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New Creatives is an exciting talent development scheme that offers commissioning opportunities for emerging artists to create new work in film, audio or interactive media, designed for BBC platforms.

Calling the Shots is running the New Creatives project for the South West region, working with partner organisations Somerset Film (Bridgwater), Kaleider (Exeter), Create Studios (Swindon), Screen Cornwall (Redruth) and Watershed (Bristol).

Who can apply?
We’re looking for South West-based creatives between the ages of 16-30 who want to develop their original idea into a professional short film, audio or interactive media work.

New Creatives can come from any arts background (e.g dancers, actors, performers, musicians, writers, film makers, comedians, visual artists, animators, poets, storytellers and games designers), or non-arts backgrounds and you don’t need experience in film, audio or interactive to apply.  We positively encourage applications from artists of all backgrounds, identities, abilities and cultures.

What ideas are we looking for?
We want to see proposals for fresh, innovative short films and audio pieces reflect in some way on the experience of living in modern Britain.  The ideas can be serious, comedic, absurd, challenging, provocative or abstract.  We’re looking for you to push the boundaries on what constitutes art, make people think, and encourage new ways of understanding the world and ourselves.

Audio Commissions
Audio Duration: 1min – 15mins
Support Package: up to £3.5k (varies depending on the complexity of the work)
Number of commissions available in Round 3: 24

We’re particularly interested in works that represent creative storytelling in its broadest sense. We want stylistic innovation – for you to push boundaries and to create works that can surprise listeners with their inventiveness and ingenuity.

For Round 3 we have focus on audio storytelling through spoken word, scripted comedy or scripted drama.

However we do still have an ongoing interest in episodic stories, soundscapes, performance, music and sound design and any or all combinations that convey your idea in the best way possible.

We’re also looking for stories that can reflect experiences and places so that we can build a rich and diverse portfolio of audio works.

Read the full Audio & Film Creative Brief here.

Film Commissions
Film Duration: 1min – 5mins
Support Package: up to £5.5k (varies depending on the complexity of the work)
Number of commissions available in Round 3: 9

In our film commissions, we’re looking for strong ideas for short form films, 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.

We envisage most films being 3 minutes long, however, if your idea warrants a longer film we are open to discussing this with you as long as it remains within the recommended budgets.

Read the full Audio & Film Creative Brief here.

Interactive Commissions
Currently closed until Round 4 (April 2020).

The Process

  • Submit your application via the Submittable form. 
  • If shortlisted you will receive three days training at one of our six New Creative hubs around the South West region (whichever is closest to you). The sessions will cover ideas development and training in broadcast audio, and self-branding and marketing.
  • Developed ideas get pitched to the BBC and CTS execs and the best ones are commissioned.
  • Each commissioned New Creative will receive a budget, professional mentoring and support to produce a broadcast quality work.
  • Finished work is delivered to BBC and may be selected for a new strand, BBC Introducing Arts, which will showcase and introduce new artistic talent from across the UK via all BBC platforms – on BBC iPlayer, BBC Sounds, BBC television and radio – and beyond.  We’ll look to identify the best platform for each idea. 

View our FAQs here.

Who is involved in the New Creatives project?
This is a unique partnership between the BBC, Arts Council England and five creative media production organisations across England, Calling the Shots (South West), ICA (London), Screen South (South East), Tyneside Cinema (The North) and the Rural Media Company (Midlands).

Applications for Round 3 will close on 12 January 2020 at midnight.


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