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.

For the first round of commissions, we are looking for 3 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 2020.

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.


For testing ideas on us or more information on what we are looking for and how to apply, join us for one of our Inspiration Workshops in the following locations:

Edinburgh (EIFF)  – Sunday 23rd June 2019 10am – 11.30am
Glasgow (BBC) – Wednesday 3rd July 2019 3pm – 5pm
Aberdeen (BBC) – Thursday 4th July 2019 12pm – 2pm

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


Application Deadline: 8th July


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