Fresh ideas wanted for BBC documentary project


Young people in Northern Ireland are being offered a unique opportunity to bring their story ideas to life on screen with the launch of BBC Northern Ireland’s True North Shorts project.

Now in its third series, True North is the BBC’s documentary strand for Northern Ireland, providing a platform for leading film-makers to showcase cutting-edge films which reflect life in modern times.

True North Shorts is a search for original, inspiring ideas about contemporary life in Northern Ireland that will result in young people aged 17-25 making five short documentaries with the support of a BBC production team and camera crew.

Ideas should bring true emotion to life, telling stories of family, home, landscape and relationships that make up the modern mix of Northern Ireland. The five minute documentaries will feature on BBC platforms from autumn 2015.

The young people taking part in this project will work with industry professionals to develop their programme making skills and employability across the creative sector.

Executive Producer Justin Binding added “True North is a vital strand to BBCNI that allows us to document contemporary Northern Ireland in all its textures and qualities; young film-makers are the creative life-blood of this place and through True North Shorts we are giving ownership of the strand to the documentary film-makers and directors of the future. A contemporary strand that reflects modern times must give voice to all outer reaches of society but none more so that the young.”

The BBC Academy will be providing expert training in how to develop your idea at the 2014 Belfast Media Festival at The MAC on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th November.

The closing date for submitting ideas is Wednesday 26th November 2014. Further information on how to participate and full terms and conditions can be found at For more information on training sessions at the Belfast Media Festival go to

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