The Documentary Company, the new EIS Fund geared toward producing socially relevant feature and TV documentaries, is now up and running - and looking for projects to support.

The company, which has offices in London and Manchester,  is managed by producer Sheryl Crown (Solomon and Gaenor).

The idea is to provide commercial equity financing for a range of films across the documentary spectrum.

“Following the closure of the first round of investment, our objective is to fund a number of exciting documentary projects with award-winning film makers across Features and Television,” Crown said. “We are seeking creatively distinctive, commercially viable documentaries that cover the categories of Human Interest, Nature and the Environment, Politics and Music.Our aim is to work with established partners and encourage original and talented film makers to reach wide audiences with strong yet entertaining stories. At this difficult time for the industry we are pleased to be offering new support to filmmakers.”

Crown wouldn’t reveal specifics of fund amounts but said that the new outfit has placed a ceiling of maximum investments at £150,000. It won’t invest more than 50% of any budget. The Documentary Company is looking to produce relatively low budget films with (its website states) “professional production values, a strong documentary subject, and a recognizable contributor talent behind or in front of camera to maximize recoupment potential.”