Thumb Stopping Moments: Totally Money Short Film Competition (prize fund of £10K)

Thumb Stopping Moments, the Totally Money Short Film competition, is looking for short films. There is a prize fund of £10K.

Details: 

  • Each individual can enter up to five short films
  • Films should be no longer than 60 seconds long and must be titled, “Avoiding the Unexpected”
  • Entries must be uploaded to YouTube and submitted via the form on:   www.totallymoney.com/thumb-stopping-moments/
  • Closing date is the 11th of November 2016
  • £10,000 in cash prizes to be won (1st prize £7k, 2nd place £2k, 3rd place £1k)

For more information and to enter, visit the website.

Deadline: 11 November 2016

Source: direct contact

Co-producing opportunity for a play with Jewish themes

Matthew Frener (Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Free Rayne Artists) and Michaela Stern (Co-Founder of Collaborative Artists) are joining forces on a project that is currently looking for new plays that tackle topical issues and which also include Jewish themes. They are searching for a writer who is willing to collaborate and make a truly thrilling piece of theatre. 
Matthew and Michaela are both Jewish Producers. Matthew has been producing scratch nights and new writing and Michaela produces commercial theatre.
 
Michaela co-developed and produced ‘You won’t succeed on Broadway, if you don’t have any Jews’- which was a journey through 8 decades of musical theatre and a show about how Jews shaped Broadway. 
It played at the Garrick Theatre, West End, then ran at The Tel Aviv Museum of arts before returning for a run in London and the St James Theatre, Main house, where it was subsequently nominated for a WhatOnStage award this year.
 
“We are looking to co-produce a full length play. We are certain that we want to produce a piece relating or based around Judaism. It should feature in the play but not be the main topic. We’d like for the piece to be mainly about a topical theme, such as mental health issues or dementia. Think along the lines of ‘People, Places and Things’ for the kind of pace, contemporary themes and abstract elements, to display the issues in the play. 
We are looking for a play that hasn’t been produced yet and a play that we can collaboratively develop and produce as a team, culminating in a London run, ideally mid 2017, at a London venue appropriate to the piece. Depending on success, there may be possible after life.” 
 
Please send any submissions or questions to: submissions.mfms@gmail.com
 
Deadline December 8th 2016
Source: direct contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 30 September 2016

Our weekly Friday round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).  Opportunities are grouped into four sections: 1) Pick of the Week & featured posts; 2) Opportunities with Deadlines; 3) Workshops and Events; 4) Ongoing opportunities (No deadline).

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Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Writerslam open for submissions (TV Drama)

This Week in our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear: “My fringe show failed. What next?”

Coming up with London Playwrights’ Workshop:

Autumn 2016 Workshops from London Playwrights’ Blog

Intensive Workshop: Mastering Microstructure – Thursday 6 October 7pm-9pm

Intensive Workshop: Writing Compelling Dialogue – Thursday 20 October 7pm-9pm

Intensive Workshop: Making an Impact in Your Opening Scene – Thursday 3 November 2016 7pm-9pm

Your Self-Producing Toolkit: A day-long introduction – Saturday 12 November 2016 from 10.30am – 5pm

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper – 50 playwriting competitions with September deadlines

StageWrite 2017 playwriting competition (open to Bedfordshire students only)- Deadline: 30 September 2016

Adam Morley and Actor Awareness bursary for writers – Deadline: 30 September 2016

Bush Theatre opens script window to accept new plays – Deadline: 30 September 2016

Bread & Roses Playwriting Award 2016 – Deadline: 30 September 2016

Call for Proposals for The Space’s Spring Season – Deadline: 30 September 2016

Pint-Sized seeking 10-15 minute submissions – Deadline: 1 October 2016

Red Dragonfly New Writing Competition 2016 (Asian writers, £1000 prize) – Deadline: 1 October 2016

The MYTC Playwrighting Commission 2016 – Deadline: 1 October 2016

MT Pockets Theatre seeking submissions for 10 Minute Play Festival 2017 (West Virginia) – Deadline: 1 October 2016

BBC TV Drama Writers Programme 2017 – Deadline: 3 October 2016 10 October 2016

Anonymous Is A Woman Theatre Company 50/50 Gender Equality  Scratch Night – ‘Sexual Politics’ – Deadline:

Falling Pennies looking for new writing for performance at the Arcola– Deadline: 3 October 2016

Write to Play Seeking D/deaf or disabled Midlands based Writers (Paid) – Deadline: 3 October 2016

Warts and All Theatre seeking artists/ writers– Deadline: 3 October 2016

The Daniel Owen Writing Competition (11-25 years old, Wales) – Deadline: 3 October 2016

