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Clintons documentary award

Clintons documentary award

Legal Fees Award for Environmental Documentary Filmmakers

Clintons is an award-winning boutique law firm based in London. It is a market leader in media and entertainment law and advisor to pre-eminent clients at the cutting edge of the creative and technological industries.

With the UK hosting the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November 2021 and pressure building to establish a coherent diplomatic position, 2021 is a pivotal year for the environment and global attitudes towards climate change. In anticipation of a decisive COP summit, the Film & TV team at Clintons has been considering how film can be used as a medium to intensify audience engagement with the planet’s pressing issues. Whilst film alone cannot save the world, storytelling is a powerful tool to inspire change in people, priorities and political agendas.

Clintons invites filmmakers to present ideas for feature length or multi-part series documentaries that explore issues, solutions or innovations relating to the environment. The Clintons Green Shoots Environmental Award 2021 will support, through the provision of documentary film-related legal services, three talented filmmakers in their work to create factual stories that aim to cultivate awareness about the environment. The Award is free to enter but please read the entry requirements carefully before making your application.

The Award

The first prize winner will be awarded legal services from Clintons with a value of up to £25,000. The legal services will be provided by a talented team of film and TV lawyers, giving the selected filmmaker a unique opportunity to focus precious budgets on producing an important documentary about the environment.

The second prize winner will be awarded legal services from Clintons with a value of up to £5,000 for development of their production.

The third prize will be mentoring from one or more members of the jury appointed to decide the Award winners.

The Jury

The winners of the Clintons Green Shoots Environmental Award 2021 will be selected by a jury of established filmmakers, industry professionals and senior lawyers at Clintons.

Entry Requirements

  • Filmmakers with documentary ideas of all genres may apply; however, the subject-matter must explore issues, solutions or innovations relating to the environment, climate, sustainability, nature or ecology.
  • Submissions must be well-developed and well-researched with some confirmed access to central subjects, consultants, experts, organisations and locations (as applicable). Conceptual proposals will not be considered.
  • There is no specific level of expertise required but applicants will be asked to demonstrate that they are able to deliver a production based on their submitted proposal. Filmmakers with a track record in documentary feature film or series production are preferred.
  • Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview or to participate in a telephone or video conference interview with members of the jury for the Award.
  • Shortlisted applicants will need to be available on 1 October 2021 to attend an event announcing the Award.
  • Applicants must agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions.

Apply Now

Your application will only be reviewed once the entry form is complete. The deadline for applications has been extended to midnight on 3 September 2021. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide:
1. Your Biography/Filmography
An up-to-date biography/filmography with relevant details about you and which MUST include your email address and phone number (1000 word limit).
2. About your Pitch
Details about the idea for your production (1000 word limit) which must include:
•    the environmental subject-matter of the production; 
•    whether the production idea is story/character driven or issue based; 
•    the style, narrative and story arc of the production; 
•    the target audience; and
•    development milestones achieved to date, including any confirmed subject access.
3. Your Showreel/Sizzle
Please provide the correct password if your link is password protected
4. Marketing Materials
Marketing materials including:
•    personal or production website URL (if any); and 
•    personal or production social media handles (if any).

Personal or production website URL
Website url
How Did You Hear About Us?
how did you find us
I agree to the Terms and Conditions
All of the information required as part of the application process is included on this website. If your application is incomplete, it will not be considered. We will not be able to provide further information to applicants or feedback on individual applications.




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