Together TV’s Diverse Film Fund - Terms & Conditions 2021

This Fund is being run by Together TV (The Community Channel) to allocate five amounts of up to £10,000 towards the development, production and post-production/delivery costs of five short (ten-minute) documentaries along with mentorship, broadcast and digital distribution. 

All short documentaries need to be produced, completed and delivered to Together TV by midday Monday 16 August 2021.

1. Application period 

1. 1 The application period will run in from midday 1 March 2021 until midday 31 March 2021. 

1.2 Proposals can only be submitted via , unless alternatives are required for accessibility purposes (filmmakers can get in touch via Together TV’s main landline and on [email protected]). 

1.3 Proposals must be submitted by midday on 31 March 2021 (Closing Date). 

1.4 Individuals and companies can apply. Each proposal can be submitted only once, however there is no restriction on submitting multiple proposals. 

1.5 Proposals will be judged in accordance with the selection process set out in these terms and conditions (Terms).  The successful applicants (Producers) are responsible for ensuring they are able to accept the funds and support in accordance with these Terms, and if they are unable to do so, Together TV reserves the right to reselect and reallocate the funding. 

1.6 Submitting proposals is free but applicants should be aware that they may be subject to data charges depending on their individual arrangements for internet access.

2. Eligibility Criteria: 

2.1 This Fund is only open to nominees aged 18 or over at the time of submission who reside in, and primarily live in, the UK. 

2.2 This Fund is open to all emerging filmmakers and production companies. We particularly encourage applicants from under-represented groups in particular black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to apply. Individual applicants must not have a previous broadcast credit as Director or Producer and production companies must not have a TV broadcast credit. Applications will be considered from recent graduates from Masters or degrees in film and television.

2.3 Employees of Together TV, their associated, affiliated or subsidiary companies, their families, agents or any other person(s) connected with this Fund (including the judging panel and third party promotional partners) are excluded from applying to this Fund. 

2.4 Together TV reserves the right, with or without cause, to exclude any party and withhold funds for violating any of these Terms. Together TV reserve the right to amend these Terms and any amendments to them will be published on the Promoter’s website.

2.5 Proposals submitted after the Closing Date will not be valid. 

2.6 Incomplete, false, or fraudulent proposals or those that do not conform to all terms of the Eligibility Criteria will be invalid. 

2.7 Producers agree to allow the free use of their name, photographs and general locations for publicity and news purposes during this and future promotions by Together TV.

2.8 If any individual or production company is determined to have actually or allegedly breached any of these Terms they may be disqualified. If any Producer is disqualified, Together TV reserves the right to select another Producer via the relevant judging panel.

3. Application Form Criteria: 

3.1 You promise that your proposal is legitimate and you have the rights to submit your proposal under  these Terms. 

3.2 You promise that your entry will not be or contain material which Together TV deems to be defamatory, libelous or slanderous, or which might embarrass someone or invade their privacy, or be vulgar, tasteless or obscene, racist, abusive, malicious or derogatory toward an individual or business entity, or be otherwise inappropriate.

3.3 You promise that all the information entered on the application form is true and accurate

3.4 You promise that all production staff will be paid fairly 

3.5 You promise that you will be able to develop, produce, post-produce and deliver your proposed short documentary to Together TV by midday Monday 16 August 2021

4. Selection Process

4.1 A shortlisting panel from Together TV(Shortlisting Panel) will shortlist all valid proposals down to 10, based on the following shortlisting criteria:

i. does the entry meet the Eligibility Criteria set out above; and

ii. how the documentary reflects black lives and communities in the UK today

iii. the originality of the concept and creativity of the execution

iv.  the effectiveness of the proposalto create positive change and impactaudiences

4.2 The 10 shortlisted proposals will be put forward to our judging panel, which will contain at least one independent member (Final Panel) and will select the five Producers. At this point we will request a budget from each of the shortlisted 10. The Final Panel will judge the 10 proposals in accordance with the following judging criteria:

i. how the documentary reflects black lives and communities in the UK today

ii. the originality of the concept and creativity of the execution

iii. the effectiveness of the proposal to create positive change and impact audiences

iv. understanding of  characters and narrative

v. demonstration of some prior production experience

vi. how realistic the budget is and whether it ensures everyone is being paid fairly 

vii. understanding of Together TV's audience and how the project addresses them 

viii. alignment with Together TV's channel ethos to inspire positive change

4.3 The Final Panel’s decision shall be discussed by and put to votes by the Final Panel where the five Producers will be decided on a majority vote. 

4.4 There will be five Producers. Producers shall be notified by telephone on Friday 16th April and will be informed of the details of how to receive the funding and support.

5. The Funds & Support 

5.1 There are five amounts of up to £10,000available for the five Producers. The Funds and Support per Producer are: 

i. Up to £10,000 towards the development, production, post-production and delivery costs of a 10 minute short documentary, which will be paid in three installments when invoiced; £5,000 initial payment to fund pre-production and production, a £3,000 second payment to fund production and post-production and £2,000 upon delivery of the completed film. 

ii. a shared aggregate total of 8 hours of mentoring time from industry mentors across the pre-production, production and post-production (April to August 2021). Times, dates, details and method of such advice and/or mentoring is at the sole discretion of Together TV and subject to availability; and 

iii. each short documentary to be broadcast on Together TV on TV and online in October 2021. Together TV is a national TV channel on Freeview 82, Sky 170, Virgin Media 269 and freesat 164 and has 4m monthly viewers. The films will also be made available online and to our 2m monthly social media audience. 

6. Data/Privacy policy

6.1 Uses of personal data received by Together TV is subject to the privacy policy on Together TV's website which is compliant with the Data Protection Act and GDPR. 

7. General Terms

7.1 There is no additional cash or other alternative to the Funds states and the Funds are not transferable and no part of the Fund may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions. 

7.2 The Shortlisting Panel and Final Panel’s decision is binding. No correspondence will be entered into.

7.3 Together TV will not be liable for technical, hardware, or software failures of any kind or lost or unavailable network connections, which may limit or prohibit an applicant's ability to submit a proposal.

7.4 Completion and submission of the application form or consenting will be deemed acceptance of these Terms.

7.5 Together TV serve the right at any time to cancel, modify or supersede these Terms if, in their sole discretion, this process is not capable for being conducted as specified.  

7.6 Together TV reserves the right to disqualify proposals that do not meet the criteria. In the event of a dispute, the decision of Together TV shall be final and legally binding. No correspondence will be entered into.

7.7 Whilst Together TV will make all reasonable endeavours to broadcast the Producers completed films on its TV and/or social media channels, it reserves the right not to do so if for technical or editorial reasons it deems them unsuitable for  broadast.

7.8 If any provision or part of these Terms are deemed void or otherwise unenforceable in law, then that provision or part shall be deemed excluded and the remainder of these Terms shall remain in force. 

7.9 The Terms, the conduct of this competition and the interpretation and enforcement of these Terms shall be exclusively governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. Applicants irrevocably submit to the courts of England. 

7.10 The Community Channel operating as Together TV is a charitable Community Benefit Society registered with the FCA (RS007400).


March 2021