Van Eyck Call for Applications for Residency (€65 registration fee) – Deadline: 3 October 2016

Novus Theatre call out for new writing– Deadline: 9 October 2016

WriterSlam open for submissions (TV Drama) – Deadline : 9 October 2016

Milano Playwriting Contest – open call for scripts – Deadline: 9 October 2016

RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen Initiative – Deadline: 13 October 2016

Night of Joy seeking short plays- Deadline: 14 October 2016

Writer/ Facilitator required for So: Write – Southampton based women’s writing group – Deadline: 14 October 2016

Soggy Brass at Southwark Playhouse open for submissions– Deadline: 16 October 2016

BBC Radio 4 Extra seeking comedy – Deadline: various, ending mid- October]

#TellYours – Development opportunity for storytellers – Deadline: 24 October 2016

Pokfulam Road Productions launches ‘Foreign Goods Last Forever’ showcase (female writers, Chinese or SE Asian only) – Deadline: 25 October 2016

Pub Theatre Festival Seeking Submissions from Emerging Theatre Makers – Deadline: Friday 28 October 2016

Chelsea Young Writers seeking teaching assistants/ facilitators– Deadline: 28 October 2016

Constance Cox Playwriting Competition from Sussex Playwrights’ Club (£7 entry fee, £150 prize) – Deadline: 31 October 2016

Writers required for La Musa Sulla Nuvola – The Muse on the Cloud – Deadline: 20 December 2016

365 Women A Year Playwriting Project open to submissions throughout 2016 – Deadline: 31 December 2016

Polemic Theatre Company accepting submissions for festival – Deadline: 1 January 2017 at 12.01am

Events and workshops: 

Storylab Evening Class (£215 fee) – 15 September – 1 December 2016

Make your Show: Workshop with Russell Lucas –  24 September 2016

LPB Workshop: Creative Inspiration for Playwrights: A Practical Workshop – Saturday 24 September 2016 from 10am-12pm

LPB Workshop:  Intro to Script Formatting: Tips & Tricks for a Professional-Looking Script – Saturday 24 September 2016 from 12-1pm

LPB Workshop:  How to Write Short Plays That Win – Saturday 24 September 2016 from 2-5pm

Writer’s Mutual Retreat in Bordeaux – 26 September – 2 October

The Script Onscreen: Workshop – How to Read a Film -4 October 2016

LPB Workshop:  Intensive Workshop: Mastering Microstructure – Thursday 6 October 7pm-9pm

Applications open to join the Jack Writers’ Workshop – Deadline for applications 8 October (starts 31 October)

Applications open to join the Writers Club of Directors Cut (£70/term) – Starts early October 2016

New Diorama Theatre: Fundraising Masterclass – 17 October 2016 (Deadline for enrolling 14 October 2016 at 12pm)

LPB Workshop:  Intensive Workshop: Writing Compelling Dialogue – Thursday 20 October 7pm-9pm

Arvon Course – Writing For Puppetry: Writing The Impossible – – 

Free Theatre Making/Writing Workshop at Hackney Museum – 27 October 2016

LPB Workshop:  Intensive Workshop: Making an Impact in Your Opening Scene – Thursday 3 November 2016 7pm-9pm

LPB Workshop:  Your Self-Producing Toolkit: A Daylong Introduction –  Saturday 12 November 2016 from 10.30am – 5pm

Arvon Course – Musical Theatre: Using music and lyrics to tell the tale – – 

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – deadline: none posted/ various

Ongoing submissions:

London Poet seeking film makers to collaborate with – Deadline: none

Edgemar Center for the Arts (Santa Monica) seeking new work for 2017 season – Deadline: none

Batty Mama seeking writers/ artists – Deadline: none posted

Rich Gifts Theatre seeking writers – Deadline: rolling

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling

BBC Comedy Classroom – Comedy writing resources for young people – various deadlines

Online Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting ($90) – no deadline

JW3 seeking submissions of pieces about Jewish culture – rolling

BFI Postroom open to submissions of films and scripts from emerging filmmakers – rolling

Writers’ Mutual writing group – Wednesdays 11am-1pm

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Ongoing submissions

Online Playwriting Course with Live Theatre (£95-£495) – rolling

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Ongoing (monthly event)

The Institute of Other seeking creative practitioners – Deadline: none posted

White Hart Trust Studios seeking international and foreign language theatre – Deadline: none posted

Pokfulam Rd Productions looking for playwrights and creatives – Deadline: none posted

55 Kings Contemporary Theatre Productions looking for writers – Deadline: none posted

Plane Paper Theatre call out for plays – Deadline: none posted

Theatrelab seeking scripts to perform at ‘WordPlay’ at Bath Spa University – Deadline: none posted

Londonville Lit offering reading slots – Deadline: none posted

Madam Renards Mini Fringe Festival Swindon open for applications from writers and performers – Deadline: none posted (festival takes place in 2016)

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: Rolling

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: None posted

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: None posted

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – No deadline posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month.

