How to Apply

The Production Fund is now OPEN.

Deadline: 15 November 2018

Who the fund is aimed at:

Aspiring journalists and filmmakers, including students, who seek to make a career out of reporting the global south, raising awareness about the developing world and breaking down prejudices and barriers between people from western cultures and those living in the developing world. To be eligible for funding we highly recommend that you attend a One World Media workshop on international reporting.

We seek to champion diverse emerging documentary and journalistic talent, and particularly encourage submissions from BAME applicants as well as from people from and based in developing countries. If the cost or location of our International Reporting workshops means that you are unable to participate in this one-day training, don’t let this discourage you from applying.

What we are looking for:

  • Proposals to tell engaging stories from the developing world.
  • All proposals must involve travel to a developing country.
  • The fund is for non-fiction media across all platforms: film, radio, print, photojournalism, online and multimedia.
  • A proposal where our grant will cover the majority of the budget with any additional funding necessary already in place
  • Stories that are strong enough to be published or broadcast in established media outlets. We are looking for genuine journalism or documentary and will fund media that could ultimately appear in existing newspapers, magazines, radio, TV channels, professional news websites, etc.


Beyond this, the panel will be particularly interested in proposals that:

  • Seek to tell original stories in a way that will engage the intended audience
  • Highlight the voices of people living in the developing world, particularly voices that are not often heard
  • Have established contacts and contributors who have confirmed their willingness to take part.
  • Have considered ethical issues and safety
  • Do not simply cover negative aspects of the developing world without considering the context in which they exist
  • Have, for students, the full support of the course/institution at which you are studying. We encourage you to discuss your idea with your tutor before applying as you will need them to submit a reference for you and your work.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of accountability and fair practice in news gathering and reporting
  • Show a willingness to work with local people in equal partnership in co-production on a story.

How many stories to propose:

You can only propose one story per application.

How successful applicants are chosen:

Applications are shortlisted in house then put to a jury panel of industry professionals who select the winning applications.

How much research and preparation should be shown:

We generally expect you to have researched and verified your stories before applying. We will generally not consider your proposal if you have not established contacts and contributors on the ground and obtained their agreement to take part.


Your reference should be written on headed paper and can be from a tutor/lecturer, a commissioner, an employer, or an established practitioner in your medium that is familiar with your work.

If you are a student, your reference should contain:

  • Confirmation of the course you are enrolled on and in what capacity your referee knows you;
  • Confirmation that your proposed project is endorsed by your course and institution;
  • A comment on your application, particularly your ability to deliver the piece of media proposed.

If your reference is from an employer or other form of referee, it should contain:

  • Confirmation of dates of employment
  • Confirmation that they are familiar with your work and in what capacity (editor, commissioner, exec producer etc)
  • A comment on your application, particularly your ability to make the piece of media proposed.

What we do not fund:

  • Dissertations or academic research
  • Feature length documentaries
  • Any projects where the remaining funds are not yet in place
  • Fiction


Deadline: 15 November 2018

To apply, follow the link below, and register an account on the One World Media Submission Portal. Once you have an account, click on the Create Submission tab, and start your application. Make sure you fill in all the required sections of the form including relevant links, and upload your CV, reference letter, and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Before applying, please make sure you have read our Fair Filming guidelines. We highly recommend that you participate in one of our International Reporting workshops before applying to the Production Fund.

Clothilde Redfern

Clothilde is the Director of One World Media. She is responsible for the growth and success of One World Media’s programmes including its production fund and industry events. Most recently she co-founded the Global Short Docs Forum. She strives to support media which highlights our common humanity, breaks down prejudice and enables new voices to be heard.

Clothilde started her career in France working for the International Herald Tribune in Paris, she moved to London in 2005 and joined the Media Trust’s production team making documentaries for the Community Channel. She then spent three years as a documentary programmer for Birds Eye View Film Festival, which exclusively showcased films made by women. Prior to joining One World Media she spent four years at Channel 4 where she worked in the Documentaries department and Film 4.

Phoebe Hall

Phoebe joined One World Media in October 2016. She manages One World Media’s events and workshops programme, oversees communications and produces the annual One World Media Awards.

Phoebe was previously the Programme Editor at the Frontline Club, producing their year-round programme of public events and managing the activities of the Charitable Trust. She was also responsible for the Frontline International Partners project, working with media centres and film festivals across Russia, Turkey and Central and Eastern Europe to produce regular documentary screenings, panel discussions and journalistic training. She is the co-founder of Puppy Fat, a regular documentary screening evening that spotlights the work of emerging filmmakers.

Leanne Dmyterko

Leanne joined One World Media in 2010. She coordinates One World Media’s flagship event, the One World Media Awards, and produces the organisation’s events programme. She also manages communications and administration.

