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The Whickers Reveals Finalists for Film & TV Funding Award


The Whickers recently unveiled the five finalists for its Film & TV Funding Award, one of the industry's highest cash prizes for a single documentary project. The prize winner, and a runner-up, will be competing for a financial support of £80,000 and £15,000, respectively. The final pitching and announcement of the winner will take place in June during Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Still from Where the Peach is in Bloom,
directed by Chunhua Jiang

The Whickers' Film & TV Funding Award is granted annually to an emerging filmmaker of any nationality with the most promising pitch for an authored documentary which fulfills the award's core criteria. The projects of this year's finalists take viewers on a journey from the Philippines with Manila’s war on drugs and crime (Aswang by Alyx Ayn Arumpac) all the way to a Chinese juvenile reform school, where love and friendship thrive under the harshest circumstances (Where the Peach is in Bloom by Chunhua Jiang).

One of the finalist projects, Mirror Mirror on the Wall by Sascha Schöberl, was previously developed at Crossing Borders, a joint training programme for Asian-European co-productions organized by EDN and Documentary Campus. The panel of judges for this year's edition of the Film & TV Funding Award consists of Harriet Armston-Clarke, Klara Grunning, Patrick Hurley, Emma Loach, Jane Mote and Seyi Rhodes. The jury reaction has been included in the overview of finalists at the end of this article. 

The final pitch and announcement of the winner will take place during Sheffield Doc/Fest, where EDN will be involved in the pitch training (10 June) and the moderation of the final pitching session (12 June). Further information about EDN's involvement in Sheffield Doc/Fest and the Whickers' Film & TV Funding Award can be found on the EDN website here.

Finalists of The Whickers Film & TV Funding Award:

Aswang | D: Alyx Ayn Arumpac | P: Armi Rae S. Cacanindin | Cinematografica | Philippines

Jury comment: “Immersed in a community at the sharp end of the Philippines’ war on drugs, Aswang paints a dark picture. Between the near-daily routine of death and grief we are confronted with a softer, but no less disturbing image – that of a child struggling to navigate his way through a violent and corrupt world”.

Disappearing Village | D: Megumi Inman | P: Sweet Take Studios | UK

Jury comment: “With a wry smile and through the prism of organic sake, Disappearing Village tells a truly universal tale of the changing face of the countryside and the battle between youth and their elders”.

Mirror Mirror on The Wall | D: Sascha Schöberl | P: DOCDAYS Productions, CNEX Foundation Ltd | Germany, China

Jury comment: “Mirror Mirror on the Wall really gets ‘under the skin’ of our beauty-obsessed world, putting selfie-culture on the operating table and calling into question the impact this is having on us all – both as individuals and society.“

Robin Banks | D: Jana Miracle | P: GusanoFilms | Spain

Jury comment: “Robin Bank absolutely stands out for its energy, originality, style and intrigue. I can’t wait to see it!”

Where the Peach is in Bloom | D: Chunhua Jiang | P: CNEX Foundation Limited | China

Jury comment: “With ‘Where the Peach is in Bloom’, Chunhua Jiang takes us into a largely unknown world via some some compelling characters to show that love and friendship can thrive under the harshest strictures. We feel this film has vision, sensitivity, cinematic flair and above all, a great story at its heart.”

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