2020 WFTV Pat Llewellyn Bursary Fund Open for Applications

Updated: Feb 17

We are now accepting applications for the third year of the WFTV Pat Llewellyn Bursary Fund.


Application deadline: Monday 15 March 2021, 09:00


This year’s Pat Llewellyn Bursary fund is looking for the next compelling talent led documentary. Do you think you’ve discovered the next Stacey Dooley, Nadia Hussain or Louis Theroux? Pitch us a winning proposal and not only will we give you £10,000, we’ll also match you with a mentor to help you make your idea happen.


You have just 250 words to sell us your idea which should be suitable for commission by a UK broadcaster.


The 2020 Fund will give four successful applicants £10,000 each to develop their TV proposal. To celebrate Pat Llewellyn’s Welsh roots, and to encourage other women from Wales to follow in her creative footsteps, two places this year will be held specifically for any woman either born in or living in Wales, or with a Welsh parent.


The Fund is a collaboration between WFTV, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, All3Media and The Welsh Government.


How to apply

Before you apply for this bursary, please make sure you have read the Pat Llewellyn FAQs. These include important information about what you need to include in your application.

Applications should be submitted via this online form.


It is free to apply, but you may only submit ONE application with ONE idea. If you submit more than one application, or more than one idea in a single application, ONLY your first submission/idea will be considered.


To be eligible to apply:

  1. You must be resident in the UK.

  2. A woman or who self-identify as a woman.

  3. You do not need to be a member of WFTV.

  4. If you are the owner of a production company, your annual turnover must be below £1m. In certain cases, verification of turnover may be required.

Applications open: Monday 30 November 2020

Applications close: Monday 15 March 2021


Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by members of the awarding committee in the spring and the Bursary winners will be announced shortly after that.


More about Pat Llewellyn and the Bursary Fund

The fund was first launched in 2018 in memory of award-winning producer Pat Llewellyn. She died of metastatic breast cancer in October 2017, and the Bursary Fund was created to remember her and honour the huge contribution she made to TV programming worldwide.


Pat was a multi-award-winning producer and renowned for discovering and developing new talent. During her career, she created BBC2’s Two Fat Ladies, discovered Jamie Oliver and christened him The Naked Chef, made Gordon Ramsay famous with Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, and launched the career of Mary Portas with Mary Queen of Shops.

Pat ran Optomen, a production company with offices in London, New York and LA, which under her leadership grew from a turnover of £5m to £55m.


The Bursary is funded by BBC, ITV, Channel 4, the Welsh Government and AllThreeMedia and managed by WFTV.

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