She has helped develop filmmakers 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, Jane has worked for Discovery, Turner, BBC Worldwide, UKTV and the Africa channel. She is also Director of UK-based beechtobeach ltd.
The Whickers is a fund for first time Directors of documentaries with unique access to a hitherto unseen or unknown world. With a top award of £80,000 the fund is aimed at proposals for lower budget documentaries in film, TV or audio at the late development or early production stage. The winners are announced annually at Sheffield International Documentary Festival. The Whickers is open to original narrative-driven stories from emerging talent from around the world that has not previously directed films of 50 mins or longer.
CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR: The Whickers ONLY funds first time Directors of feature length films (52 mins or longer) in late development/early production. They are seeking non-partisan stories that take us to new worlds told through the eye of the Director. They fund a 58 minute TV length feature but many of the winners go on to make cinematic length features.