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

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 – 12 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.

Round 1

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

  • Lindsay Brown – Time To Fly 
  • Parisa Urquhart & Ling Lee – Long Live Livi
  • Kieran Hennigan & Zoe Hunter Gordon – Our Fathers

Round 2

Applications for the second round of commissions is now closed.

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.

Contact us on righthere@scottishdocinstitute.com or 0131 651 5760

© photo: Hannah Bailey


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