Broadcast and film

We help develop broadcast and film entertainment that explores the human condition. Our productions ask big questions that are stimulated by biomedical research. We want to reach people who aren't usually interested in traditional science programmes.

We support factual and drama projects. This includes documentary, factual entertainment, drama, comedy and children's programmes.

Our broadcast showreel

Our showreel highlights some of the TV, radio, cinema and online releases we've supported.

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Our work in factual

The best factual productions use powerful storytelling to engage, entertain and challenge us with new ideas and perspectives.

Funding

We fund factual programmes and feature documentaries through our Public Engagement Fund. This scheme replaces our Development Fund and Co-production Fund.

We also offer Science Media Studentships for PhD-level biomedical researchers. They provide support to undertake postgraduate courses in Science Media Production at Imperial College London.

Projects we've supported recently include:

To find out about our upcoming projects, follow us on Twitter.

The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, Katie Hyams (2015). Courtesy of Channel 4.

The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, Katie Hyams (2015). Courtesy of Channel 4.

Our initiatives

We support Sheffield International Documentary Festival (Doc/Fest), one of the biggest documentary festivals in the world. We host festival events that encourage creative conversations between film-makers and scientists.

One of our contributions to Sheffield Doc/Fest is the Storytelling and Innovation Award. It celebrates the best in science storytelling at the festival.

The World Congress of Science Producers Mentoring Scheme sends four emerging producers to a leading factual programming event. The scheme includes mentoring from a senior producer or broadcaster and several networking opportunities.

We run a range of workshops for producers and biomedical researchers. Participants develop stories and create new working relationships. Previous workshops include:

Our work in drama

Great drama can change the way we think about ourselves and others in a significant and long-lasting way. We're looking for original and surprising stories that make us think about what it means to be human in a world of constant scientific advance.

Funding

We fund TV, radio and film drama through our Public Engagement Fund. This scheme replaces our Development Fund and Co-production Fund.

We also offer Science Media Studentships for PhD-level biomedical researchers. They provide support to undertake MA courses in Screenwriting and Directing Fiction at the National Film and Television School.

Projects we've supported recently include:

To find out about our upcoming projects, follow us on Twitter.

Our initiatives

The Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship in partnership with BFI and Film4 is an annual industry-nominated award for an established screenwriter or writer/director.

The NFTS Bridges to Industry for Drama is a competition for recent National Film and Television School graduates. The winner gets funding to develop a one-hour drama programme for Sky Atlantic.

We partner with BAFTA Crew on masterclasses and events for emerging talent in games, film and television.

We run a range of story workshops for writers, producers and biomedical researchers. Participants develop stories for radio and screen and create new working relationships.

Previous workshops include:

We host informal networking evenings in Wellcome Collection for writers, directors and scientists. Participants explore ideas inspired by Wellcome Collection exhibitions and big themes in science.

How to find an expert

Collaborations between biomedical researchers and the creative industries are at the heart of what we do. Many researchers are keen to share their work, and we encourage you to approach them directly. Most of them have their contact details online.

If you're not sure who to approach, try searching for articles on your topic through Europe PMC. Other useful organisations and publications include:

Joining the Wellcome Library gives you access to several Nature Publishing Group journals online. By visiting the library building, you can use Scopus, JSTOR and many other resources for free.

If you're in the USA, the Science and Entertainment Exchange may be able to help.

Contact us

If you have any questions, contact Iain Dodgeon:

Funding

See our public engagement funding schemes