The Screen Scotland is inviting Scotland-based production companies to submit proposals for access-driven unscripted series in genres such as documentary, documentary, science, history, arts, and popular factual.
The Access: Scotland is a Screen Scotland collaboration with VisitScotland, EventScotland, Historic Environment Scotland, NatureScot, and the National Trust for Scotland.
Screen Scotland is working with these organisations to open-up precincts (places and story hubs of interest) to a TV audience such as castles, stately homes, nature reserves, events and festivals, to create TV series with international appeal.
- Development funding of £50,000 from Screen Scotland’s Broadcast Content Fund is earmarked to be split between up to 5 successful proposals.
- Scotland-based production companies can submit an initial two-page proposal to Screen Scotland, which must demonstrate broadcaster or streamer interest. Screen Scotland will collate and check submissions for eligibility before passing them on to the partner organisations for review and consideration.
- Successful production companies will then be invited to a pitching stage in front of representatives from the partner organisations, potential precincts and Screen Scotland, to secure filming access for their proposed project. If initial access is won through this pitching round, a development award will be available for the filming of taster tapes and broadening out of written treatments.
- Each production company can submit a maximum of two proposals. Only Scotland-based production companies are eligible for this initiative, i.e., the company must have a substantive business and production base in Scotland.
- Screen Scotland may filter initial submissions to create a long list from which the partner organisations will issue invites to the pitch session, based on the following:
- Evidence of broadcaster or streamer interest and/or strong market viability.
- Potential for returnability, with a strong story engine.
- Demonstrable ability to be a high-quality work that promotes Scotland’s culture and creativity and can attract a national and international audience.
For more information, visit https://www.screen.scot/funding-and-support/support/partner-initiatives/access-scotland