Opportunities weekly round-up: 18 April 2014

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).

Rosebery Management accepting short film scripts for 30th anniversary – Deadline: none posted

Ticket to Write seeking one act plays about the Beatles (£20 fee) – Deadline: 18 April 2014

What’s Funny… About the Referendum on Scottish Independence? BBC accepting comedy material (15-24) – Deadline: 21 April 2014

Chesil Theatre Company accepting 10 minute plays– Deadline: 25 April 2014

Introduction to short film screenwriting workshop with IdeasTap – Deadline: 25 April 2014

New Perspectives Theatre seeks playwright for rural theatre research project – Deadline: 25 April 2014

A Friend of a Friend Productions seeking short plays about Southwark in ‘What’s Your Story?’ (Southwark-based writers only) – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Royal Society of Literature Brookleaze Grants for Writers – Deadline: 30 April 2014

East 15 playwriting competition open for submissions – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Traverse Theatre open to submissions from UK Writers – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Sixteen Feet Productions accepting short plays (Lambeth based writers only) – Deadline: 1 May 2014

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays on subject of Social Media – Deadline: 5 May 2014

Sketch submissions sought for Behind the Bikeshed – Deadline: 5 May 2014

DVM Theatre accepting ideas for scratch night – Deadline: 9 May 2014

Tamasha seeking submissions for scratch night – Deadline: 9 May 2014

BBC Writersroom’s Scriptroom 6 coming soon – accepting submissions of Comedy (Radio/TV/Film) – Deadline: 12 May 2014 (*Note: Submissions do not open until 28 April 2014)

BAFTA accepting scripts for comedy showcase (entry fee) – Deadline: 19 May 2014

ArtsEd Short Film Scripts – a chance to get your short film produced – Deadline: 23 May 2014

Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize launched (£20 entry fee) – Deadline: 30 May 2014

BBC Writersroom/ IdeasTap writing workshop – Deadline: 30 May 2014

Organised Chaos accepting submissions (£5 entry) – Deadline: 31 May 2014

Pint-sized Plays 2014 – open for submissions (entry fee)- Deadline: 31 May 2014

IdeasTap accepting submissions on theme of ‘Apocalypse’ – Deadline: 13 June 2014 at 5pm

The Newspeak Theatre Company seeks writer for their writers-room – Deadline: 30 June 2014

2013 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award– Deadline: 1 July 2014

Alfred Fagon award 2014 open for applications from playwrights of Caribbean or African descent – Deadline: 1 August 2014

Yale Drama Series Competition 2014 – Deadline 15 August 2014

Ongoing submissions:

Ice & Fire/ Amnesty International UK – rolling submissions for plays with human rights theme – Deadline: Ongoing

Performance Platform Opportunity, University of Greenwich – Deadline: None posted

Quids In Theatre Co seeking 40-60 minute plays for lunchtime series – Deadline: Ongoing

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – No deadline posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month through to June 2014.

ScriptSpace development workshop at The Space – Deadline: None

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

Open Arts Cafe Call for Submissions – Deadline: None posted

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

BAREtruth Theatre looking for full length scripts – Deadline: None posted

Tamasha seeking submissions for scratch night

 

Tamasha is now seeking submissions for its next Scratch event on Friday, 20 June 2014 at Rich Mix, E1. Scratch nights provide an opportunity for artists to showcase their work in a professional setting to a public audience. This enables the artists to test out their work and to receive feedback to further develop their ideas.

The next Scratch event has an open call inviting artists to submit theatrical, visual or written pieces on any themeThey are looking for scenes and stories that are bold, exciting and new.

This opportunity is open to artists from all backgrounds. Artists are encouraged to submit works in mediums such as video, animation and photography as well as new writing for theatre. Successful submissions will be showcased during the Scratch evening and those that are ‘online friendly’ will also be considered for the Tamasha Online Gallery.

