Jane nurtures and supports new audio and film documentary – makers who share a curiosity for t he world. She is a selector and judge for The Whickers annual documentary funding award of £80,000 for the winner and £15,000 runner up. She has supported film – makers at Docs by the Sea (Bali), MyDocs (Malaysia), AND – Asian Network of Documentary (Busan ) as well as leading documentary training in Uganda and for the BFI (British Film Institute) in London, UK. The former UK MD of Al Gore’s documentary channel Current and Executive Editor, BBC London has worked for Discovery, Turner, BBC Worldwide, UKTV and the Africa channel. She is also Director of UK – based beechtobeach ltd.
The Whickers background
The Whickers was launched in 2015 to support emerging talent in international documentary. Through the generous legacy of its namesake, pioneering broad caster Alan Whicker, it offers mentoring and training, as well as annual production funds of over £100,000 for documentary proposals in TV/Film and Audio/Radio. The Whickers’ flagship award, the Film & TV Funding Award, is open to filmmakers working on the ir first full – length documentary as director. Films should be in the late development or early production stage at the time of applying. Shortlisted applicants are invited to pitch their films at Sheffield International Documentary Festival in June each ye ar, with a top award of £80,000 going to the winning pitch and a runner – up receiving a £15,000 production grant.