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: None (open submissions)

Poppy Seed – accepting submissions of 5 minute scripts for blog – Deadline: None posted

COG ARTSpace call out for playwrights! – Deadline: Non

Pursued By A Bear: “My fringe show failed. What next?

Pursued By A Bear is our weekly advice column with playwright Adam Taylor.  He’ll tackle your playwriting questions – from practical issues to existential dilemmas – relying on nothing but his bare wits, brute strength, and questionable personal experiences.

“Hi Adam. So I finally took the leap to put my show on in the fringe. (I won’t say what or where, and I guess I just have to hope you won’t google me.) I cleaned out my savings account and used nearly all of my holiday time to make it happen. I’d been working on the play for years and I really believed in it. But if I’m being honest, it was a total flop. The critics (at least the ones who came) hated it, and the industry people I invited won’t write back to my emails. I saw some of my family at a wedding over the weekend, and they were making jokes about it. I laughed it off, but honestly, I’m gutted. And broke. I thought this was going to be my big break (naive, I know), but it seems like it was all a big mistake. I still want to be a writer, but I used up all my resources, and don’t know if I’d have the heart to try again. Where do I go from here?”

I’ll start with a great quote from Albert Einstein; “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Whether Einstein said this or not (because I’m never quite convinced with these online quotes), the sentiment remains perfect.

Failure is part of the learning process. Wanting to succeed at something doesn’t necessarily affect your failure rate. However, it does affect how likely you are to keep trying after a failure. If you really want to be a writer you shouldn’t let this setback stop you.

Einstein himself struggled to gain initial momentum in his career as a physicist, working as a patent clerk for two years after graduating because he couldn’t secure a teaching post. He didn’t give up though, and of course eventually went on to become one of the most influential people to ever live through his revolutionary work in physics. He also now holds the dubious honour of having more inspirational internet quotes falsely attributed to him than anyone else in human history.

The short answer to your question is simple; carry on. Put this play behind you and start writing something new. Get back on the horse. And do it today.

I don’t care if what you write is pure nonsense, just make it fun. Start writing whatever comes into your head if you don’t have any ideas lined up. You don’t have to use what you write, it doesn’t have to be good, you just need to enjoy it. Put the last one out of your mind and have fun writing for a while.

It doesn’t feel like it now, but in time you’ll get over your disappointment. Once you start to get a bit of distance and the emotions have died down, I’d suggest going back to the unsuccessful play. Pretend it was written by someone else and imagine yourself as an audience member. Analyse that shit. Try to figure out why it didn’t work.

Was the message you were trying to get across strong enough? Were your characters unique? Were their motivations believable? Was the plot original? Was the dialogue engaging? Were their dull moments? Did the story keep moving forward?

Ask yourself all of the above questions and try to pinpoint exactly where you went wrong, in your opinion. If you spot a gaping plot hole or a dull character which is dragging the whole thing down you might be tempted to start rewriting it instantly. Don’t do it; put the play away in a drawer and come back to it in a year if you still think you have something important to say on the topic.

I honestly think sometimes we set out to write plays which require skills we don’t yet have. If an idea is vital but you haven’t managed to do it justice you might not be ready for it. Put it to one side until you’ve got another couple of plays under your belt then come back to it. I’m always surprised how easily I can spot problems when I revisit an unfinished draft from a few years ago.

A key piece of advice I’ll give is not to dwell on the critics’ reviews or remarks you overheard from audience members. It’s sometimes difficult to let that shit go, but you really have to, it will never do you any good. Some of it may be constructive criticism, but coming from strangers it’s very difficult to separate the helpful stuff from the throwaway comments.

Remember, a lot of critics tend to use hyperbole in negative reviews for effect. They want their reviews to read well, and saying “I was a little bit bored in the middle,” isn’t as interesting as saying “I desperately wanted to gouge my eyes out with a Peanut M&M.”

At least that’s what I always tell myself.

I wouldn’t worry too much about your family members laughing either. If the play really went down that badly you need to understand it’s probably awkward for them too. I’d say it’s better to all have a laugh about it than have them shower you with embarrassing sympathy and pats-on-the-back. Or even worse, watch them do their absolute best to avoid talking about it altogether.

