BFI Film Academy – Shepperton Studios (16-19 year olds)

Aged 16- 19?

Passionate about filmmaking?

If so the BFI Film Academy is for you!

The Resource Productions BFI Film Academy course covers every area of the filmmaking process. It enables you to develop your commercial and cultural knowledge and equips you with the skills neede to make a career in film a reality.

The BFI Film Academies will run:

Pinewood Studios Course: 14th January – 18th February 2017 (Saturdays only)

Shepperton Course: 13th February – 18th February 2017 (every day)

Further information:
End Date
£25 (Bursaries are available)
Contact name
Amanda Dorsett
01753 55 33 74


How to apply: visit Hiive for all the details

Deadline for Applications: Monday 12th December 2016

Source: Hiive

Creativity Works: Film – free course for 17-24 year olds (London)

Kickstart your career in the Film Industry with this free, 6 week course for 17 – 24 year olds

The course offers:
Intensive hands on training with film and commercial agencies
Bootcamps that prep for production roles
On set work experience
Training in camera operation, audio, post and pre-production and editing
Support with a quality show reel
One-to-one mentoring
Guaranteed interviews for paid opportunities and networking with industry masters

To apply you must be:
17-24 years old
Living in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest or Barking and Dagenham (other London boroughs may also be considered)
Free full time from the 15 November to the 09 December 2016
Passionate about film and getting into production and running roles

Course structure:
You’ll need to be free full time from the 15 November to 09 December 2016 for training that takes place across central and East London (travel and subsistence is covered and participation will not affect your benefits)

For full details, visit Hiive

Deadline: none but the course starts on 15 November 2016

Source: Hiive

Little Pieces of Gold seeking short plays

Little Pieces of Gold, a theatre company dedicated to new writing is looking for short plays which capture the theme of keeping hopes and dreams alive. So plays about second chances, moving on and opportunities for change. Stories could be set within the personal or domestic realm or address wider political, societal or environmental concerns.

A shortlist will be published a few days after the deadline and selected plays will be cast and fully rehearsed by their directing team.

Play Submission Guidelines:

  • Plays must be no longer than 10 minutes
  • 4 characters maximum
  • Very basic sound/lighting
  • No extracts from full-length plays  and no TV or film scripts
  • Standard stageplay format
  • Playwrights must live in the UK and preferably be able to attend the performance 

    Please email submissions to:

    For more information please visit the Little Pieces of Gold website.

Deadline: Monday 5 December, midnight.

Source: BBC Writersroom

Paper Nations and Mix Conference call for Artwork/ Writers

Paper Nations and Mix Conference call for Artwork

About Mix Conference artwork call

The biannual conference, Mix 2017 has teamed up with Paper Nations to commission a writer or artistic team to create a new literary artwork for the Bath Spa University’s MediaWall. Total budget £8000 (including all expenses).

“For the month of July 2017, we want to commission a new artwork by an artist/writer or team of international standing, launched as part of the MIX 2017 conference. The artwork will need to include original writing from young people age 8-14. The aim is to encourage a high level of engagement from all young people across England and we would welcome innovative methods for mass participation such as crowdsourcing.

Following the successful delivery of the artwork the Paper Nations team may wish to work with you to further develop the scope of your project. We are keen to use the MediaWall project as a model of best practice for embedding digital writing outreach programmes in schools across England and especially the South-West.”

For more information of how to apply go to:

Deadline: Monday 14th November 2016, midnight.

Source: Arts Jobs

Writing Workshop Facilitator required – North Yorkshire (paid)

“Take Our Words For It” – creative writing by and for parents.

Parents4Parents-NorthYorks is launching a creative writing project with parents from military and civilian families in and around Catterick.

The project will engage parents who have faced difficult circumstances when expecting and looking after their children as members of the “ Take Our Words For It” Team.

The Team will use various forms of writing to share the experiences and issues they have faced and express their feelings and thoughts about them.

Their work will be performed for and discussed with audiences of other parents.

We are seeking two or more accomplished writers to facilitate 8 workshops with project participants. Each facilitator will be paid a minimum of £100 per workshop.

