Production assistant (fundraising) – feature film about South Sudan’s national wheelchair basketball team


A fantastic internship opportunity for an enthusiastic and driven individual with a passion for filmmaking, journalism, international affairs, development or human rights. The role involves working on fundraising and outreach for a feature documentary about South Sudan’s wheelchair basketball team.

Application closing date

Applications are welcome at any time, but I am looking for someone to start as soon as possible, so early applications will be favoured

Start date

I’m looking for someone to start as soon as possible!

The role

An exciting opportunity to work on the development of a groundbreaking documentary telling the story of South Sudan’s wheelchair basketball team. The film is currently in production, and I am seeking an enthusiastic and driven production assistant to help take it to completion.

The production assistant role comes at a vital time for the development of the film. The documentary has been in production for four years and is entering the crucial final phase. This critical role is focused on raising funding for the next production phase and helping to build an engaged network around the film.

The role involves finding funding avenues for the film, researching setting up a charitable trust, helping to organise events and building a network through phone calls and social media.

There may also be opportunities to work on aspects of the production itself, including organising transcripts of the interviews carried out so far, as well as developing a website to promote the film.

Initially this post is offered as a two-week internship, but there may be opportunities for an extension and possible paid work in the future. Hours and working days are flexible and the position is offered either full-time or part-time. I have an office in Brixton, South London; there may also be the opportunity to work from home.

Desired skills and experience

The most important skills I am looking for are enthusiasm and determination.

I’m also keen to see a demonstrable interest in journalism, filmmaking, international relations, development or human rights.

The following skills and characteristics would be really useful:

  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • research skills
  • self-confident self-starter, able to show initiative
  • excellent organisation skills

Experience of event management, campaigning and building networks – either via social media or in person – would be an advantage, as would web expertise.

What’s in it for you?

The position will provide invaluable experience of working on a feature film, fundraising, network-building and event management. It will also give you the opportunity to help raise awareness of the conflict in South Sudan and of disability and human rights issues.

The role is an opportunity to work with an established journalist and filmmaker with more than a decade of experience in international journalism. Most of all, this is an endlessly fascinating documentary that is both unique and compelling.

All expenses will be paid, and you will be credited on the completed film. The role is offered as a two-week internship, but there may be opportunities for an extension of the role and paid work in the future.

About the film

The film tells the heroic story of a group of former child soldiers who sustained gunshot and landmine injuries in the 1990s during the second Sudanese war.

These young men were airlifted to a refugee camp in Kenya, where they were introduced to wheelchair basketball by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

There they pledged that if ever South Sudan became independent, they would form a national team. On 9 July 2011, South Sudan became the world’s newest nation and just two weeks later the team was born.

Tragically, in December 2013 South Sudan was engulfed by its own civil war, and many of the players became refugees once more.

To date, I have filmed the players in South Sudan, and in refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. Now, following a peace agreement in August 2015, the players are making plans to return to South Sudan, where the next phase of filming will take place.

Here’s a link to last year’s successful fundraising campaign for the second production phase in Kenya and Ethiopia, which provides some more background about the documentary:

How to apply

If all this sounds of interest, please email your CV and a covering letter with details of your skills, experience, and why you are interested in working on the film, to Richard Nield at

If you have your own website or LinkedIn profile, or there is any other information you think would help to support your application, please feel free to include details.