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Beautiful BBC Three!

The winners have been announced

BBC Three

This summer three new directors will get the opportunity to direct their first hour for BBC Three.

Dani Davis, Rowan Deacon and Jo Hughes will each make a one hour documentary to be shown as part of BBC Three’s Beauty season.

Find out more about the winners and their films

What were we looking for?

BBC Three was looking for the next generation of documentary film makers for this year's New Talent strand Fresh. We asked new directors to submit ideas around the theme of beauty. As part of the selection process 15 finalists were invited to a one-day master class and pitching session, attended by the Controller of BBC Three Danny Cohen.

Three emerging directors were selected from the master class and will now each receive a major commission for a one-off 60 minute documentary to be screened on BBC Three in June 2008.


What were we looking for?

This year we wanted your films to explore the idea of beauty. For example: what beauty means to us, how it shapes the way we think, the varying perceptions of who is beautiful and who is not, and who defines what beauty is.

We wanted films with humour, warmth and insight, they needed to be surprising, with broad appeal to the BBC Three audience.

They could be single narrative films with a strong central character on a real journey or a bold stunt based idea or social experiment. The choice was yours.

We were looking for experienced film makers with the talent and experience to take their idea to the next level. Your idea should have been developed to a sufficient stage that demonstrated it can be realised as a one-hour documentary.


Who could enter?

To apply you had to be 18 years or over on 16th December 2007 and not yet directed an hour long documentary for network television.

BBC staff members, their close relations and entrants who have previously directed a 60 minute documentary for network television were ineligible.


What was on offer?

20 finalists were invited to a one-day master class and pitching session as part of the selection process.

The master class day included sessions with the Controller of BBC Three and BBC Commissioning Editor Documentaries. Finalists were then invited to pitch ideas in front of a panel that included documentary makers and BBC documentary commissioning executives.

Three individual directors were selected to get their ideas commissioned. Each director will have a budget up to £100k that is managed by BBC Commissioning. This will cover the total cost of making their film and include payments for the directors and crew, stock, filming and location costs, editing, voice over recording, dubbing and grading of the films.


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