One of the facilitators will be slected to assist in co-ordinating the Team for an additional £80.00 per day.

To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must have:

1. Experience of facilitating writing workshops in informal community settings, that:

  • Draw on the life experience of parents who have experienced different kinds of adversity and hardship.
  • Include spoken words skills and lead to presentations delivered by workshop participants.

2. The following skills and qualities:

  • Teaching one or more of the following forms of writing: articles or blogs, first person memoirs, monologues, plays, poetry, prose, stories, testimony.
  • Facilitating group development.
  • Supporting people in sharing and writing about difficult experiences and issues.
  • Raising confidence and self-esteem.
  • Empathy and respect for vulnerable parents.

It would be an advantage to candidates if they can demonstrate that they have knowledge or direct personal experience of:

  • Using community development processes
  • The issues that affect the lives of parents from military families
  • The issues that affect the lives of parents from diverse and marginalised communities

To apply for this work, please submit, your CV, a supporting personal statement, a piece of your own writing about a personal experience that relates to the focus for the project and a plan for a writing workshop.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a second stage of the selection process led by Parents4Parents service users.

Deadline: 18 November 2016

Source: Arts Jobs

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 28 October 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: RSL Brookleaze Grants for Writers

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

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:


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

Adapt to Film, a new training programme for professional writers – Deadline 28 October 2016, early bird OR 6 November 2016

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

Penguin Random House launch WriteNow for new writers– Deadline: 28 October 2016

Talawa script submission window open (Black writers in the UK) – Deadline: 31 October 2016

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

BFI Bursaries available for The Screen Arts Institute – Deadline: 4 November 2016

RSL Brookleaze Grants for writers – Deadline: 7 November 2016

BBC New Directors’ Scheme – Doctors – Deadline: 14 November 2016

Channel 4/ Touchpaper 4Stories Scheme for writers – Deadline: 14 November 2016

Thumb Stopping Moments: Totally Money Short Film Competition (prize fund of £10K) – Deadline: 11 November 2016

Octagon Theatre Bolton Top Five Festival – accepting submissions – Deadline: 30 November 2016

Co-producing opportunity for a play with Jewish themes – Deadline: 8 December 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

Shakespeare Shorts Competition– Deadline: 31 December 2016

The MMBF Trust offering £250 fund for creative projects – Deadline: 31 December 2016

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

Events and workshops: 

Outside the Frame – Writing Workshops– Deadline: none, but workshops start in October 2016

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




Playwriting course with Jennifer Farmer at the Bishopsgate Institute – Starts 31 October 2016

TV DRAMA: Script Editing & Development with Philip Shelley, Cardiff (HETV Levy Fund): Starts 1 November 2016

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

The Writers Lab of Homeland Theatre: Workshop with Vertebra Theatre – 5,6 November 2016

In Conversation with Anne Edyvean, Head of BBC Writersroom – free event – 9 November 2016

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: None posted

Opportunities: Pick of the Week -RSL Brookleaze Grants for writers

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: RSL Brookleaze Grants for writers

Description:  Awarded by the Royal Society of Literature, the RSL Brookleaze Grants support writers (novelists, playwrights, poets, short story writers) who need time away from their ‘normal’ lives – to take sabbaticals from their jobs, for example, or to travel abroad for research – to write. The deadline for applications for the current round of submissions is Monday, 7 November, 2016. £5,000 is available annually for writers in need of financial support to see a project to completion. This is awarded in two rounds- spring and autumn – and may be split between two or three people per round (averaging four recipients per year). Grants are awarded to writers (see above) who need time away from their commitments to research and write in order to get a project closer to publication or performance.

So, what’s so great about it? Being a playwright can be tricky financially: you need more time to write but you have to spend all your time working to pay the bills. For lots of writers, a bit of extra cash could go a long way in getting that project finished. If that’s you, a Brookleaze Grant might be just the thing. We reckon it’s worth a shot anyway!

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 Flickr Creative Commons Ken Teegardin


Channel 4/ Touchpaper launch 4Stories scheme for writers

Channel 4 is launching a new talent scheme which will bring on the next generation of writers and directors giving them the chance to see their work broadcast on Channel 4.

