BBC sets up Fresh Online to showcase aspiring factual filmmakers

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by Stephen Chapman

BBC Three will use the Doc/Fest in Sheffield to announce an initiative to find new directing talent.

Aspiring filmmakers will be able upload their short-form documentaries to Fresh Online, when it goes live later this summer.

The BBC wants it to become a platform for up-and-coming talent as well being the “go to” place for BBC Three audiences who are interested in documentaries.

It’s been created in collaboration with BBC Three, BBC Documentaries and BBC Learning, and sits alongside the Fresh new directors scheme already run by the channel.

“Fresh Online is a chance for us to find raw talent and the next generation of filmmakers. We’re looking for people who have stories to tell and something to say about the age we’re living in,” Charlotte Moore, commissioning editor for documentaries will tell delegates at the festival.

“Free from the pressures of schedules, budgets and viewing figures, it’s a chance to experiment, to create short films and to become part of a community of documentary makers in this country. It could be your first step on the road to an Oscar! We’re looking for films between two and 10 minutes long which give an insight into what’s really important for young people in today’s Britain."

BBC Three has also revealed details of a new 6x60 minute series, with the working title Shoplife. The factual entertainment programme will follow a group of young people who work at the MetroCentre in the North East

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