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. The films should also aim to be accessible to a wide audience, so should also have a clear, relatable idea or concept at its heart. We are looking for you to push the boundaries on what constitutes art and make Scotland engage with a new way of seeing itself.
These film commissions should be created by artists working in collaboration. If you are an artist filmmaker you should include a key collaborator in your pitch, preferably one from a different artistic practice to you (dance, theatre, animation, poetry, literature and spoken word, etc). If you are an artist from another discipline with no filmmaking practice, you will need to collaborate with a filmmaker.
We welcome proposals from artists of all backgrounds, including those from minority ethnic groups and those who consider themselves to be disabled who are currently underrepresented in media and the visual arts.
Film duration and format
The film should last between 90 seconds and 5 minutes. Final delivery will require both a 16x9 and 1:1 (square) version.
We would ask that you consider how to make your film accessible to as wide an audience as possible. You can read more here.
You will be asked to submit a rough budget outlining all anticipated costs for your proposed project, which should include your and your collaborator’s fees, copyright fees, equipment hire, research costs and post-production costs. We will assign a budget, based upon the proposal, to cover all fees and production costs up to £5,000. For further details about the budget, please refer to the project FAQs.
Who is the BBC’s digital audience?
The BBC’s digital audience is a broad 25-45 years audience residing in Scotland. They are inquisitive and love shareable content they can engage with and talk about. They are not a typical arts audience and so your proposal should consider how you will engage them: strong ideas, striking visuals, insights into the human condition and humour are likely to help your proposal. It’s worth noting that the modern digital audience has a relatively short attention span due to the sheer volume of content they are exposed to. Some say you have two seconds to capture their attention and keep them watching.
There is strong evidence to suggest that videos aimed at social media platforms perform better with on-screen subtitles since 80% or more users watch without headphones. Also, we have found that 1:1 ratio (square-shaped) shot videos perform better as the audience can watch these on their mobile devices without having to rotate the phone into landscape mode.
Please check the project FAQs here before applying. If you still have unanswered questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply please complete the online form below. A preview of the application form questions can be downloaded here.
If you would like to apply, but have particular access needs or submitting a written application is difficult for you, please get in touch with Annie Crabtree at LUX Scotland on email@example.com or 0141 319 8377
Application deadline for Brief Two: Sunday 24 March, midnight
Completed work deadline for Brief Two: Thursday 8 August 2019
The process from commissioning to the delivery of the completed film is approximately 12 weeks.