Black Britain Unspoken

Warner Bros. Discovery, in collaboration with Media Trust, is running an exciting filmmaking initiative aimed at Black British storytellers, filmmakers, and creatives to share perspectives and experiences of being Black and British.

Warner Bros. Discovery and Media Trust have collaborated again in 2023, along with new production partner Bounce Cinema, to run Black Britain Unspoken, a filmmaking initiative aimed at giving Black British storytellers, filmmakers, and creatives space to share perspectives and experiences of being Black and British.

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Applications for the Black Britain Unspoken 2023 programme are now closed. 

In 2023 we invited, for the second year running, Black British storytellers, filmmakers and creatives to apply and pitch their film concepts to the Black Britain Unspoken commissioning panel with the chance to produce and release a short unscripted film on discovery+ during October’s Black History Month.

This year Media Trust developed and delivered a continuing professional development training programme to run alongside the production, including topics such as Nailing your Pitch, Interview Techniques, Ethics + Objectivity and Impact Strategy.

Find out more on the Warner Bros. Discovery Access site.

All three of this year’s short films are now available for streaming on discovery+.

To be eligible for the project, the filmmakers have to:

  • Identify as Black (or of Black Heritage) and British
  • Be aged 18 or older
  • Have the right to work in the UK
  • Have no more than three broadcast credits as a director or writer or have written or directed a feature length film or documentary

Full terms and conditions can be read here. If you’d like to know more about Black Britain Unspoken from the Media Trust side you can get in touch with [email protected] and from the Warner Bros. Discovery side you can contact [email protected]. If you’re a broadcaster, production company or corporate partner, and wondering how to get involved with initiatives like this, you can email [email protected]

Black Britain Unspoken 2022 programme

In 2022 Warner Bros. Discovery partnered with Media Trust and produced three short-form documentaries, from the over one hundred submissions received, which aired on Warner Bros. Discovery platforms during Black History Month 2022. Ten shortlisted creatives went through an industry pitching process at Warner Bros. Discovery’s London offices and the three greenlit projects were provided with a production budget, production support, and expenses covered, as well as the support of a mentor from Warner Bros. Discovery.

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