The scheme, 4Stories, is aimed at encouraging applications from talent currently under-represented in television drama – women, disabled people, BAME and people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

4Stories will give three directors and three writers the opportunity to work on a new three part series of half-hour interconnected films. It will tell one main story, from three different perspectives and is being produced by Touchpaper Television.

The opportunity is open to writers who have not had an original single, serial or series broadcast on UK television. Writers who have contributed to episodes on soaps, series or serials are eligible to apply but can have had no more than 2 hours of broadcast credits.


As part of the paid development programme, writing trainees will participate in a writer’s room which will create the series. They will be tutored by, and work with, experienced drama producers at Touchpaper TV where their scripts will be developed.

The process will see trainee writers and directors learn how to hone their skills and deliver their vision under the guidance of experienced drama professionals.

They will also be mentored by high profile drama talent, and will take part in a bespoke training programme to run alongside and beyond the production of the series. It will include masterclasses, networking sessions, coaching, career development and access to key industry events.

This is a unique opportunity for emerging writers and directors to make an authored TV drama with a guaranteed network broadcast.

Commissioned by Channel 4 and produced by Touchpaper Television, a Banijay Company, the aim is to create an eye-catching, original and bold series.

Directors have to apply with a short or long form film and writers have to apply with an original full script for TV, radio, film or stage. The closing date for writers’ applications is 14 November 2016 and for directors’ applications, 12 December 2016.

4Stories is a new talent scheme, bought by the producers of Coming Up, and has been commissioned by Channel 4

How to apply: apply via the website

Deadline: 14 November 2016 (writers)

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Page

Outside the Frame – Writing Workshops

Outside The Frame Arts which I have developed poet Hafsah Bashir.

In their words:

Our project ‘Platform for Palestinian Arts’ is taking place between October 2016 to January 2017. With a series of workshops happening all over Manchester. Please share this email widely! And join our mailing list by contacting

Our first writing workshop will be on October 28th from 6.30pm to 9.30pm in collaboration with Manchester Muslim Writers and led by the well-known writer Zahid Hussain (author of ‘Curry Mile’) The workshop is FREE but booking is required here.  Please also share our facebook event.

Zahid Hussain: “This workshop will be slightly different to the usual Manchester Muslim Writers events; it is a ticketed event (oh my!), but the tickets are FREE (woohoo!). But nothing is free in life and so, if you do decide to come, you will be expected to WRITE something and get involved (oh drat!).

And before you ask me, YES Palestinians have written lots of plays over the years, but my guess is – and this really is a guess – you will probably never have studied a single one of them at school. Well, let’s correct that glaring omission and provide a Platform for Palestinian Arts.”

Deadline: none posted

Source: direct contact




Outside The Frame Arts Collective, are currently delivering a project that explores Palestinian playwrights and poets. Shining a light on often under-represented writers and artists.


Please donate to our crowdfund to help push our project further


In Conversation with Anne Edyvean, Head of BBC Writersroom – free event

The third University Women in the Arts public event will be an ‘In Conversation’ session with our very own Anne Edyvean – Head of BBC Writersroom!

It takes place in London at 6pm on Weds, 9th November. Venue details are currently TBC and tickets are free but limited, so if you want in, reserve your place now!

The event is particularly targeted at female students studying arts subjects at universities across the UK but is open to anyone who would like access to the sessions.

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts, said: ‘We are looking forward our University Women in the Arts event with Anne Edyvean… [We hope the session will] provide a useful and free opportunity for women to learn about Anne’s career, the challenges and blessings she has faced and how she has overcome and embraced them, and receive advice on working in the arts. I think one of the problems for women in the arts has been a lack of access to advice and roles models for how to manage their careers – we hope this year long scheme will provide the opportunity to get advice from 15 women leading the way in the arts in the UK and discover what they have learnt over the course of their careers.’

You can apply for tickets now or find out more about University Women in the Arts by visiting the initiative’s official website.

Date: 9 November 2016 at 6pm

Source: BBC Writersroom