The Pat Llewellyn Bursary Fund was launched earlier this year with the aim of finding, and funding, women with the best, boldest and most creative factual entertainment or factual TV projects.
The initiative is a joint collaboration between WFTV, the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV and was set up in memory of award-winning producer Pat Llewellyn. Pat was renowned for discovering and developing new talent, she created BBC2’s Two Fat Ladies, discovered Jamie Oliver and christened him The Naked Chef, made Gordon Ramsay famous with Channel 4’s Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, and launched the career of Mary Portas with Mary Queen of Shops.
Applications are open to any woman with a unique project and a passion for TV. The Pat Llewellyn Bursary is not about academic qualifications or industry contacts, it’s about the most exciting ideas. So each year, a total of £30,000 will awarded to up to three candidates to help them develop their passion projects – which could be a one-off documentary or a series.
To celebrate Pat’s Welsh roots, and to encourage other women from Wales to follow in her creative footsteps, one place each year will be held specifically for any woman either born in or living in Wales or with a Welsh parent. The other winner or winners can come from anywhere in the UK.
The deadline for this year’s applications is Sunday 22 July.
Find out more about the Fund and how to apply here.
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