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The Future Producer School programme, created by Sheffield Doc/Fest and Bungalow Town Productions, has succesfully run every year since its launch in 2014. Aimed at emerging producers currently working in the industry, the primary outcome of the Future Producer School is to develop industry partnerships and provide industry knowledge and experience to up and coming producers that have the ambition to become international feature documentary producers. 

Future Producer School will help producers with limited exposure to key experience necessary in delivering feature documentary projects – in finance, distribution, production management, pitching and presenting projects to the industry in the UK and internationally. 

"The FPS was a perfect introduction to being a producer; it both kicked off my career and acted as a catalyst for our current film project." - Jon McIntosh, Future Producer 2015

Future Producer School consists of a residential Lab, one-to-one mentoring, matchmade meetings and networking. The programme also prides itself on creating a network of talented and dynamic alumni who continue to support each other long after the course has finished. To find out more about the Future Producer School alumni, you can download our FPS Alumni Guide.

"I could not recommend taking part in this course highly enough. It was an amazing opportunity to broaden my thinking about sales, marketing and distribution within the documentary world, television or feature length. It was also a fantastic networking opportunity, offering a very open and honest forum to meet people and talk about the mechanics of producing." - Bianca Barker, Future Producer 2014

If you would like to find out more information about the programme, or if you would like to participate as a mentor, speaker or sponsor, please email Becky Sliwa Webb


Meet the Mentors: Bungalow Town Productions

Since Rachel Wexler and Jez Lewis set up Bungalow Town in 2004 they have made a unique mark in the world of documentary. Based in rural England, they make highly individual and compelling documentaries for worldwide audiences. They have made 11 features and several shorter films working with many talented film-makers from the UK, North America and Japan.  These films document an incredible array of stories, subjects and characters. From the story of the Afghan cricket team in their quest to get to the global stage in Out of the Ashes, a reknowned brain surgeon’s journey to save lives in the Ukraine in The English Surgeon, to a devastating train crash in Japan in Brakeless, Bungalow Town seeks to explore universal, human themes through a complex, specific and real-life prism.  

Bungalow Town films have exhibited at innumerable film festivals including Edinburgh, London, Sundance, Karlovy Vary, Hotdocs, Krakow, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Fullframe, Silverdocs and IDFA. They have also been distributed on every available platform worldwide including on the big screen. Bungalow Town have won dozens of awards, including a Grierson, an Emmy and two Peabodys.



Looking to build on the success for a fourth year, Future Producer School 2017 has now closed for applications. The course starts in February 2017. Fifteen emerging feature documentary producers will be selected for the course, and take part in an intensive 3-day residential workshop delivered by Sheffield Doc/Fest and Bungalow Town Productions, along with a host of acclaimed producers to feature as specialist speakers.



- You should want to develop feature documentaries with the ultimate goal of multi-platform releases in several international markets.

- You will have some professional experience behind you - this programme is not an entry-level talent programme.

- You should be working and living in the UK.

- You will have some experience of reaching audiences already (whether online, on TV, at festivals, on DVD or elsewhere) and will be aspiring to make the step up to making a feature and reaching broader audiences.

- You should be motivated to join a network of committed and mutually supportive filmmaking peers.

- We are proactive in selecting a diverse group of producers, and actively encourge producers from diverse backgrounds to apply

- You should be working on or have an idea for a feature documentary project that you would like to develop through the course.



Stage One

February 28 - March 2 2017

A three-day residential in Derbyshire, with workshops led by specialist producers, guest tutors and the course leaders. Previous residential guests have included Julie Goldman (Ai Weiwei: Never SorryLife, AnimatedGod Love Uganda) Lizzie Gillett & Franny Armstrong (Age of StupidMcLibel), Nikki Parrott and Natasha Dack-Ojumu (Only When I Dance, McCullin), Signe Byrge Sorensen (Act of Killing, The Look of Silence), Sara Stockmann (Armadillo, Mercy Mercy) and BBC Storyville's Kate Townsend & Jo Lapping. 

Stage Two

February - July 2017

One-to-one mentoring and support from Bungalow Town Productions’ mentors Rachel Wexler and Jez Lewis. Course participants will have access to at least 8 hours of mentoring from February through to July. 

Stage Three

June 2017

Matchmade one-to-one meetings and networking with the industry at Sheffield Doc/Fest - one-to-one and group sessions at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June 2017 with leading industry Decision Makers.

Stage Four

July 2017 onwards

The 2017 Future Producers will then be invited to join the Future Producers School alumni network, which would total 54 members after this edition. Alumni have gone on to work with high profile funders and directors on award-winning projects. You can download our Future Producer School Alumni Guide here.



Applications for Future Producer School 2017 have now closed.

If you are selected for Future Producer School, you will be required to pay a fee of £550+VAT for the full programme. The course fee is highly subsidised, and the opportunity to pay in installments is available. If you need to discuss your financial needs please email Becky Sliwa Webb

The fee includes a complimentary pass for Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 with access to film screenings, Marketplace sessions, the industry conference programme, the MarketPlayer, networking receptions and parties. If you have already purchased a pass to the Festival we will be unable to refund this as per our Refund Policy.



For all enquiries please email us.



This scheme is supported by the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund, with BFI's Film Forever National Lottery funds, and through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF).
Bungalow Town Productions
Emmy Award winning producers of unique documentaries for worldwide audiences.