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BBC Documentaries New Directors Initiative 2019

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

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 for BBC Three.  Previous films made by new directors on the initiative include: Abused by My Girlfriend, Manchester Bomb: Our story, and Grandad, Dementia and Me.

Role Responsibility

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 this is not a staff role at the BBC.  

Positions will mostly be based in London; opportunities outside of London are yet to be confirmed

The length of the contract will be dependent on the length of the production which could be anything from three to five months.

Are you the right candidate?

All Applicants must provide a CV that demonstrates that you have the following experience:

a) You are able to self-shoot for broadcast* and have demonstrable evidence that you have experience of editing content. 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.

*If you are unable to self-shoot due to impairment please let us know so we can discuss adjustments with you.

b) 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 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 written pieces which you will be asked to fill in during the application process: 

a) A brief statement which tells us why you have applied for the initiative. (no more than 200 words)

b)  A summary of your relevant production experience. This might include edit producing, being a self-shooting director across a series or directing short form/ inserts. (200 words)

c) An outline of an idea you have for a BBC Three 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)

d) 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.


Package Description

Positions will mostly be based in London; opportunities outside of London are yet to be confirmed.

About the BBC

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We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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