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BBC Launches Two Minute Masterpiece Opportunity


The Arts Show is looking for female director/producers with a passion for Northern Ireland’s arts and culture

A new project - Two Minute Masterpiece – is a unique opportunity for women, with some experience or involvement in film production, to have a short film commissioned and showcased on BBC platforms. There’s even a chance your film could be broadcast on a special edition of The Arts Show presented by Marie-Louise Muir.

According to research* the percentage of UK films directed exclusively by women is just under 12 per cent and females are under-represented in the industry as a whole.Two Minute Masterpiece will give five filmmakers the chance to tell their stories and have their voices heard.

To take part you should identify as female and have some experience or involvement in film production, with plenty of ideas and an interest in enhancing your skills and talents. We are looking for short film ideas that reflect aspects of Northern Ireland’s distinctive and lively culture and arts scene. The deadline for submitting ideas is Monday 20 February 2017.

Up to 10 shortlisted entrants will be invited to a mentoring session in BBC Northern Ireland - where industry professionals will give advice on how best to furtherdevelop and pitch their ideas. Five filmmakers will be commissioned to turn their idea into a short film with help from a mentor.

Producer/director and one of the scheme mentors, Lisa Barros D’sa said, “I was shocked to read in recent research from Directors UK that 50 per cent of women entrants into film school end up as two per cent of filmmakers at highest budget level. It's important that initiatives like this try to redress the balance. It is as important as it's ever been to empower female filmmakers to use their voices and show us the world from their many perspectives.”

All the details of the scheme and how to enter, along with terms and conditions, are available on