BBC Northern Ireland presents True North Shorts.Five short docs about life in contemporary Northern Ireland created by emerging, local filmmakers.

True North Shorts is run by BBC Northern Ireland to find the next generations of documentary filmmakers. It is an off-shoot of True North, the BBC Northern Ireland documentary strand that illuminates and challenges perceptions about contemporary life in Northern Ireland, highlighting compelling real lives, interests and concerns to reveal the extraordinary variety and richness of life on our front doorstep.

A Life of Death
An insight into Northern Ireland’s funeral business and the importance of breaking down taboos around one of life’s inevitabilities.

Meet the family who are changing lives with the help of the therapy horse who lives in their terraced house in Belfast.

Face the Music
Londonderry teenager Katie Duddy opens up about the loss of her mother to cancer and how she coped, with the help of music.

Meet Max
A Belfast teenager who dreams of making it as a filmmaker wants to fit in and be accepted for who he is, despite his Asperger’s.

Just Like You
Belfast radiographer Grainne Murphy shines a light on how deaf people work in a hearing environment.

Being Me
Nineteen year old Oliver reflects on how life has changed since coming out as Transgender.

Phoebe’s Story
The self-authored story of Phoebe Lyle who was paralysed from the neck down after a hit and run accident in Spain.

We would like to congratulate the next group of filmmakers who have been selected to create the new series of True North Shorts. They will be supported by BBC Northern Ireland and mentored by industry experts to deliver their films. Look out for them this Autumn on the BBC.

Paddy McConnell
Jon Thompson
Conor Driscoll & Ryan McCann
Diana Deeney & Alex Cheung
Ann-Marie Foster
Meghan McArdle
Ally McKenzie
Aisling Gallagher
& Darren Lee