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The Film & TV Funding Award is awarded annually to an emerging filmmaker from anywhere in Zambia with the most promising pitch for a director-led documentary which fulfils the core criteria detailed below. With a main award worth K200,000 and a runner-up contribution of K50,000 in 2022, The Live Access  Zambia Film & TV Funding Award is one of the most significant documentary awards in the Zambia.

Applications for 2022-2023 are now open.

Key dates for 2022-2023 round:

  • 4th August 2022: Applications open
  • Monday 7th December 2022 (Midnight GMT)
  • Late January 2023: Shortlisted projects announced
  • Beginning of Feb 2023: Finalists pitch their projects at Live Access UK Studios 
  • End of Feb 2023: Winner of the Film & TV Funding Award announced. 


  • Storyteller with demonstrably strong interviewing skills.
  • Demonstrates passion for the subject whilst retaining fair-mindedness.
  • Demonstrates a real sense of independence.
  • Personal but not partisan.
  • Wry humour welcome.


  • Unique access to engaging characters in unusual or inaccessible locations.
  • Allows contributor’s story to emerge in their own words.
  • Demonstrates a flair for coaxing the human spirit into revealing itself.
  • The author demonstrates intimacy with but does not overshadow the subject.


  • Spirit of inquisitiveness that leaves viewers wanting more.
  • Tells us about something new and unexpected about the world.
  • Excites wonder.
  • Understands how wit can illuminate the toughest or most nuanced real life drama.


  • No campaigning, pre-set agendas or political theories.


  • Playful with storytelling means – breaking new ground and/or using old ground to re-invent new style

  • Must be the filmmaker or filmmakers’ first 50+ minute documentary film where they own the director or co-director credit
  • Open to filmmakers from anywhere in Southern Africa. We encourage  Zambian filmmakers to apply.
  • Projects must be at the late development to early production stage at the time of applying – this is not a finishing fund
  • Award money is available to individual filmmakers. Therefore applicants must either: provide proof of production experience ; have a nominated production company on board to create a dedicated project account for their film; or confirm that they are willing to set up a limited company and dedicated project account if shortlisted.
  • Up to six minutes of original taster footage is required at the time of applying
  • Must be accessible for an English-speaking audience – whether in the English language, or subtitled in English
  • Applicants must have an executive producer on board at the time of applying.
  • Should they be shortlisted, applicants must be available to travel to the UK in February 2023 to pitch their project at Live Access UK studios (reasonable travel and accommodation covered by Live Access)
  • No Application fee is required  (Terms and Conditions)
  • Only completed application forms will be considered.

    We recommend that, well in advance of the deadline, you go through the full application questions in order to prepare your answers according to the requested word limits, and gather the necessary links and information. You can download a Word template of the application form to help you to prepare your answers in advance by clicking the button link at the end of this section; email: if you have further queries.  In the meantime, you can expect to answer questions on the following:

    Section 1: Title; logline; up to 300 words on how your project meets the criteria

    Section 2: Personal and contact details; your role in the project

    Section 3: Password protected link to teaser footage; publicity and deadline agreements

    Section 4: Your treatment; up to 2000 word synopsis of your project; an estimated budget (in Kwacha) of various elements in production and post-production of the film; any existing funding or plans for future funding; details of your production company (or project account/fiscal sponsor); details of your executive producer; confirmation that your project complies with our majority sponsor criteria (see section 4.8 in the Funding Award Terms and Conditions)

    Section 5: Your background in documentary making (if any); 50 words on how you learnt your filmmaking skills; 50 words on what inspires you to make documentaries; 50 words on how the funding will benefit your project; 50 words on why an audience would really love your film; confirm that you or a member of your team will be able to attend a live pitching event in the UK in February 2023; your compliance with rules on transferring funds; your agreement with our terms and conditions.

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