11 November 2015, CPH:DOX Copenhagen – Global content studio Pulse Films and documentary non-profit BRITDOC are today announcing the launch of The Pulse BRITDOC Genesis Fund, created to champion highly original non-fiction cinema. The first recipient of a £5,000 funding grant is filmmaker Khalik Allah (Field Niggas) for his upcoming project JAMAICA.
The fund has been established to provide much needed early financial support and belief to documentary cinema driven by imaginative and innovative storytelling. Without the requirement of seeing footage, the fund will give out up to 10 x £5,000 awards per year to help filmmakers experiment with form and approach.
Khalik Allah comments on the importance of receiving this type of funding “Receiving the Genesis Fund marks a huge milestone in my emerging career as a filmmaker. Above all else it lets me know that BRITDOC and Pulse are very serious about supporting directors who are not afraid to take risks.”
Julia Nottingham at Pulse Films says: “The Genesis Fund reinforces both Pulse and BRITDOC’s dedication to sparking creativity and supporting creators who push the boundaries of their medium. We have a strong ethos of collaboration and we are excited to be able to work alongside BRITDOC further, to amplify the voices of a new wave of documentary talent.”
● Filmmakers don’t need to be already working with Pulse Films or BRITDOC, and won’t be tied into working with them afterwards. Filmmakers will retain all their rights and options. For select awardees, the two organisations hope to provide further funding and make a Pulse/BRITDOC co-production offer, that would take a film through production, completion, launch and distribution.
● Projects will need to be at a very early stage to be considered. Eligibility is open to directors of any nationality, living anywhere, with any level of experience. Applications are now open until February 29th 2016. The first round of up to 9 further grants will be made in early 2016. BRITDOC’s Jess Search states “This is a thrilling time for documentary cinema. PULSE films have been supporting some of the most imaginative works in non-fiction storytelling. We believe that by joining forces we can further develop the creative vision and audience reach of long-form documentary.”
Pulse Films and BRITDOC have established themselves as leaders in their respective fields. Pulse has been at the forefront of redefining the documentary genre – with a catalogue of films that includes the double Sundance-winning and BAFTA nominated 20,000 Days on Earth, the seminal LCD Soundsystem film Shut Up and Play the Hits and the mesmerising BFI London Film Festival Documentary competition film The Possibilities Are Endless. Over the last 10 years BRITDOC has been a significant force behind the independent documentary scene in the UK. The foundation has funded, executive and co-produced over 70 films including such creative films as Gillian Wearing’s Self Made, Danfung Dennis’ Hell and Back Again and Laura Poitras’ Academy Award-winning CITIZENFOUR. Pulse and BRITDOC have already partnered to produce two highly original films, The Possibilities are Endless and Who Is Dayani Crystal?. They are currently working together on Michal Marzak’s third feature documentary, All These Sleepless Nights
For more information about the fund and to apply: https://britdoc.org/genesis/
Based in London and New York, BRITDOC is committed to enabling great documentary films and connecting them to audiences globally. BRITDOC is a non-profit organisation founded in 2005, supported by Bertha Foundation, Channel 4 and the Ford Foundation. BRITDOC also works with a number of other US and European Foundations across their project portfolio. Over the last decade, together with our partners, we have funded more than 200 documentary projects, including Academy Award-winning CITIZENFOUR, Academy Award nominees Virunga, The Square, Hell & Back Again and Dirty Wars. Other titles include The End of the Line, The Yes Men Fix The World, The Look of Silence, Pussy Riot and Who is Dayani Cristal?. http://britdoc.org
About Pulse Films
Pulse Films is an award-winning, independent, modern-day studio encompassing the development, production, financing and distribution of cross-platform content for audiences worldwide. Pulse’s “artist first” mantra has allowed the company to build a thriving talent management component to the business that completes its holistic approach to content creation. Headquartered in London with outposts in Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Berlin, Pulse Films was founded by Thomas Benski and Marisa Clifford in 2005.
Dedicated to creating moments of culture through innovative storytelling, Pulse Films operates under the following divisions: Film, Television, Branded Entertainment, Music and Commercials. Pulse Films’ current and past projects include: feature films such as Andrea Arnold’s AMERICAN
HONEY, Robert Eggers’ THE WITCH and Kahlil Joseph’s THE REFLEKTOR TAPES; TV projects such as PAYDAY (Channel 4), WHEN BJÖRK MET ATTENBOROUGH (Channel 4) and SLEEPING WITH THE FAMILY (MTV International); as well as strategic brand partnerships with the likes of Volkswagen, Virgin, Nike, Red Bull and Converse.
For more information see: http://www.pulsefilms.com/
About Khalik Allah
Khalik Allah, b. 1985, is a self taught filmmaker and photographer. His work has been described as visceral, hauntingly beautiful, penetrative and profoundly personal. In August of 2010 Khalik asked his father to loan him a camera to take some casual photographs of his emcee friend, The Genius of The Wu- Tang Clan. But when Khalik was given a fully manual, analogue film camera, his casual interest quickly became serious. Up until that point he was focused mainly on film-making. Photography became and extension of that film-making, allowing Khalik to create more quickly by telling stories in a single frame. Photography and filmmaking are two overlapping circles that form a venn diagram in Khalik Allah’s mind; the area where they overlap is the space he inhabits as an artist.
CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, is the third biggest documentary film festival in the world. Each year, the festival fills Copenhagen’s cinemas with a selection of more than 200 films from around the world. The dates for 2015 are November 5th-15th.
For further information, quotes or interviews please contact:
Contact for Pulse Films US/UK media: DDA
BRITDOC Media Contact: Luke Moody firstname.lastname@example.org
Further stills and director headshot available at: http://bit.ly/KhalikJamaica
A Pulse BRITDOC Genesis Fund 34 second trailer can be found here: http://bit.ly/PulseBRITDOCclip