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BRITDOC launches new European documentary film fund

07.06.2013

BRITDOC, the UK based documentary funding organisation, has announced the launch of a brand new film fund entitled BRITDOC Circle. Two films have been granted already to indicate the direction for the fund. The fund is launched with the tag line "new European documentary funders club".

In your voice, in your heart & If I can't dance

BRITDOC Circle is designed to supplement existing international grant makers, state funds and broadcast partners with the same interests, at a time when funding for public service content is falling. However, the BRITDOC Circle is currently by invitation only. The fund will be handled by BRITDOC.

The fund is supported by individual European philanthropists. Founding members are British Sam Roddick and Swedish Cristina Ljungberg, who are now looking to bring new partners from across Europe into the group.

BRITDOC Circle launches with the announcement of the two first grantees heralding from Denmark and the UK being:

IF I CAN'T DANCE (it's not my revolution) Director: Anonymous Producers: Jesper Jack at Fridthjof Film Doc, David B Sorensen at Dharmafilm

During the Syrian uprising a woman leaves her home and former life not realising that there will be no turning back. She goes on the road to search for Syria's future -­‐ documenting everything as she moves through the conflict-­‐torn country with a younger female friend by her side. Amidst a terrible war they celebrate new possibilities and newly found freedoms but also suffer growing frustrations. Will the new Syria represent their personal revolutions?

IN YOUR VOICE, IN YOUR HEART Directors: Edward Lovelace & James Hall Producer: Lucas Ochoa at Pulse Films

When one man's world is shattered by a devastating stroke, he fights back from the brink of death to discover that life and love are greater than he could have ever imagined. In Your Voice, In Your Heart is based on the experiences of musician Edwyn Collins who suffered a devastating stroke in 2005. Left unable to walk or speak, any hope of recovery seemed unlikely. Yet in 2010, against all odds, he released the album ‘Losing Sleep’ to huge critical acclaim. This is the story of his journey back.

BRITDOC has an eight year track record as a funder of international independent documentary and currently administers four other film funds totalling €1 million a year in partnership with Channel 4 Television in the UK, PUMA and Bertha Foundation.

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