Originally from Canada, Leanne completed her first degree in Cultural Anthropology with a specialisation in Journalism and Communications. She began her career in communications in the media relations team at the Royal BC Museum and since then has worked in the non-profit, arts and public sectors in the UK and abroad, including writing and design for the Canadian Space Agency, PR and marketing for the Camden Arts Centre and communications for the International Institute for Environment and Development.

John Willis (Chair)

John Willis joined Mentorn and Tinopolis in November 2006 and is one of the best-known figures in the television industry. He recently completed two years as Chairman of BAFTA, where he remains Deputy Chairman, and has served a long list of high-profile roles, including Director of Programmes at Channel 4, Managing Director of LWT and United Productions, Vice President of National Programmes at WGBH and, most recently, the BBC’s Director of Factual and Learning.

John began his career at Yorkshire Television, where he won a string of awards for his hard-hitting documentary programmes, such as Johnny Go Home. He later became Controller of Documentaries and Current Affairs, where he started the acclaimed documentary series First Tuesday. In 1988, he joined Channel 4 as Controller of Factual Programmes, introducing new documentary strands like Cutting Edge, True Stories and Secret History. Later promoted to Director of Programmes, he oversaw a number of successful programmes and films in several genres.

Benjamin Chance

Benjamin Chance was educated at Eton College and graduated from the University of Durham with an honours degree in Economics. During his time at Durham, Ben helped found the History of Art Society and was Treasurer and President of the Ski & Snowboard Club. Between 2006 and 2013 Ben worked at Morgan Stanley as an Investment Adviser for wealthy individuals, families, charities, trusts and companies before moving to a similar role at Credit Suisse. He has been named as one of the Top 30 Under 30 Wealth Managers in the UK by Citywire. Ben maintains a strong interest in the media and has published articles in national and student newspapers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

David Lloyd

David Lloyd currently teaches TV Journalism at City University. Previously he was Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4, where he was widely acknowledged as one of the most influential figures in British news and current affairs. Over his 17 years at Channel 4 he was responsible for creating its flagship current affairs series Dispatches and the critically acclaimed international current affairs series Unreported World. He steered Channel 4 News to its current position and winner of two International Emmys. Lloyd joined Channel 4 from the BBC where he had already enjoyed a distinguished career in current affairs. He began there as a general trainee in 1967 and over the following 18-years he was editor of Newsnight, Breakfast Time and The Money Programme.

Jane Mote

Jane is a leading multi-media professional who is currently developing TV projects in Uganda and Ghana. She was recently Launch Programme Director for the Evening Standard’s London LIve TV station. Before that she was Interim SVP Programming for BBC Worldwide’s global channels, a consultant at Discovery in Moscow and at The Africa Channel. Jane was UK Managing Director for Al Gore’s Current TV and before that Director of six Factual and Lifestyle channels at UKTV. She started her career in print journalism before joining the BBC, where she created and ran the their first tri-media news operation BBC London. She was also Controller of the Community Channel. Opening up media to new voices is a passion in all her roles. Jane is co-founder of UAMA – Uganda Arts and Media Academy – and a non-exec director for the short film community.

Camilla Otto

Camilla Otto has spent over two decades in the field of international development, working for the last ten years at the UK Department for International Development (DfID). Born in Sweden, educated both there and in France and an economist by training, Camilla has specialised in EU international relations, aid and trade policies. She started her international career at the UN, spending seven years working with UNDP, UNIFEM and UNESCO. At the EU in Brussels, she was responsible for EU aid to countries like Tanzania, Djibouti and Equatorial Guinea. As Policy Head and Head of DfID’s EU Department, Camilla managed the UK Government’s relations with EU institutions and counterparts across Europe.

Sunil Sheth

Sunil Sheth is a partner at London solicitors Fladgate LLP. He leads the firm’s India team, which has established a market reputation as the leading adviser to Indian companies, both here and in the Subcontinent. In 2011, he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society of Asian Lawyers, an organisation of which he was Founder and Chair. Sunil is a trustee of Sense International, a charity supporting children who have the double disability of being deaf and blind. For six years, he was a trustee, Vice-chair and Chair of Audit Committee of Victim Support, a UK national charity assisting people who are victims or witnesses of crime. He has also been a member of an Advisory Panel to the Bank of England.

Peggy Walters

Peggy Walters is a communications and public affairs consultant with over 17 years experience in communications, PR and marketing in organisations straddling both the private and voluntary sectors. She has successfully delivered groundbreaking communications projects at three major charities – The Prince’s Trust, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Marie Stopes International – helping to fulfil the ambitions of these organisations and introducing the use of digital technologies in campaigns. Peggy holds a degree in Communication Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Cultural Theory and History from the University of East London. She is an active member of Charity Comms, the professional membership body for charity communicators.