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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 which 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)

We’re 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 4 we have focus on audio storytelling along the theme of the Future and Forgotten Stories, to reflect the world as it emerges from lockdown and perhaps reconnects with the rest of the ’stuff’ that seems to have been swept aside.   Will everything return to normal?  Will we re-evaluate what we think is important? What does the Future mean to you?  What do YOU think needs to be said that’s not being said?  

We’re looking for fresh and exciting ideas for character–led comedy, web series pilots, new plays (duologues and monologues) and spoken word ideas from young writers or performers.  Alternatively, we would like to hear about sound art or soundscapes that could provide a counterpoint to today’s anxious, worrying world.  Treatments could feature archive, natural sounds, lost noise and the purr of everyday life that offer audiences chance for reflection.  We will consider spoken word, drama, comedy, soundscapes, performance, sound art, experimental documentary, music and any or all combinations that convey your creative idea in the best way possible.
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)

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.

For Round 4 we have a focus on the Future and Forgotten Stories, to reflect the world as it emerges from lockdown and perhaps reconnects with the rest of the ’stuff’ that seems to have been swept aside.   Will everything return to normal?  Will we re-evaluate what we think is important? What does the Future mean to you?  What do YOU think needs to be said that’s not being said? 

Remember that we will be looking closely at the practical side of producing your idea and particularly whether it will be achievable with social distancing measures in place. Large crews and casts will not be practical or safe in the current climate and the budget will not be able to sustain extended production periods to incorporate quarantine measures.  Do bear this in mind when applying, but don’t let it restrict your imagination, we will be able to help shortlisted Creatives develop their idea into a produce-able broadcast project. 

The challenge is to think laterally and use the restriction to your advantage; necessity truly is the mother of invention.  What could you achieve with one performer, dancer, actor, artist, musician?  How could you combine contributions from different people or different genres and artistic forms?  How can you bring viewers different and unexpected locations, worlds and perspectives whilst observing the new protocols? How can you utilise camera techniques, animation and editing to create illusions or bring scenes or performers together? 

 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
 

Opening 1st June 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 4 (Audio & Film) will close on 12th July 2020 at 23:59.



 

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