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Call for Ideas: RTÉ ARTS 2012

Upstart is, as you know, all about promoting the Arts. So it makes sense to advertise this project.

If you are a producer, an amateur or a pro, and you’ve got great ideas in store, then the time has come to put those great ideas into motion. Here are the specifics for making a submission to RTÉ for 2012:


As part of an overall strategy to renew and refresh arts programming on RTÉ TV, RTE Factual urgently requires ideas for high-impact cultural TV events and series for 2012 and beyond.

We want ideas for 2- and 3-part series which have, as with all Factual output, real depth and insight but which appeal to a broad audience. Accessibility is key to our arts strategy for 2012 and beyond: your idea should appeal as much to a non-arts audience as to the existing arts audience. It should be “big” enough to become a highlight in the RTE1 schedule and to ignite discussion and debate across radio, online and on existing RTE television programmes.

We specifically welcome ideas for series in the following areas:
1. Observational series which document the experiences of Irish people (famous or not) and/or communities as they engage with the arts.

2. Formats. We are not interested in tightly-formatted ideas; instead we are looking for loose hour-long formats which introduce new audiences to the arts through the hands-on experiences of ordinary Irish people or well-known faces.

3. Authored/”big-idea” documentary series. The success of recent BAI-funded/co-pro history formats such as Cromwell In Ireland or The Story of Ireland has proved that there is a large audience for “big-idea” or big overview documentary series on RTE.

4. Events. We most definitely want to find ideas for arts event-style programmes & series which have cultural activity at their core. Ideas that get the nation doing things together.

Finally, if you feel that your idea has potential for co-production or BAI funding, let them know.
For more information, visit the RTE website.  Producers must submit ideas into the“>eCommissioning system under the programme category Factual – Arts 2012

Deadline: Friday 09th September
So put on your Thinking Hats and get your F-Acts together!

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