BBC New Creatives Film Applications

#NewCreatives film applications are now closed.


For our film commissions, we want to see visual storytelling that is exciting and memorable. We’re looking for strong ideas for short form films, from 90 seconds up to a maximum of five minutes, that can demonstrate the breadth of possibility offered by film, whether that be through stylistic innovation, experimentation with sound, image, structure, narrative and storytelling, animation, performance, scripted drama, dance, music or any other means. They can feature or blend different artistic forms and genres within each work. Core characteristics we’ll be looking for in our commissions:

• Relevance: the ideas and themes that really matter to you and your community – however you might define it.

• Talkability: shareable content that gets people talking

• Timeliness: things that impact people’s lives here and now

• Originality: Content that innovates

It's worth noting, with the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the media industry has been widely affected. With this in mind, we're particularly interested in content that can be made at home, but as a minimum can be produced within safe social distancing and Covid19 Health and Safety measures.

Download + print our film commissions brief HERE

Ideas can come from many artistic disciplines including (but not limited to); dancers, actors, performers, musicians, writers, film makers, comedians, visual artists, animators, poets, storytellers and games designers. Even if you may not consider yourself an artist, as long as you are passionate about your creative idea and have something to say, we want to hear from you. Each commissioned artist will work directly with a professional production company who will manage the budget (up to £5k for film and £3k for audio) and mentor you throughout the process.  

From the serious to the comedic, absurd to the challenging, provocative to the abstract, we’re looking for ideas that push the boundaries on what constitutes art, makes people think and encourages new ways of understanding ourselves and the world around us.

We want to unearth diverse new talent and commission ideas that we may not have seen represented before on screen, on air and online. 

New Creatives content has the potential to be selected for an exciting new programming strand: BBC Introducing Arts, which will showcase and introduce new artistic talent from the UK across BBC platforms - BBC iPlayer, BBC Sounds, BBC television and radio. We’ll look to identify the best platform for each idea.

This is an unprecedented opportunity for creatives to experiment and connect with BBC audiences and beyond.