I once had a chat with a friend after a show of mine she clearly hated, and in a misguided attempt to say something nice all she could come up with was; “I really liked it, yeah, the part with the – that was great, well done you. And the actors did so well remembering all those lines. Had a great burger before the show too, so that was nice. You look like you need a drink, I’ll get the drinks in.”

I would have honestly preferred if she’d said; “Well that was a pile of shit.” That would have nicely cleared the air and we could have moved on knowing our friendship was based on mutual honesty and respect and I wouldn’t have had to delete her from Facebook or piss through her letterbox or disconnect the brake cables on her car.

In all seriousness though, you can’t murder everyone who hates your work (however satisfying it might be). Putting a play out in the public domain inevitably opens you up to all kinds of feedback; positive, negative and indifferent. This is something you’ll have to learn to accept/ignore eventually. It’s probably better to learn that lesson early on than have it come as a big shock once you’ve got used to people saying nice things about you.

The other half of your question concerns using up all your resources taking the show to the Fringe. I don’t want to trivialise this, but in my experience it’s easier to recover financially than emotionally after an experience like this.

Pragmatically speaking, you managed to gather the funds for this show so there’s no reason why you can’t do it again. You said you used up all your savings and holiday, which tells me you probably have a job. The next Fringe is almost a year away so start saving again if that’s what you want to do.

My suggestion would be to learn as much as you can from this experience. If you’re not happy with the amount of money you lost on this show look into other sources of funding next time. Speaking from experience, taking a show to Edinburgh is expensive and exhausting. With your next show it would be worth trying to test it somewhere closer to home, even if just for a single performance, before going up to the Fringe. Once you have a script start looking for opportunities, however small, and see how the play works.

A test run will give you the chance to see how it plays in front of an audience. You’ll then be able to fine-tune things before going to the Fringe.

Another option is to approach producers or companies with your script. If they decide to put the play on they’ll do a lot of the work in terms of securing funding and organising all the logistical aspects, leaving you to stick to the writing and continue honing your craft.

Self-producing can be a fantastic way to showcase your work as an unknown writer. At the same time, it requires a huge amount of self-belief, organisation and a thick skin. Not everyone is cut out to do everything, ask yourself honestly if you’d be better off taking a back-seat once the writing is done.

Audiences are unpredictable, artistic merit is subjective. Putting all your resources into an untested show at the Fringe was a big gamble. This time around it didn’t pay off. Learn from the experience and do things differently next time. You’ll become a stronger writer, and a stronger person.

 

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Opportunities: Pick of the Week – WriterSlam open for submissions (TV Drama)

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: WriterSlam open for submissions (TV Drama)

Description: WriterSlam is returning on 14th November at St James’ Theatre, Victoria! This edition of WriterSlam is supported the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky, it’s open to all writers and this time round, they’re looking for ideas for scripted drama series. Writers should submit a short synopsis  of their idea and 10-15 pages of an episode.

What’s so great about it? This is a whopper of an opportunity for all you budding TV writers out there! Five finalists will attend a workshop with industry professionals and have their work performed at event with Triforce Productions, Sky, Channel 4 and the BBC. The winner will receive a paid development commission from TriForce Productions, culminating in an industry table read in Spring 2017 supported by Sky Drama. The runner up will receive a guaranteed place on the BBC’s Introduction to Continuing Drama workshop – their invite only workshop for writer’s hoping to write for the BBC’s award winning continuing dramas; Holby City, Casualty, Doctors and Eastenders.

If that sounds good, don’t worry about scrambling to write a whole episode of your series, Writerslam realise that not everyone has a full script ready to go so you just need to concentrate on sending in a polished 10-15 pages and a killer short synopsis. Good luck!

Read the full details here

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Image via Triforce Website

London Poet seeking film makers to collaborate with

Writer and poet Amber Agha is looking for new or established film makers to collaborate with.
For full information and to get a feel for her work, please check out her  website and sound cloud channel to get a feel for her work. A fee may be negotiated if appropriate/needed. (www.amberagha.com)
Note from Amber: it would be great to meet up, chat and see if we are both on the same page of wanting to create work of a similar vein. Something that gets people to awaken to love, unity and the shadow aspects in us.
Submissions and queries should be sent to: ambs@live.co.uk
Deadline: none posted
Source: direct contact

#TellYours – Development opportunity for storytellers

#TELLYOURS – A DEVELOPMENT SCHEME FOR EMERGING STORYTELLERS WANTING TO TELL MYTH THEIR WAY

Applications are now open for #TellYours, a development programme for emerging storytellers interested in reimagining and performing myths, folklore and fairy tales. The scheme is kindly supported by Arts Council England and the 8 places available are fully funded.  As part of the scheme storytellers will receive:

