BAFTA have announced a call for scripts for emerging comedy screenwriters for two BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase events. The successful writers will showcase their work for some of the biggest names in the UK and US television industry at two major international television festivals: in August the BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase returns to the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival (GEITF) for a second year; in October it will return to the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) for a fourth consecutive year.
Applications are open to British UK-based comedy screenwriters who have not yet had a television series commissioned, although they may have broadcast writing credits. The successful entries will be selected by an industry jury of comedy professionals from the UK and US. In 2013 the jury included Jennifer Saunders, Jessica Hynes, Caryn Mandabach, Andrew Newman, Margot Gavan Duffy, Jill Offman, Saskia Schuster, Matt King, Kevin Cecil and Kenton Allen.
How to apply: applicants must submit a ten page extract from their sit-com or sketch show for consideration for the schemes. Each script will be considered for both events albeit different writers may be selected for each event. In addition to the script, writers must submit an application form and supporting material including a synopsis and character breakdown, details of which can be found here.
Deadline: early bird entries 14th April 2014 (£32 entry fee)/ final deadline – 19th May2014 (£42 entry fee)
Source: BAFTA website
Good news for all those who need a little extra time! The deadline for the Theatre503 Playwriting Award has been extended to 7 April 2014. Now there’s no excuse not to submit, right?
If you’re interested in writing for Radio Comedy, the BBC has just released a free e-book with interactive features that provides a guide to both the practical and interactive aspects of Writing Radio Comedy. (And just in time to prep for their next submissions window, which will focus on comedy!)
If you’re interested, you can find it here:
Source: Playwriting_UK Facebook Group
As reported in The Stage:
Rory Mullarkey has won the 2014 Pinter Commission playwriting award, which sees a new work by the winner supported by London’s Royal Court Theatre. The prize is now in its third year and is given to any playwright, whether they be established or unpublished. Previous recipients of the prize – which used to be called the Harold Pinter Playwright’s Award – include Nick Payne and Anders Lustgarten.
Mullarkey’s credits include Cannibals, which was his first full-length play and opened at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre in 2013. The show saw him become the youngest playwright to have their work performed on the venue’s main stage. He was also the Royal Court’s writer on attachment in 2010 and has translated Russian and Ukrainian plays, including Aleksey Scherbak’s Remembrance Day and And I Don’t Care How You’re Doing Anymore by Oksana Savchenko, for the theatre in the past.
More details at the link.
Submissions sought for the 2nd Annual M. T. Pockets Theatre 10-Minute Play Contest, celebrating playwrights–emerging and professional– and culminating in a bare bones production of the top 6 to 8 submissions.
What to submit:
- Limit of TWO entries per playwright.
- Only original plays, never before produced, are eligible.
- Each play should require two to four
(2-4) characters and minimal props and costumes. Only black boxes will used
for set pieces.
- The play, exclusive of title and cast
pages, may be no more than ten pages.
How to apply: Submissions can be made through their website: http://mtpocketstheatre.com/play-festival.html
About the judging process:
- A panel of judges will read and judge
- Six to eight (6-8) finalists will be chosen for production.
- Winning playwrights agree to permit
M. T. Pockets Theatre to produce their contest entry play without compensation. Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.
Deadline: 4 April 2014
Source: Playwriting_UK Facebook Group
ArtsEd is consolidating its reputation for innovation by producing eight new short films in which their students will be cast. Submit your script for the chance to have your short-film made by a professional director and director of photography.
Successful scripts will be filmed by a professional director and director of photography and the subsequent film will be edited to broadcast standard. Writers will be fully credited for their work and receive a professional standard showreel of the film.
What to submit: Each script should meet the following criteria:
- Be of 10 to 12 minutes duration
- Tackle contemporary subject matter
- Be suitable for a cast who are predominately in their 20s
- Feature 3/4 strong roles with additional supporting roles if required.
- Be suitable for filming on a limited budget
- Require a limited number of older cast members
- Avoid any extreme violence or explicit sexual content
How to apply: Writers interested in submitting a script should email Kas Braganza, ArtsEd’s Film and TV Producer.
Deadline: 23 May 2014
Source: BBC Writersroom
The Tricycle Theatre will be holding a special screening of Abi Morgan’s latest project ‘The Invisible Woman’, which will feature a Q&A with her afterwards. This is a brilliant chance to hear one of the most prolific and successful writers for stage and screen talk about the process of making this film.
The screening will take place on Wednesday 2 April 2014 at 8.00pm. Tickets are normally £15, but if you’re under 26 it’s only £6!
How to book: You can book your ticket through the Tricycle website.
Source: Tricycle Theatre e-newsletter
Nick Hern Books is running a competition offering free tickets to see ‘Let the Right One In’ in the West End.
For more details on how to enter, see their website:
Source: Nick Hern Books e-newsletter
Play Submissions Helper has just published their monthly roundup of opportunities, featuring those with deadlines in April 2014.
As usual, we’ve already picked and posted the ones we’ve found most relevant (most of these are based in the US), but if you’d like to peruse the whole list you can find it here.