Now & Next

Nov 2018 to Nov 2019

Now & Next is a commissioning scheme that nurtures and showcases emerging creative voices, as well as offering established artists a chance to try something new, through a series of collaborative artists’ film commissions.

Expanding on current BBC initiatives that support new talent, Now & Next aims to support Scotland-based artists from a wide range of disciplines (visual arts, moving image, dance, spoken word, theatre) to realise their ideas in high-quality short artists’ films.

Over the course of one year, in partnership with Screen Scotland and LUX Scotland, Now & Next will commission 20 new pieces of work.

These film commissions will be created by artists working in collaboration. If you’re a filmmaker you should include a key collaborator in your proposal, preferably one from a different artistic practice to you (dance, theatre, animation, poetry, literature and spoken word, etc). If you are an artist with no filmmaking experience, you would need to collaborate with a filmmaker.

The films will be published by the BBC on television or digital platforms such as BBC iPlayer, BBC Scotland’s social channels and BBC websites (dependent upon the work and the specific brief). LUX Scotland will be delivering the project on behalf of BBC Scotland and Screen Scotland, and will offer a programme of support and development opportunities to the successful artists.

LUX Scotland will issue three commissioning calls over 12 months. These calls are open to all creative practitioners from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, currently living in Scotland.

Each call/brief will be focused around a particular publication platform and/or a theme.

Round One – Applications open 7 November, deadline 16 December 2018

Round Two – Applications open 7 February, deadline 24 March 2019

Round Three – Applications open 8 April, deadline 27 May 2019

We welcome proposals from artists of all backgrounds, including those from minority ethnic groups, those who consider themselves to be disabled and those who are currently underrepresented in media and the visual arts. We are also encouraging applications from artists living outwith the Central Belt. Travel costs to attend meetings, briefings and training & professional development workshops will be covered.


Archived events

Now & Next Application Advice Sessions

Wed 28 Nov 2018 - Tue 7 May 2019