This is Scotland initiative returns to STV

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New talent initiative, This is Scotland, is welcoming pitches for the second year following the successful broadcast of two documentaries from upcoming Scottish filmmakers on STV.

This is Scotland, a documentary new talent initiative run by the Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) in association with Creative Scotland, offers a unique opportunity for filmmakers to work with SDI Productions and secure a peak time broadcast on STV.

This is Scotland launched in 2013, with the two commissioned films airing on STV this February. My New Hair, directed by Ruth Carslaw and Lost in Transition, directed by Jack Warrender proved to be popular additions to the STV schedule with a combined reach of 875,000 viewers. The programmes had a combined average audience of almost 300,000 viewers and over 1,300 catch-up and live streams on the STV Player. Both documentaries will also be showcased on STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh later in the year.

Now entering its second edition, This is Scotland is welcoming pitches from upcoming filmmakers. The initiative is looking for ideas that explore human stories in contemporary Scotland.

The application process is now open with entries to be submitted by Friday 27th March 2015. Six projects will be shortlisted with two documentaries to be commissioned. The shortlist will be announced in early April 2015.

The second series of This is Scotland will air on STV in 2016.

For further information and to apply with a project, please visit:


For further information, please contact the STV press office:- 

Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143

Claire Henry
0141 300 3417 / 07850 710 421