THE FUNDING AWARDS
These are the primary focus of the Whicker’s World Foundation.
Applications for our 2017 Funding Award open on 18th September 2017
Each year £80,000 will be awarded to a new director with the most promising pitch for an authored documentary which fulfils the core criteria of the foundation and can be completed for screening with this award.
The money will be paid in instalments to the director’s film company, enabling a project which deserves to be realised, to reach as wide an audience as possible.
A second award of £15,000 will be granted to contribute to a film fund for a runner-up.
Applications for our 2017 Radio & Audio Funding Award open on 18th September 2017
For 2017 we are introducing a new Funding Award for Radio and Audio documentary projects in association with the Radio Academy. The Whicker’s World Radio and Audio Funding Award (RAFA) has a £5,000 first prize and £2,000 runner up award.
The money will be paid to the producer’s audio production company or to the individual (if they are applying as a sole producer) enabling a project which deserves to be realised, to reach as wide an audience as possible.
THE RECOGNITION AWARDS
In addition to our funding awards there are two further annual prizes to recognise completed work: the ‘Audio Award’ and the ‘Sage Award’, the latter of which is for the finest industry newcomer over the age of fifty.
Applications for our 2017 Audio Recognition Award open on September 18th 2017
Alan worked in radio before TV and was snapped up by Radio 2 in the late 1990s, adding what Jim Moir, the Controller from 1996 to 2003, described as “great lustre to my network”. Initially Alan’s radio programmes revolved around re-visiting his most memorable encounters from Whicker’s World: from the ‘Ten Pound Poms’ to Margaret Rutherford’s transsexual adoptee who ‘gave birth’ to a mixed-race daughter in South Carolina. He went on to create a radio history of television called It’ll Never Last.
The Whicker’s World Foundation will award an annual £5,000 prize for the best audio project, of over 15 minutes in length. A runner-up will receive £2,000.
Applications for our 2017 Sage Awards close 26th March 2017
‘Retirement’ was not a word Alan knew. He was 83 when he wrote and presented Whicker’s War, a much acclaimed account of his army experiences in Italy for Channel 4. He made his last series for BBC Two, Journey of a Lifetime, in his late eighties. Persistently irritated by any reference to his age, he came to abhor the casual ageism he saw around him.
To help recognise a TV or audio professional who has come to air with an authored story for the first time, an annual prize of £5,000 will be awarded annually with an over 50 qualification age.
Submissions of no more than 10 minutes; this can be for presentation or production, but must be their own work. A runner-up will receive £2,000.