Louis Theroux is on the hunt for the next big on-screen documentary filmmaker, and it could be you.
The world-famous broadcaster’s production company Mindhouse has teamed up with The TV Foundation, Amazon Prime Video and The TriForce Creative Network to launch an exciting new talent search called Looking for Louis.
Interested? Here’s how to apply.
Applicants will be required to submit a one-page pitch for a two-minute documentary.
Entries will then be trimmed down to ten people who will progress to the next stage – filming their documentary on a mobile phone.
Six finalists will then be invited to screen their micro-docs at the Edinburgh TV Festival, where Theroux and his partners Nancy Strang and Arron Fellows will pick the winner.
The winner of the competition will receive a six-month contract with Mindhouse’s creative team, helping to develop and then pitch ideas to commissioning parties.
— Edinburgh TV Festival (@EdinburghTVFest) July 14, 2021
An additional 12-month mentorship with Prime Video will also be offered, overseen by Amazon Studios Unscripted Executive, Fozia Khan.
Speaking about the incredible opportunity, Louis said: “I am very excited to be part of this initiative. For me, one of the best parts of launching Mindhouse is being involved behind the scenes with new talent who can tell fresh stories in different and exciting ways.
“We need to safeguard the future of irreverent and intelligent on-camera reporting by bringing up the next generation of presenters.”
Campbell Glennie, managing director of The TV Foundation, said: “The TV Foundation is all about reaching out to, and discovering, new talent and showcasing that working in TV can be a career for anyone.
“Our schemes aim to ensure those who work in TV are as diverse as those watching it and in this initiative, spearheaded by the force of nature that is Louis Theroux, is a natural extension to our activity to find the industry leaders of tomorrow.
“We thank Louis, Mindhouse, Amazon Prime Video and TCN for teaming up with us to make this happen. The session at the festival itself is going to be a must-watch for talent-spotters everywhere.”
The application reads: “We’re looking for exciting micro-documentary ideas, with the filmmaker front and centre as the on-screen talent.
“This should be an idea you can present in a two-minute short film, filmed on your mobile phone.
“It should be a film you can easily shoot, without having to get access to somewhere difficult or requiring special equipment as if you’re selected as one of the 10 shortlisted entries, you’ll need to make it yourself in a week! You can shoot it yourself or enlist a friend to help you.
Enjoy 25 years of @louistheroux as he reconnects with some of the most fascinating people he’s documented.
— BBC Select (@bbcselect) June 14, 2021
“Whether your idea is about telling a story we’ve never seen on TV before, or whether it’s simply a universal story told by a different voice, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for talent who represent the society that we live in, and who will offer different perspectives, experiences and opinions.
“You might have never worked in TV before but spend all your spare time making YouTube and TikTok content, or you might be a budding broadcast journalist looking for an opportunity to present your own documentary or just someone with a great idea who’s confident in front of a camera!
“If you live in the UK, and you’ve got a great idea for a two-minute documentary, we want to hear it.”
Submissions are open from midday on Monday, July 12, to 11:59pm on Tuesday, July 27.
The opportunity is open to individuals in the United Kingdom who are at least 18 years of age.
You can apply here.
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