BBC DOCUMENTARIES NEW DIRECTORS INITIATIVE 2016
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/or have some experience in the cutting room.
- You have an Assistant producer credit on a network documentary, or have successfully completed a documentary at Film School.
- You will not have been previously credited as 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, Directed, 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 250 words)
- A summary (200-300 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 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.
- 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 800 words for both)