1) A one-day workshop with internationally recognised storyteller Chirine El Ansary on Saturday November 19th

2) On-going support to develop and refine your story

3) One one-to-one story development session

4) A complimentary ticket to Magic and Power in The Thousand and One Nights

More information and applications: http://filoticoarts.com/tell-yours

Application deadline: Monday October 24th

Source: direct contact

Anonymous Is A Woman Theatre Company 50/50 Gender Equality Scratch Night – ‘Sexual Politics’

“AIAWTC presents… “50/50″ at the Pleasance Theatre (Main House) After the sold-out success of our first scratch night at The Arts Theatre in March 2016, we are proud to announce the return of 50/50.”

New and established theatre companies will again have the chance to perform, network, discuss, and most importantly celebrate equality in casting. Bringing together some of the most exciting emerging theatre companies in our egalitarian extravaganza!

“We are looking for submissions of short scenes, monologues, and extracts from theatre – new writing or exciting twists on well loved works. We will compere the night so that the casts are equally split men-to-women across the evening. But your scene could be all-male, all-female or something in between! To Enter: The deadline for applications is Monday 3rd October at 5pm. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the 5th with an invitation to meet us w/c 10th October. At the next round we would like to meet with you to see a short section of your work in action. We will notify the ten successful groups as soon as we can, allowing one month then to fully prepare the piece.”

How to apply: you’ll need to apply through Hiive.

Deadline: 3 October 2016

Source: Hiive

The Leytonstone Itch seeking 5-10 minute scenes

The Leytonstone Itch a bi-monthly night at Leytonstone’s award winning ‘All You Read is Love’ (http://www.allyoureadislove.com). It is a scratch night like no other, an opportunity to try out ideas and share new work in a warm supportive environment. You can get feedback, make friends and contacts, or simply be inspired! We are looking for acts and audience members for our next event Sunday 9th October at 4pm. It can be anything – music, theatre, dance, comedy, and everything in between!

We have been running this event since July 2015 and it has been hugely popular with artists and audiences across London. Check out www.facebook.com/leytonstoneitch for more information and regular updates.

For Performers – Want to share your work? Please send us a short sample of your piece or idea. This can be a video/recording, a sample of the text, or simply a proposal outlining the idea and your background as an artist. We will consider the piece for our lineup.

For Writers: Blindly Cast Readings

One of the highlights of The Itch event are our ‘blindly-cast readings’. Writers submit 5-10 minute scenes or plays and three are chosen to be read and discussed on the night. We assemble a group of readers and cast them against type. They then have 15 minutes to prepare and share the scene. Audiences love it and writers will testify how useful it is to see your work performed in a very different way and get feedback from audiences. Feeling brave? Submit a 5-10 minute extract or play to us or volunteer as a reader.

Submissions

Please email scratchlikenoother@gmail.com for more info, to volunteer as a reader, or to submit your ideas & plays. Deadline September 27th, & the lineup will be chosen by Oct 1. Any idea you send will be considered for future Itches if not chosen this time.

Deadline: 27 September 2016

Source: Arts Jobs

Writer/ Facilitator required for So: Write – Southampton based women’s writing group

They’re  looking to appoint an experienced, versatile Writer/Facilitator to lead a fortnightly Women’s Writing Group as part of the SO:Write project. Each session will be 2hrs long and will be open to women of mixed ability, aged 18 and over. One session a month will take place on a Saturday.

The Writer/Facilitator will be required to provide a safe and supportive environment that encourages, nurtures and develops participants and welcomes those who may lack self-confidence.

The Writer/Facilitator will be supported by a project manager, and there will also be admin, evaluation, and marketing support from an assistant volunteer.

Applicants are requested to outline a structured delivery proposal that takes into account accessibility for a mixed ability group and that works in connection with other cultural events in Southampton.  For example, the British Art Show is visiting the city between October 2016 and January 2017, and we would like to see events and opportunities like this and other local arts-based projects used as a focal point to engage and inspire the group. Applicants are also requested to provide two example workshop plans showing time and content management and an up-to-date CV detailing relevant experience.

This is an exciting opportunity for a writer to work with a group over an extended period of time and to deliver engaging projects that develop and broadcast women’s voices in the city to a wider audience. Remuneration is £90 per session, inclusive of planning time and any post-session support.

Please email applications to matt@artfulscribe.co.uk with a subject heading of ‘SO:Write Women’s Writing Group Facilitator’. Please send any queries to the same address.

Deadline for applications is 5pm, 14th October 2016

Source: Arts Jobs