BBC DOCUMENTARIES NEW DIRECTORS INITIATIVE 2017
The BBC is looking for the next generation of documentary film makers. Six candidates will be given the opportunity to Produce and Direct their first long-form documentary.
Successful applicants will be housed for the duration of the project at a leading production company, who will oversee the development filming and post production of the idea. Please note that the initiative is funded for the duration of the project and isn’t a permanent role.
Positions will be based in London and Manchester, however one candidate may be based in Bristol.
The length of the contract will be dependent on the length of the production which could be anything from three to five months
The Ideal Candidate
All Applicants must provide a CV that demonstrates that you have the following experience
- You are able to self-shoot for broadcast and have demonstrable evidence that you have experience of editing content and directing an editor in an editing suite to deliver a completed programme.
- You must have a minimum of 3 Assistant Producer or DV Director credits or you may have qualified (and be able to evidence your qualification – MA or post graduate) from a Film School/ University / College.
- You will not have been previously credited as Director or Producer/Director on a network documentary of 30 minutes or longer in duration, for any of the major terrestrial channels.
NB. Candidates who have, Produced, or Edit Produced a network documentary, but have not combined the Producer/Director role will be considered.
In addition to the CV, we require the following four written pieces which you will be asked to fill in during the application process:
- A brief statement which tells us why you have applied for the initiative. (no more than 200 words)
- A summary (200 words) of your relevant production experience. This might include edit producing, being a self-shooting director across a series or directing short form/ inserts.
- An outline of an idea you have for a documentary and the approach you would take. (Please note, this is not necessarily the documentary you will make if you are successful). You can write this as a treatment or provide another form of visual representation. (250 words)
- A brief analysis of two documentaries you have seen, one you liked and one you didn’t. Break down these programmes, showing us how you think about the documentary form and what you’d change or incorporate into your own work. (no more than 400 words for both)
Please note that if you do not adhere to the word count above your application will not be considered. Please ensure you use the word count provided above.
About the Company
We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.
The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.
The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants. Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.