Annual Factual Development Round


We want programmes which reflect the richness and diversity of BSL and Deaf culture

What is BSLBT looking for?
We want a range of non-scripted programme ideas, both singles and series, which reflect the richness and diversity of BSL and Deaf culture.

We are particularly interested in:
•    ideas for singles or pairs of programmes appropriate for post-watershed broadcast (after 9pm),
•    ideas which have the potential for a series; these may be commissioned as a single pilot or as a series and must be appropriate for broadcast at 8am (suitable for all ages),
•    programmes which explore stories about under-represented minorities,
•    stories and non-scripted genres new to BSL Zone,
•    children’s programmes. These can be shorter durations, but will be packaged as a 28-minute programme.

The programme ideas must:
•    have contributors who use BSL, and be fully accessible to Deaf BSL users,
•    be for a single 28-minute programme, pilot or series,
•    reflect diversity on screen.

Who can apply for development funding?
This is aimed at
•    Deaf directors,
•    Deaf producers, and
•    Deaf producer/directors,
who have one of these credits on at least one programme which has been broadcast on television, and are working with a UK-registered production company.

The company must have made at least one television programme for BSLBT or a UK broadcaster.

We will also consider co-productions between a company without the necessary track record that is working with a company which has produced a television programme. [Once a company has produced a programme for BSLBT on a co-production basis, the company would then be considered eligible to submit ideas on its own.]

What is the deadline?
•    The closing date for completed applications is 31st January 2022.

Click here to download full details and an application form as a PDF file.  Full details and the form are also available in BSL in the videos on this page.


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