Tamasha can offer: • support and mentoring if necessary to realise written pieces into a public performance • access to rehearsal space if required (subject to availability) • increased exposure by marketing your involvement via our email database and social media  • the opportunity to get audience feedback on your work • the opportunity to network with peers at the end of the event

Submissions should be: • Existing work or work in progress, which will be ready for public viewing on 20 June, 2014. • No more than 15 minutes in duration (either a complete piece or an extract from a longer piece). Performances in particular may involve a cast of no more than 3 characters (monologues that are character driven, and reveal a narrative beneath, are encouraged) • A piece that requires minimal technical set-up. Please keep it simple!

If you are interested in submitting your piece, please send:

  •  An outline of the work that you would like to be considered – please include: the length of the work; any previous public showings or performances etc. (maximum 500 words)
  • A statement on what you hope to get out of taking part in the Scratch (maximum 500 words)
  • A draft copy of the work (while there will be time for editing/re-working upon inclusion in the scratch, the quality of the work is of primary importance).
  • Any film, animation, photographs or other visually-based submissions should be sent through a link (eg. through Vimeo, YouTube, or Flickr). Please do not send any visual material via email.
  • A current CV

All submissions must:

Deadline: Friday 9 May, midday.

For any questions, please contact:  General Enquiries: Felicity or Cathy on 020 7749 0090 or admin@tamasha.org.uk  Content: Amy, Scratch Producer on guest@tamasha.org.uk

Source: @Playwriting_UK

BBC Writersroom/ IdeasTap writing workshop

BBC Writersroom are giving 40 aspiring screen, stage and radio writers the opportunity to attend a practical, hands-on workshop at The Lowry, Salford. It will take place on Tuesday 8 July 2014.

The workshop will take place from 2pm to 5pm, with a free lunch being served at 1pm for all attendees.

The workshop will be delivered by Henry R. Swindell, development executive for BBC Writersroom.

After the workshop, attendees will be asked to upload scripts, based on their learning at the workshop, by the end of August. All 40 will receive a professional script report on their submitted work by the end of October.

How to apply: you’ll need to become a member of IdeasTap and upload a dramatic monologue or short play (for stage, radio or screen) to your IdeasTap portfolio. Your piece must be one to five pages long. Before applying, please make sure that you are able to attend the workshop in Salford on Tuesday 8 July.

Deadline: 30 May 2014

The winners of this brief will be announced on Friday 13 June.

Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs page

Rosebery Management accepting short film scripts for 30th anniversary

In celebration of their 30th anniversary, Rosebery Management is producing a series of short films & are currently looking for screenplay submissions. These scripts must be written for film, be no longer than five minutes in length & must be around a theme of 30 and should also be set in London.

How to apply: please email submissions to admin@roseberymanagement.com

Deadline: none posted

Source: Soho Theatre e-newsletter

Pint-sized Plays 2014 – open for submissions (entry fee)

Pint-sized Plays is now in its seventh year and recognised as one of the leading international competitions for short 5-10 minute plays.  The 2014 competition is now open.

Plays can be poignant, funny or downright hilarious, but they have to be between 5 and 10 minutes long with only two or three characters and be capable of being performed in the actual bar area of a pub, using only available furniture and any props which can be carried by the cast. There are no restrictions in terms of theme (as long as it’s suitable for performance in a pub)

The six winners will be performed in pubs in Pembrokeshire starting Tenby Festival Week and then all ten plays compete at the Script Slam (where the audience vote for their favourite) held at Theatr Gwaun in Fishguard. Winning scripts will also be considered to be included in a published anthology of scripts – the first two volumes of which are now published.

How to apply: please visit the website for full rules of entry and to submit your play. There is a £5.50 entry fee for this competition.

Deadline: 31 May 2014

Source: Pint-sized Plays e-newsletter

BAFTA Rocliffe accepting scripts for comedy showcase (entry fee)

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Rocliffe today announced a call for scripts from 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.

How to apply:  Applications are open at http://bit.ly/BAFTARocliffe 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.

Additional application details can be found in their Terms & Conditions.

