BBC Scotland is on the hunt for talent “behind the camera” with the launch of a project aimed at finding new drama directors.

Acclaimed Scottish directors David Blair (The Street, Tess of the D’Urbervilles), John McKay (Hustle, Lip Service, Life on Mars) and Gillies Mackinnon (Trial and Retribution, Above Suspicion) will launch Scotland Directs, a year long programme of events focussed on celebrating, encouraging and fostering directing talent in Scotland.

Scotland Directs will launch on Saturday 19th February, 2.30pm at Glasgow’s CCA, when further details for the year’s events will be available.

Together with a programme of talks and events, BBC Scotland is unveiling a new competition, and they want to see your short films.  The directors of the best short films, as chosen by a panel of top directors and producers, will be invited to take part in a course of masterclasses and workshops run by successful directors, and have the opportunity to undertake shadow placements on BBC shows.

David Blair says: “Any attempt to bring new directing talent to the fore is to be applauded. I’m delighted to lend my support for several reasons not least the fact that where it all began for me – BBC Scotland – is at the forefront of this initiative.”

Gillies Mackinnon comments: “Who will be a new voice for Scottish film?  Who will surprise us with something original?  BBC Scotland are issuing this exciting challenge and it’s interesting to be on the panel.”

John McKay adds: “I’m delighted to be part of Scotland Directs – for the first time in Scotland, an initiative that recognises the unique skills a director brings to film and television, and engages with the practical challenge of developing new talent – in particular making the crucial leap from first short films into the professional arena.”

Anne Mensah, Head of Independent Drama BBC Scotland comments: “Scotland Directs follows on the heels of the successful Scotland Writes project we ran last year.  We hope the scheme will inspire new talent to find a home, not only with the BBC but with our partner organisations.  There are brilliant directors in Scotland and we want to give them a platform to come together and celebrate the best of Scottish film and drama – past and present.  We are looking forward to a fantastic year.”

All entrants for the scheme must be aged 18 and over.

The event is free but ticketed and to book your place please call the CCA on Tel 0141 332 7521.  CCA is based at 350 Sauchiehall Street, City Centre, Glasgow G2 3JD