Black Britain Unspoken – Terms and Conditions

  1. By submitting an entry to the Black Britain Unspoken Project (“Project”), you will be deemed to have read and understood these terms and conditions and to have agreed to be bound by them.
  2. You are responsible for (i) ensuring the information you provide is correct and (ii) you can adhere to the requirements and criteria as set out in these Terms and Conditions. In the event you are unable to do so then your entry may be deemed invalid and any prize may be forfeited.
  3. This Project is run by Discovery Corporate Services Limited whose registered address is Discovery House, Chiswick Park Building 2, London W4 5YB, United Kingdom, with Company number: 08597513 (“Discovery”) and Media Trust whose registered address is Invicta House, 108-114 Golden Lane, London, England, EC1Y 0TL with company number 02895790 (“Media Trust”).
  4.  Eligibility Criteria for entrants

a. The Project is open to entrants who are resident in the UK, meaning England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and identify as Black and British. This excludes employees and family members of employees of Discovery, Media Trust and their associated, affiliated, or subsidiary companies, agents, or anyone connected with this competition, including the third-party promotional partners. Anyone else professionally connected with the Project is also excluded from entering.

b. Entrants must be eighteen (18) years or over. Proof of identification may be required by Media Trust or Discovery

c. Entrants must not have more than three previous broadcast credits (as Director or Producer)

d. Entrants must be available:

i. to attend a Project webinar at 12pm on 18th May 2022 or to watch the recording of this webinar;

ii. to attend a Pitching workshop on 14th June 2022 via Zoom 12-2pm;

iii. to attend a pitching day at Discovery’s offices at Discovery House Chiswick, on 17th June 2022 OR to pitch via Zoom on this day;

iv. for production and shooting days during July/August 2022, exact dates will be agreed with Entrant;

v. for PR and promo events during September and October 2022, exact dates will be agreed with Entrant;


5. How to Enter

a. The application period will run from launch on the afternoon of  9th May 2022 until 6th June 2022 at 23.59. Proposals submitted after the closing date will not be accepted and deemed invalid.

b. During this time, proposals can only be submitted via, unless alternatives are required for accessibility purposes (filmmakers can get in touch via [email protected])

c. Individuals and partnerships/groups can apply. Each idea can be submitted only once, however there is no restriction on submitting multiple proposals.


6. Proposal Criteria

Your proposal should be no more than two hundred and fifty (250) words describing your idea for a short documentary of approximately five (5) minutes in length that can be made within 2 months and within a budget of five thousand pounds (£5,000) that reflects experiences of being Black in the UK.

You warrant and represent:

a. that your proposal is authentic;

b. you/your group is the sole creator of the material submitted and own all right, title, and interest in and to, or have the valid right to use, all material contained;

c. if your proposal contains any material or elements that are not owned by you, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the materials by Discovery in the manner set forth in these terms and conditions, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the materials. Failure to provide such proof upon request may render the material unacceptable and result in disqualification. All material found to be copied or plagiarised (whether in whole or part), infringing the copyright of a third party, and/or used and submitted by an entrant without the relevant approvals, authorisations or permission shall be disqualified immediately;

d. Your entry will not contain material that is defamatory, libellous or slanderous about its subjects or anyone else featured, nor will it invade privacy or be abuse or derogatory toward an individual, organisation or business entity, or be otherwise inappropriate.

7. Shortlisting

A shortlisting panel from Media Trust will review all valid proposals and select between ten and fifteen (10-15) entries to be put forward to the pitching day. Shortlisting criteria is as follows:

  • Eligibility
  • How well the idea reflects Black British life in the UK today
  • Originality
  • Feasibility (within budget – approx. five thousand pounds (£5,000) to cover external hard costs. In addition, Discovery’s in-house team will supply resources which will amplify the total production spend)

Shortlisted entrants only will be notified via email by 10th June 2022 and will be invited to a Pitching workshop with Media Trust on 13th June 2022 to prepare for the pitching day to present their proposals to a panel of judges.

8. Final selection

After the pitching day the Judging Panel from Discovery will choose three to five (3-5) documentaries to be produced. The final Judging Criteria will be based on the

  • Eligibility
  • How well the idea reflects Black British life in the UK today
  • Originality
  • Feasibility (within budget and schedule)
  • Suitability
  • Legality

All entrants who are successful at this stage will be notified via email by the end of June 2022 and be invited to produce their project into a short film of approximately five (5) minutes in length to be exploited on Discovery’s platforms (the “Prize”). Out-of-pocket reasonable pre-agreed expenses incurred in relation to the entrant’s provision of the services during production expenses will be paid.

If you proceed to Final Selection you will be required to negotiate and sign a licence agreement with Discovery on Discovery’s standard acquisition terms which will:

  • grant Media Trust and Discovery the non-exclusive right to reproduce, publish and make available to the public your footage and photographs and any other content or materials you provide to us for this competition by all means, platforms and in all media throughout the universe in perpetuity for the purposes of advertising and publicity.
  • (without limiting the foregoing) licence the right for Discovery to air and make available to the public your film exclusively from 1st October – 31st December 2022 on any Discovery channel, content service, website or other platform in the UK. Any copyright in your contribution will remain with you so you can continue to use the material you contribute after 31st December 2022, including allowing others to use it. 

9. Data and Privacy Policy

  • Personally identifying information and data (“Personal Data“) which is provided by Entrants when submitting projects will be held and used by Media Trust, Discovery and their service providers, network operators, suppliers and contractors in order to administer and fulfil the Project as set out. Any Personal Data will be used in accordance with either Discovery or Media Trust’s privacy policy. For Discovery’s full privacy policy and how Personal Data will be used, go to can read Media Trust’s full Data/Privacy policy here.
  • The Finalists’ and the Winner’s names may be published on Discovery Platforms and Media Trust’s website and social channels, as well as any and all other external promotional or PR activities either stakeholder chooses to run. Entrants agree to such use of their image in any Media Trust and Discovery marketing materials, unless specifically stated otherwise by the participant.

10. General terms

  • The Shortlisting Panel and Final Panel’s decision is binding (provided the Participants aren’t found to have breached the terms and conditions above), and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Entrants expressly declare and represent that (i) they submit to English law and jurisdiction in participating in this Project
  • Discovery reserves the right to terminate or modify these terms and conditions prior to the closing date, vary details of the prize, or substitute a prize of equivalent value should unforeseen circumstances require it.
  • The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and non-refundable and there is no cash alternative in whole or in part. The prize is subject to availability. In the event of circumstances outside of its control Discovery reserves the right to substitute a similar or alternative prize of equal or greater value. The prize must be taken by the winners unless agreed otherwise in writing by Discovery.

11. Discovery cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any participant entering a Project or as a result of accepting any prize. Discovery is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment or software, failure of any entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet, or at any website, including any injury to or resulting from participation or downloading of any materials in the Competition.


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