-maker based in London. She has made Documentaries, Current Affairs, Investigative and Factual Programmes for a range of broadcasters and specialises in films about the Middle East and Arab World. Since 2012 she has developed, filmed, written, edit-produced, directed and Executive-Produced films for BBC Arabic’s Close-Up series. Her latest film, ‘Goodbye Aleppo’, tells the story of the final days of the battle for East Aleppo in December 2016. The film won the 2017 Grierson Award for Best Current Affairs Documentary, and the 2017 Rory Peck Sony Impact Award. In June 2017 Christine won a New Ground Award from the International Press Council and the Next Century Foundation for her work on Syria, Yemen, and the Arab Uprising.

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Jamie Welham

Jamie Welham is a producer/director and former newspaper journalist. Most recently he has worked on the Channel 4 documentary strand Unreported World. His latest documentary Africa’s Perfect Storm, following the aftermath of last year’s devastating mudslide in Sierra Leone, has been nominated for an RTS award. Previously he spent several years working with Ross Kemp filming in challenging locations for his Extreme World strand for Skyas well as one off specials including Libya’s Migrant Hell, following the migrant journey through Libya and The Fight Against ISIS and documenting the Kurdish struggle for autonomy in northern Syria.

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Ingrid Falck

Ingrid Falck is an independent media consultant and freelance executive producer of global documentaries. Until recently she was Head of Documentaries at Al Jazeera English for several years, overseeing award-winning strands (Witness, Correspondent, Al Jazeera World etc), series and single documentaries from around the globe. She has nearly 30 years’ broadcast experience, including as a BAFTA winning director and a multi-award winning exec and commissioner. Her special interest is in understanding narrative and exploring meaning, messaging and semiotics in documentary storytelling, especially films about the majority world. She has worked with dozens of filmmakers to help shift the power-base of storytelling away from an ‘us and them’ approach and towards those who are agents and authorities in their own stories. She is currently writing a book on this subject. 

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Rageh Omaar

Rageh Omaar is ITV’s International Affairs Editor, where he is responsible for covering and providing analysis of major news stories across the world. He is also the presenter of On Assignment, ITV’s current affairs programme and he also anchors News at Ten. Rageh was previously a correspondent for the BBC, where he covered the second Gulf war from Baghdad and he won a Bafta and Royal Television Society Award for the BBC’s coverage of the invasion of Afghanistan, where he was the only western correspondent in Kabul with the Taliban when the city fell. He then left to report and present for Al Jazeera. He has also reported for Channel 4’s Dispatches.

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Gillian Joseph

Gillian Joseph has more than 30 years of broadcast experience, she presents Sky News Sunrise ‪Friday to Sunday with Stephen Dixon and can be regularly seen across the rest of the output as well as reporting on the road.

Gillian has reported from all across the globe and her reporting credits include: BBC Radio 1, BBC’s Black Britain programme, both the One and ‪Six O’Clock News, Newsnight and the Holiday programme. She has also presented for BBC London 94.9FM, 5 Live, and prior to joining Sky News, Gillian presented the news on BBC Breakfast and on BBC London. She also worked as a presenter for BBC News 24.

Gillian has been presented with a Commission for Racial Equality award for her reporting.

 

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Karen Wightman

Karen Wightman is an investigative journalist and executive producer, who is currently the Deputy Editor of the BBC’s flagship current affairs series Panorama. Most recent credits include the RTS winning Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets, which exposed chaos, incompetence and abuse in a centre which is a staging post for detainees who face deportation from the UK and the BAFTA winning Teenage Prison Abuse Exposed, an investigation into the treatment of children and young people at the Medway Secure Training Centre.

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Indy Vidyalankara

Indy Vidyalankara is the founder of boutique music PR company Indypendent PR and currently Head Of Strategic Communications at music charities Help Musicians UK and Urban Development. She is a seasoned and accomplished former Sony Music Director Of Communications, Saatchi & Saatchi ad exec and PR specialist. With a career spanning two decades in comms in some of the most high profile companies including eleven years in publicity across BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra with some of the biggest names in TV and radio, across some of the most loved television shows on the BBC, such as Strictly Come Dancing, The Voice UK, Children In Need, Eurovision, Comic Relief and The One Show.

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