British Council is partnering with Mexican national film body IMCINE, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Docs DF and Ambulante to create Docunexion, a two-stage feature documentary training and mentorship programme.

There will be three producer-director teams from the UK and three teams from Mexico selected to attend the Docunexion sessions, which will be held in Sheffield in June and in Mexico City in October.

Applications are due by Friday April 10 and further details are available here .

Leading industry professionals from each country will serve as mentors. UK mentors already confirmed include BBC Storyville executive producerKate Townsend and Andre Singer, executive producer on Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing and Carol Morley’s Dreams of a Life.

They will help the emerging documentary filmmaking teams with conceptual development of feature-length documentaries, to help them attract interest of funders, distributors and festivals.

Will Massa, senior programme manager for film at British Council said: “We are really thrilled to be partnering with such a fantastic range of institutions and documentary professionals on this programme.

“The 2015 UK-Mexico year of exchange is the perfect context for our filmmakers and festivals to get to know each other better and lay the groundwork for exciting future collaborations.”

Wider programme

Docunexion is part of the larger arts programme running across the ‘Year of Mexico in the UK’ and ‘Year of the UK in Mexico’ in 2015.

Several other film events will take place in both countries in 2015. Highlights include:

  • a three-city Mexican tour of the BFI’s recent programme Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film;
  • a special UK programme at the Morelia Film Festival in October;
  • a ‘Women and the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema’ programme at London’s Barbican Centre in May;
  • and a country focus on Mexico at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June.