What you pay:  There are different rates depending on when and how you apply:

  • Early Bird fee is £32 for hard copies (posted or hand delivered).
  • Final Entry fee is £42 for hard copies (posted or hand delivered).
  • Email entries cost an additional £10 to the above fee.

What you get: The chosen writers will receive:

  • A BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase featuring professional actors performing their work in front of an industry audience at GEITF or the NYTVF. Audience members across the festivals will include representatives from BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Sky, Comedy Central, Sky, FOX, FX, VH1, MTV, IFC and major independent production companies;
  • Feedback during the event from top television industry guests – gaining vital tips and encouragement. The 2013 NYTVF/BAFTA New York event was chaired by Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation);
  • One-to-one development mentoring sessions by top UK and US comedy commissioners and independent production companies;
  • A GEITF festival pass and/or a New York Television Festival ‘Official Artist’ pass;
  • Pitch and networking training;
  • Travel and accommodation for the festival for which they are selected;
  • One-to-one meetings with top UK talent agents;
  • Bespoke industry networking opportunities.

Deadline:  Early Bird Monday 14 April 2014; Final deadline Monday 19 May 2014

Source: BAFTA Rocliffe Forum

2013 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award

Each year, the Foundation of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences administers the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award. The competition is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and to offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to one-hour (commercial length) English-language television drama script.

Eligibility:

  • The Applicant must be a non-U.S. citizen residing outside of the U.S.
  • The Applicant must not have reached his/her 30th birthday as of December 31, 2013.
  • The Applicant must deliver an original completed DRAMA script for television, written in English. (Drama Series: A dramatic production in which theme, storyline and main characters are presented
  • under the same title.)
  • The script may be originally written in any language, but must be submitted in English.
  • The script must be a minimum of a half hour and a maximum of one hour in length (commercial length.)
  • The script should be a stand-alone or pilot script, not a random episode that is part of a series.
  • All Applicants must provide a completed entry/release form to be eligible.
  • Applicants may not have had a script or contributed any written words to any fiction material produced and/or aired on television prior to date of entry.
  • Material that has previously been sold or is currently under option may not be submitted.
  • Only one entry per scriptwriter will be accepted.
  • If part of a writing team, each scriptwriter must meet all of the eligibility requirements without
  • exception.
  • In the event that the winning script has multiple writers, only one writer must be designated to receive the award, prize money and trip to New York.
  • Previous winners of this award or any award/fellowship given by The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation are not eligible.
  • There is no charge for this competition.

What to submit/How to apply:  Entries must be submitted by email to foundation@iemmys.tv.  The application form can be found here.

Your application should include all of the following:
  1. The script (including a cover page listing the title of the script, the author’s name, address, telephone number and email) attached as a .pdf, .doc, or .rtf file
  2. A summary of the script, totaling no more than 250 words, but no less than 100 words
  3. A signed copy of the entry/release form (scanned & emailed, or faxed to +1-212-489-6557)
  4. A one (1) page resume or biography of the writer
Upon receipt, all entries are reviewed to ensure that eligibility requirements are met.  All entrants will receive confirmation by email that their submission has been received.  No script will be returned.

What you get: The winner will be flown to New York City to be presented with an award and a US$2,500 prize at the International Emmy® World Television Festival. The winning script will be read by actors in front of an audience at the Festival, and the winner will be invited to take part in the red carpet festivities at the International Emmy® Awards.

Deadline: 1 July 2014

Source: BBC Writersroom

Opportunities weekly round-up: 11 April 2014

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).

