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Five Scottish factual indies are set to benefit from a Screen Scotland initiative to offer a 'fresh presentation' of the nation.

The screen agency's £50,000 Access Scotland fund will invest in five projects in the arts, documentary, science, history and popular factual genres.

Screen Scotland executives David Smith, Dani Carlaw and Louise Acheson will host a virtual briefing and Q&A at 2pm on Thursday 28 March, with submissions due by 5 March.

Pitches will have to “offer the fresh presentation of Scotland, its heritage, history, people and modern culture to TV audiences across the UK”, the agency said.

It wants to establish precincts for internationally-appealing access-driven series, such as castles, events, festivals, nature reserves and stately homes.

The fund is suported by tourist bodies EventScotland, VisitScotland, NatureScot, Historic Environment Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland. 

Screen Scotland has previously tied with Sky Docs and Channel 4 and last year launched a £500,000 fund in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Register for the virtual briefing here

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