The Grierson trust

The Grierson Trust commemorates the pioneering Scottish documentary maker John Grierson (1898 - 1972), famous for Drifters and Night Mail and the man widely regarded as the father of the documentary.

Each year, The Grierson Trust recognises the best documentary filmmaking from Britain and abroad through the British Documentary Awards. The Trust encourages new filmmakers through its Education and Mentoring schemes.


At the Grierson Awards this year we were disappointed to see so few women represented in the winning films and entries for the Presenter category. We discussed this at the Televisual Factual Festival. The panel includes Lorraine Heggessey, Chair of The Grierson Trust, Toral Dixit, Brian Woods, Bettany Hughes and Jill Nicholls.

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