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Jess Search

Doc Society Co-Founder
15 May 1969 to 31 July 2023

A British documentary producer, who not only made documentaries but also supported the making of many others across the world through the Doc Society. After working in Channel 4’s documentaries department as commissioning editor, Jess Search left in 2005 to co-found the BRITDOC Foundation, the UK’s first organisation supporting documentary-making, which then morphed into the more global Doc Society. Among her producing credits are The End of the Line (2009), Up in Smoke (2011), Virunga (2014), Welcome to Chechnya (2020) and, most recently, Queendom (2023). While never a named BAFTA nominee, many of the films she was involved in were nominated, including Virunga, which was also Emmy nominated, Citizenfour (2014), which won an Oscar, and Cow (2021). Search also co-founded online community Shooting People in 1998, connecting filmmakers to collaborate on films, shorts, documentaries and web series.

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