Right Here is a talent initiative run in association with Screen Scotland and BBC that offers Scotland-based filmmakers a unique opportunity to create a 30-minute creative documentary for broadcast on BBC. The initiative is for two years, giving the opportunity to six filmmakers to air their film on BBC Scotland.

The first three directors/co-directors who have won a commission are:

  • Lindsay Brown
  • Parisa Urquhart & Ling Lee
  • Kieran Hennigan & Zoe Hunter Gordon

For the second round of commissions, we are looking for three directors who seek to explore the rich diversity of Scottish identity through character-driven stories and beautiful imagery. This is a unique opportunity for emerging directors to take risks on form and content.

Initially, 8 – 10 projects will be pre-selected. The directors will learn to hone their skills and deliver their vision through bespoke individual consultancies. Among these projects, three will be fully commissioned (£22K – £27K), produced by SDI, and broadcast on BBC Scotland in 2021.

Applications are open to filmmakers resident in Scotland and with at least two short films broadcast or publicly screened in festivals. We want to hear from directing talent who bring a distinct and alternative view of modern Scotland.

We’re particularly interested in hearing from people who are currently under represented in TV including: women; people with a disability; BAME; people from the LGBTQ community; and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. This is in line with the positive action provision of the Equality Act 2010.

Applications for the second round of commissions is now open

Application Deadline: Friday 31st January 2020 (12 noon)
Successful candidates will be informed by 19th February

First round of Consultancies: 24th February
Second round of Consultancies: tbc

Commissioning pitch: April 2020
Expected delivery: Early Feb 2021


Scottish Documentary Institute is committed to offering clear and accessible application processes open to everyone. On request this information is available in alternative formats. We offer access support to disabled applicants, tailored to individual requests and our team can offer advice to new applicants and support them to make an application.


Application, pre-selection, and participation in Right Here are free.

For any further questions, please contact righthere@scottishdocinstitute.com

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Application Deadline - Friday 31st January 12 noon

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