DocFest Youth Jury

DocFest Youth Jury


The Sheffield Doc/Fest Youth Jury, now in its seventh year, offers an exceptional opportunity for any young person interested in watching, making or critiquing documentary film, to get first-hand festival experience and hear from industry experts about the world of documentary filmmaking. For some previous Youth Jurors, taking part at Doc/Fest has been an accelerator into the industry.

Hothouse Experience/Training

The Youth Jury will form a judging panel of five who will award one festival film the Sheffield Youth Jury Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June, 2013. Prior to the Festival, the Youth Jurors will also participate in an invaluable Hothouse project in March. This will include viewing short-listed films, speaking to industry experts – BAFTA-winner Morgan Matthews (The Fallen, Scenes from a Teenage Killing, Britain in a Day) already confirmed – and learning more about what makes a good documentary. Past speakers have included directors, commissioning editors, and world-famous documentary-makers including Michael Palin.

Youth Jury applications are invited from any young person, aged 16-21 years old, living in the UK. Online applications via open on Tuesday 5 February and close on Friday 22 February. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview to take place on Tuesday 5 March.

The Hothouse will take place in London (travel and accommodation included) 27-29 March Sheffield Doc/Fest will take place from 12-16 June 2013.

Isla Badenoch, a Youth Juror in 2012 says:

“Being on last year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest Youth Jury was pretty life changing – and that is no overstatement! It was a whirlwind of incredible films and people whose passion could not help but rub off on you, and whose enthusiasm furthered my motivation to be in the filmmaking industry.”

Heather Croall, Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest, says:

“We’re incredibly proud of our Youth Jury – the experience gives a fast track to understanding how the industry works and for some it has facilitated their break into film and TV, where they are still working today.”