BBC Three Northern Docs Shorts Scheme

We are proud to announce the very first Northern talent initiative of its kind.

A Special Briefing will be held with BBC at HOME, Manchester on 25 September 2-4pm to explain more about the initiative and answer any questions. TICKETS ARE FREE – book your place here to avoid disappointment.

Designed to act as a stepping stone opportunity for talent seeking to develop a career in documentary, two Northern filmmakers will receive the chance to produce a short ten-minute film for broadcast by the BBC.

The scheme welcomes emerging or up-and-coming directors and expects those either shortly out of film school, with particularly strong portfolios/ work examples, or APs with some self-shooting/ directorial experience, to direct the films.

We are looking for projects exploring contemporary life in Northern England.

  • Applications will open on September 17th 2018. Please don’t send anything through just yet. We recommend you first attend the briefing at HOME on 25 September, if you can.
  • Submission ideas will be accepted until 12th October 2018.

Six finalists will then be announced in late October. Among these projects, two will be commissioned after a second workshop with the films being produced by Northern Docs for broadcast on BBC Three in 2019.

How to apply

You’ll need to send us:

  • a written treatment of no more than one thousand (1000) words
  • a selection of images indicating the intended style for the doc short you would like to use
  • a CV
  • a rough budget
  • a link to an online example of previous work
  • the name, job title, contact details and relevant experience of a mentor or referee



You must:

  • be a British National and UK resident aged 18 and over on submission deadline (23:59 on October 12th 2018).
  • NOT have a ‘Director’ credit for any work for a national broadcaster.
  • be living in the North of England. We define the North as including: Cheshire, County Durham, Cumbria, Greater Manchester,
    Humberside, Lancashire, Merseyside, Northumberland, North Lincolnshire, Tyne & Wear and Yorkshire.
  • provide details of your previous work at the time of application or demonstrate you have sufficient knowledge or experience to take on this role yourself.

Terms & Conditions – coming shortly

For further information, contact info@northerndocs.org.uk