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BBC NI Launch Opportunity for Young Filmmakers


BBC NI seek fresh and engaging ideas with a view to making 5 new documentary shorts

If you’re 17-25 years old and have a great idea for a short documentary about life in Northern Ireland, BBC Northern Ireland wants to hear from you.

True North Shorts is a search for new and emerging talent and an exciting opportunity to see your idea brought to life with the help of a BBC production team and crew.

BBC NI want fresh and engaging ideas with a view to making 5 new documentary shorts of 5 minutes in length. These films will feature on the True North website and will be showcased on social media platforms and BBC NI television.

Submit either a written submission of up to 500 words OR a 30 second video clip of you selling your idea, accompanied by a short synopsis of up to 100 words. For full instructions on how to send us your idea, click here.

True North Shorts will be officially launched at the Belfast Media Festival on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th November where the BBC Academy will offer training in how to generate and develop ideas. Places on these sessions are now available. Book your place. For more information click here.

Ideas will be short listed on how well they fit the editorial brief. How developed your idea is and how practically it could be realised, will also be taken into account. If short listed, you will be invited to attend a further workshop led by the BBC Academy to help you prepare a pitch to BBC N Commissioners.

The closing date for ideas is Wednesday 26th November and you must be between 17-25 years old on this date and born in or a current resident of Northern Ireland. For a full list of terms and conditions click here.