Applications now open for the Live Theatre Playwriting course – Deadline: 6 April 2014 11 April 2014

NEWSBOY seeking short plays about colonisation – Deadline: 11 April 2014

Putney Theatre Company accepting submissions of short plays – Deadline: 13 April 2014

Free Masterclass with BBC Writersroom at Curve Theatre, Leicester’s Inside Out Festival – Deadline: workshop takes place on 12 April 2014 but you need to book in advance

Page to Stage Festival accepting plays Deadline: 31 March 2014 14 April 2014

The Nick Darke Award 2014 is open for submissions for £6000 prize – Deadline: 14 April 2014

Encompass Productions seeking 5-20min plays for ‘Bare Essentials’ – Deadline: 14 April 2014

Ticket to Write seeking one act plays about the Beatles (£20 fee) – Deadline: 18 April 2014

What’s Funny… About the Referendum on Scottish Independence? BBC accepting comedy material (15-24) – Deadline: 21 April 2014

Chesil Theatre Company accepting 10 minute plays– Deadline: 25 April 2014

Introduction to short film screenwriting workshop with IdeasTap – Deadline: 25 April 2014

New Perspectives Theatre seeks playwright for rural theatre research project – Deadline: 25 April 2014

A Friend of a Friend Productions seeking short plays about Southwark in ‘What’s Your Story?’ (Southwark-based writers only) – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Royal Society of Literature Brookleaze Grants for Writers – Deadline: 30 April 2014

East 15 playwriting competition open for submissions – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Traverse Theatre open to submissions from UK Writers – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Sixteen Feet Productions accepting short plays (Lambeth based writers only) – Deadline: 1 May 2014

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays on subject of Social Media – Deadline: 5 May 2014

Sketch submissions sought for Behind the Bikeshed – Deadline: 5 May 2014

DVM Theatre accepting ideas for scratch night – Deadline: 9 May 2014

BBC Writersroom’s Scriptroom 6 coming soon – accepting submissions of Comedy (Radio/TV/Film) – Deadline: 12 May 2014 (*Note: Submissions do not open until 28 April 2014)

BAFTA accepting scripts for comedy showcase (entry fee) – Deadline: 19 May 2014

ArtsEd Short Film Scripts – a chance to get your short film produced – Deadline: 23 May 2014

Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize launched (£20 entry fee) – Deadline: 30 May 2014

Organised Chaos accepting submissions (£5 entry) – Deadline: 31 May 2014

IdeasTap accepting submissions on theme of ‘Apocalypse’ – Deadline: 13 June 2014 at 5pm

The Newspeak Theatre Company seeks writer for their writers-room – Deadline: 30 June 2014

Alfred Fagon award 2014 open for applications from playwrights of Caribbean or African descent – Deadline: 1 August 2014

Yale Drama Series Competition 2014 – Deadline 15 August 2014

Ongoing submissions:

Ice & Fire/ Amnesty International UK – rolling submissions for plays with human rights theme – Deadline: Ongoing

Performance Platform Opportunity, University of Greenwich – Deadline: None posted

Quids In Theatre Co seeking 40-60 minute plays for lunchtime series – Deadline: Ongoing

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – No deadline posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month through to June 2014.

ScriptSpace development workshop at The Space – Deadline: None

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

Open Arts Cafe Call for Submissions – Deadline: None posted

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

BAREtruth Theatre looking for full length scripts – Deadline: None posted

 

Sketch submissions sought for Behind the Bikeshed

Sketch Submissions Wanted!  Behind The Bikeshed are a london based non-profit sketch collective. They are producing a show in May and we want to showcase your sketches!

The show does not yet have a name but it will be themed around the idea of:

“Midnight in the garden, a picnic of earthly delights.  Midnight is the moment of change, the unexpected, the time when everything is not what it seems. Tip toeing through the rabbit hole, what’s on the other side? Is it actually greener?”

What to submit: They are looking for sketches about 2-3 minutes long, inspired by the themes above.

How to apply: Please submit your sketches to info@behindthebikeshed.com by Monday 5th May, 3pm.

The show will be on at the Ophelia Theatre, 574 Kingsland Rd, Dalston, London, E8 4AH in late May 2014. Unfortunately as they are non-profit and operate on a shoe-string they cannot pay you for your efforts, but they will happily comp you a ticket and a free drink at the show.

For further details about us and our past shows, please visit: www.behindthebikeshed.com.

Deadline: Monday 5 May 2014 at 3pm

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

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