BBC Introducing: Now & Next

A talent development scheme that nurtures and showcases emerging creative voices.

BBC Introducing: Now & Next is a talent development scheme that will nurture and showcase emerging creative voices, as well as offer established artists a chance to try something new through a series of collaborative artists’ film commissions.

Expanding on current BBC initiatives that support new talent, such as BBC IntroducingBBC Writersroom and The Social, BBC Introducing: Now & Next aims to support Scotland-based artists from a wide range of disciplines (visual arts, moving image, dance, spoken word, theatre) to realise their ideas in high-quality short artists’ films.

Over the course of one year, BBC Introducing: Now & Next, in partnership with Creative Scotland and LUX Scotland, will commission 20 new pieces of work.

These film commissions will be created by artists working in collaboration. If you’re a filmmaker you should include a key collaborator in your proposal, preferably one from a different artistic practice to you (dance, theatre, animation, spoken word, etc). If you are an artist with no filmmaking experience, you would need to collaborate with a filmmaker.

The films will be published by the BBC on television or digital platforms such as BBC iPlayer, BBC Scotland’s social channels and BBC websites (dependent upon the work and the specific brief). LUX Scotland will be delivering the project on behalf of BBC Scotland and Creative Scotland, and will offer a package of support to the successful artists.

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Call for applications now open for Now & Next

The third round of applications for Now & Next is now open. The project brief is Collaborative Short Films for BBC Scotland.

We are seeking proposals for fresh, innovative short films from creative voices in Scotland that reflect the experience of living in modern Scotland. We will commission films that demonstrate the breadth of possibility offered by the form of film, whether that be through experimentation with sound and image, structure, narrative and storytelling, animation, performance or any other means.

You can read more about this brief, and access the application guidelines and form on the LUX Scotland website. The deadline to apply is Monday 27 May at midnight.