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Call for Documentary Filmmaker in Residence



Applications invited for documentary filmmaker in residence opportunity


The ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum (part of the ESRC Genomics Network), based at the University of Edinburgh, is seeking a documentary filmmaker to be in residence for a period of five months (beginning of September 2012 to end of January 2013) as the first phase of a project to create a documentary film that reflects on the issues and topics covered by the Forum and the Network over the past 10 years.

The successful applicant will be based at the Forum’s offices off Holyrood Road in Edinburgh and would be expected to work for an average of three days a week during the residency period. It would be preferable if the filmmaker had their own camera equipment so they can film footage as they go along. They will research the work of the Forum and the network (and visit the other centres) and attend events as appropriate in and beyond Edinburgh.

During the residency period, there will be a review point at the end of the first three months so that the filmmaker and the Forum can discuss the progress of the residency and review the ideas for the final film. At the end of the residency period, there will be a final review between the filmmaker and the Forum to agree on the creative direction of the final film. Once this has been decided, there will be a two-month extension phase which will involve the production of the final film. The second phase will include an additional fee for the filmmaker’s services and, should they choose, funds to subcontract an editor and/or animator. Whether it is a short or feature length documentary will be jointly decided by the filmmaker and the Forum.

The primary aim of the final film is to communicate the impact of the Forum and the Network’s activities during its existence and the role they have played in the development of the subject areas covered. The film will act as a filmic record of the Network’s work and it is hoped that the film will be submitted to the film festival circuit on completion.


There will be a total fee of £7,500 based on three days a week for the 5 month period.


This opportunity is open to all filmmakers around the UK and the EU. The position will be based in Edinburgh and we are unable to offer relocation expenses. The ability to work fluently in English is essential. As the desired result from the residency is a documentary film, documentary filmmaking experience would be advantageous.

Application process

All interested applicants must complete the online application form. The form will request online links to samples of the applicant’s work. In addition to the application form, the applicant will be required to email in a copy of their CV.


The final deadline for all applications is 12.00 noon, Friday 10th August 2012.

Copyright and creative licence

The final product will be a commission of the Genomics Forum and copyright will lie with the Forum. Provided that there is consultation with and pre-approval from the Forum, the filmmaker will be free to distribute/exhibit the film as they wish.

The filmmaker will be given a large degree of creative space regarding the narrative and content of the final film but the Forum will hold the right to final approval. As research topics will be covered, it is essential that they are not misrepresented or incorrectly explained.

More information about the Forum and the Network

The (EGN) is a major investment by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), dedicated to examining the development and use of the science and technologies of genomics. The activities of the EGN span the whole field of genomics, covering areas as diverse as plant and animal genetics, embryonic stem cell research, and associated health applications.

The EGN spans five of the UK's leading universities, and involves over a hundred researchers, from professors to PhD students, as well as an international cast of visiting research fellows. It is one of the largest social science investments in the ESRC's current portfolio, and is growing into the largest concentration of social scientific research on genomics in the world.

The was established in 2004 as a novel initiative in the field of social science research. It aims to connect research in genomics and life sciences, and the scientists that undertake this, with a wider audience in order to stimulate debate and increase understanding of the impacts this might have for society. In order to engage the public and policy-makers, the Genomics Forum has used a range of creative approaches – including writers, playwrights and artists in residence – as part of its

If you have any further queries, please contact Steph Wright on steph.wright@ed.ac.uk or 0131 651 4736