Group Supervision for Documentary Filmmakers
Call for Entries

Deadline: 29th January 2021

Supervision and group supervision is a confidential space that is typically used by therapists or people in helping roles to support their work – to reflect and provide structure to their working process.

Therapy and making documentaries have a lot in common – both require us to consider how our presence can impact on others we’re working with; to explore and challenge the ethical boundaries within our work and to consider the wider world that impacts us and the films we make. In response to many filmmakers voicing a need for a similar shared space to work through these questions, we are piloting group supervision to explore how this type of support could deepen documentary practice.

Aims of Supervision

  • To anchor and connect with others in the face of dealing with trauma, complex relationships and the demands of the industry.
  • A space to think about sustaining motivation to tell your story, to step back when you need to and refocus.
  • To consider and challenge your own values, creating a space to debate ethical issues within the storytelling.


The group will consist of two facilitators (Rebecca Day & Rupert Williams) & five documentary filmmakers, either already established or working on their first feature.


All sessions will be on a Tuesday, 6pm – 8pm GMT

2021 dates:

23rd February
23rd March
27th April
25th May
30th June
28th July


All 6 sessions will take place on zoom. Applications welcome from international filmmakers. Please be able to commit to at least 5 out of the 6 dates listed.


Rebecca Day
Psychotherapist & Producer

Rebecca is a qualified psychotherapist, freelance documentary producer and the founder of Film In Mind. She works with clients internationally as a therapist, a supervisor and a consultant.  Previously, she worked with the Scottish Documentary Institute as a producer and impact producer. She produced Becoming Animal (2018, Emma Davie & Peter Mettler) and is currently producing a feature documentary titled Silent Men, directed by Duncan Cowles about men’s mental health. 

Rupert Williams
Filmmaker & Social Worker

Rupert is a social worker and filmmaker, currently training in Systemic Psychotherapy (Family Therapy) with over ten years of experience in a variety of roles across the public and voluntary sector.His first short as producer, Landline (2018) was awarded a Grierson for Best Short and his directorial debut, Bathroom Privaleges picked up a Research in Film award for Best Animation.

How to apply:

Please email Rebecca & Rupert with your motivations for taking part in this group, including the areas of your project or of your personal development you may want to focus on. We accept motivations in the following formats:

  • Written text (no more than 300 words)
  • A video Pitch (max, 2 mins in length)
  • Audio Recording (max, 2 mins in length)

 Please also send us your most up to to date biography. All materials to:


Deadline: 29th January 2021

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