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Great Big Story and Genesis are proud to congratulate the two finalists selected for the Genesis Student Film Fellowship. Each will receive a $20,000 grant to turn their short documentary dreams into realities, with close mentorship from a dedicated Great Big Story senior producer.
The student films will make their premieres on the global stage this fall, with screenings scheduled at the Busan International Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival. Following these debuts, the films will be available on Great Big Story.
And now the fellows:
Ed Hancox is a filmmaker based in Texas, where he is currently a candidate in the M.F.A. Film Production program at the University of Texas at Austin.
His 2016 documentary film 219 was a BAFTA finalist and premiered at the Academy Award®-qualifying Palm Springs ShortFest. When it was released on the BBC’s on-demand service iPlayer, it was among the top ten most-streamed programs nationwide. Radio Times — the UK’s most prestigious TV guide — listed the “excellent” film as one of “5 things to watch right now”.
Hancox is a director and cinematographer for BBC Three’s Amazing Humans. His December 2017 report on a 77-year old ballet dancer was a viral sensation and the most-viewed film in the strand’s history, with 40,000,000 views on Facebook alone.
Previously, Hancox was based in London, where he worked as Online Producer for Unreported World, Channel 4’s foreign affairs documentary strand. He also produced for Channel 4 News. He has worked for international broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, the CBC (Canada), SBS (Australia) and NRK (Norway).
In 2011–12, Hancox spent 18 months working in Tunisia, where he produced documentaries about the aftermath of the Tunisian Revolution and helped set up an online video platform for citizen journalists.
You can watch more of Hancox’s work on his website.
InA Choi believes that if six billion people live on the physical planet, there are six billion metaphysical planets here.
She is a traveler of this multi-verse.
InA’s primary focus is film study, but she has interest in all kinds of media and believes everything can be the media.
She has made several narrative and documentary films as a director including, “Log-Out” (TRT 20min, 2015) and “Alice in Neverland “(TRT 22min, 2017).
Her documentary film “Undercover Paradise” (TRT 21min, 2016) made its world premiere in the eighth DMZ International Documentary Film Festival as part of the Asian Docs Co-Production Network.
Choi is currently enrolled in K’ARTS’ (Korea National University of Arts) School of Film, TV, and Multimedia undergraduate filmmaking program. She spent the previous academic year in an exchange program at Virginia Commonwealth University where she focused on kinetic imaging.
Watch more from Choi on her website.