Rising Directors Scheme

The Rising Directors Scheme gives emerging directors a chance to produce and direct their own documentary short, which will then be showcased at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest.

The scheme is an ambitious new training programme, for diverse, emerging TV directors, with a burning idea for their own documentary short. The scheme is run by Indie Training Fund, supported by BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 via the TV Skills Fund.

Each director was given a budget of £5,000 to make their own short, with support and ongoing mentoring from renowned documentary executive producers from TV and film, as well as an intensive directors’ training programme and bespoke industry-led masterclasses.

The scheme culminates at Sheffield Doc/Fest on 11 June, with the premiere of each three minute film at the Rising Directors Showcase. Each of the directors will introduce their film before its premiere and a Q&A will follow. The showcase will be chaired by triple BAFTA award-winning and double RTS award-winning filmmaker and producer Andy Glynne.

The Rising Directors Scheme Showcase will be at 10am on Monday 11 June, at Screen 2, Curzon Cinema, 16 George Street, Sheffield, S1 2PF. Please email for more information or to attend.

The Rising Directors and their films

Alice Rowsome 

Alice RowsomeWould we care then tells the story of a 19-year old stuck in debt-bondage in a city in the northwest of England. Candidly, he tells us why he’s forced to flip burgers in a local takeaway shop for £1 per hour, 72 hours a week. 

Exec Mentor – Liz Collier.



Andrew Pugh

Andrew PughPunishment is the story of a father and son whose lives have been devastated by paramilitary violence.  Trapped in their ‘cursed’ home, struggling to make sense of the violence, the men are desperate for a new beginning. 

Exec Mentor – Lucy Baxter.


Ashley Francis-Roy

Ashley Francis RoyBirdbath explores the impact of a devastating accident on a young Army soldier. David's loved ones didn't ever expect him to wake up from his coma. As he rebuilds his life and identity he discovers these relationships won't ever be the same again.

Exec Mentor – Ninder Billing.


Ellen Evans 

Ellen EvansLife in Miniature is set in Bradford, Yorkshire - where Kath and her mother Margaret harbour a rather unusual obsession.

Exec Mentor – Brian Hill.



Emily Turner

Emily TurnerTen Feet High tells the story of a 16 year old with an unusual dream. A dream that would make his mum and his adopted country proud.

Exec Mentor – Kari Lia.



Hannah Keep

Hannah KeepHome Alone is about 27 year old Lucy whose parents are going on holiday. She’s left at home alone; a daunting and unnerving prospect for her.

Exec Mentor – Jane Merkin.




Rosie Baldwin

Rosie BaldwinLetters to Britain witnesses a group of pensioners, having lived through pivotal moments in British history, as they write letters to the younger generation of Britons today. 

Exec Mentor – Andy Glynne.


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