Public Display of Affection seeking West Sussex writers for short films project

Public Display of Affection are looking for Writers and Producers to work on a series of 3 short formal drama projects in West Sussex.

If you are a writer and or producer living in WEST SUSSEX please do get in touch.

About the Project/s:

Leanne. An urban fantasy about a young girl accepting her friend is dying from Leukaemia – set against the concrete suburbia of a Newtown in the 1990’s.

Alien Kulture. A music-heavy dark comedy about a short-lived Punk Band who missed playing at the legendary Rock Against Racism gig in 1979.

Conquest. The year of his Nobel prize winning book, Bengali poet Tagore visits a bohemian seaside town and befriends a young actor.

What they  are looking for:

  • Producer – Experienced with Short form and/or feature films
  • Co-writer – Experience in TV/Film Drama and Theatre

How to apply:Please email your CV along with a short cover letter explaining your interest in the projects and what you can bring to the role.

Please put the name of role you are applying for clearly in the subject line.

These are paid positions however rate to be negotiable after successful application. They will be equal to or above the National Minimal Wage.

Deadline: 20 April 2019 

Source: Arts Jobs UK

MA TV Fiction Writing Scholarships: Glasgow Caledonian University – open for applications

Are you interested in a career writing fiction for the television industry?

There are six scholarships available for the 2019/20 MA in TV Fiction Writing course at Glasgow Caledonian University.

MA TV Fiction Writing Scholarships covering full fee costs will be awarded to excellent applicants who show particular motivation and talent.

The scholarships are supported by industry partners including BBC Scotland. One scholarship, supported by MG Alba, is open to Gaelic speaking candidates. 

How to apply: 

Find out full details and apply on the Glasgow Caledonian University website

Deadline: 1 June 2019

Source: BBC Writersroom

Introduction to Screenwriting Masterclass with the BFI Network Film, Hub North & Leeds Playhouse

BFI NETWORKFilm Hub North and Leeds Playhouse are teaming up to help equip new writers based in the North of England with the essential tools and skills to write for the screen.

This day-long masterclass will be led by Script Consultant Ray Grewal and introduce storytelling in feature films, short films and include a practical exercise in cinematic storytelling.

They’re looking for talented new film writers and writers from different disciplines like theatre, poetry, stand-up, spoken word and novels to take part. It will take place on Saturday 13th April 2019 at Leeds Playhouse,

How to apply: find out more, including how to apply, on the Film Hub North website

Deadline: 25 March 2019 at 5pm

Source: BBC Writersroom


BBC Documentaries New Directors’ Initiative open for applications

The BBC is looking for the next generation of documentary film makers. Six candidates will be given the opportunity to produce and direct their first long-form documentary for BBC Three. 

Previous films made by new directors on the initiative include: Abused by My GirlfriendManchester Bomb: Our Story, and Grandad, Dementia and Me.

Successful applicants will be housed for the duration of the project at a leading production company, who will oversee the development, filming and post production of the idea. Please note that the initiative is funded for the duration of the project and this is not a staff role at the BBC.

Positions will mostly be based in London; opportunities outside of London are yet to be confirmed

The length of the contract will be dependent on the length of the production which could be anything from three to five months.

How to apply: 

Find full details including application criteria and apply on the BBC Careers website

Watch an introduction to the initiative and find out more about BBC Documentaries Commissioning on the BBC Commissioning website

Deadline: 7 April 2019

Source: BBC Writersroom


iFeatures accepting applications from emerging writers for development scheme

iFeatures is a premier UK filmmaking programme driving the development of low-budget, high-quality debut features from the most outstanding, daring and distinctive storytellers. The programme is run by Creative England and supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery, BBC Films and the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund with contributions from UK film productions.

iFeatures is targeted at emerging writers, directors and writer/directors from across the UK who have yet to make a funded feature film, and at producers who are still at an emerging stage of their career. They look for creative talent whose work has already garnered positive industry and/or public attention in fields from short films, theatre, TV and documentaries, to online storytelling, art film and video, video gaming, commercials/advertising, graphic novels and music promos.

In addition to receiving development funding, up to 12 selected teams take part in an intensive, exploratory 10-month programme which includes residential Lab events, dedicated support and access to industry and networks, as well as mentoring and high-level training with established industry professionals. Following the programme, BFI and BBC Films have committed to ensuring that at least three of the projects progress to production.

How to apply: find full details of iFeatures and how to apply on the iFeatures website

Deadline: 29 March 2019 at 9am 

Source: BBC Writersroom

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Theatre503 accepting submissions for 503five Writers’ Residency

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: Theatre503 accepting submissions for 503five Writers’ Residency

Description: 503five is an 18 month residency that offers writers the opportunity to find their creative home at Theatre503, developing work and experiencing being at the heart of a new writing theatre.

What’s so great about it? This is a fantastic opportunity for an emerging writer to gain hands on experience with a theatre renown for its’ work with new playwrights. The residency will offer writers a seed commission of £2,000 a series of masterclass workshops, peer to peer support, industry connections, R&D processes, dramaturgical support, and opportunities to have work staged. If you want to apply, you’ll need to be quick as the deadline is this Sunday 24th March, but the good news is you don’t need to write anything new – they are asking for a 10 page sample of your work along with an idea for a play that you’d like to develop if chosen for the scheme.

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.

Photo courtesy of Theatre503

Norwich Theatre Royal: Introduction to Scriptwriting 26+ (£120 Fee)

Norwich Theatre Royal are running a playwriting course over ten weekly two hour sessions, in which participants will learn about the craft of scriptwriting through classes and workshopping each other’s writing. Participants will learn how to generate stories, create characters, write dialogue and structure scripts. By the end of the course, participants will have developed knowledge of dramaturgy and have built up a portfolio of work and where appropriate will have had the opportunity to hear their own work, in a shared reading by our own acting students.

The course will be led by Norfolk based playwright James McDermott. James graduated from UEA with an MA (Distinction) in Scriptwriting and trained on The Royal Court Writers Group 2017. James’s plays include Fast Food starring Jude Law (Lyric Hammersmith), Street Life (NTR Stage Two) and Rubber Ring (UK Tour) which has been published by Samuel French. James is currently writing new plays for Hampstead Theatre, HighTide and Norwich Arts Centre. James teaches playwriting at Norwich Theatre Royal, New Wolsey Ipswich and Marina Theatre Lowestoft as well as in schools across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Course Info:

  • Tuesdays 7.00 – 9.00pm
  • 30 April – 7 July (excluding half term on 28 May)
  • Classes take place at Stage Two at Norwich Theatre Royal
  • Cost – £120
  • Suitable for Ages 26+ yrs.
  • No writing experience necessary

How to book: find out more and book on the website

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Jamesliammcd (Norwich Theatre Royal)

Chichester Festival Theatre Young Playwrights: Open For Booking

CFT Young Playwrights is designed to bring together aspiring local young writers who want to develop their craft using practical exercises. This peer-led group coordinated by LEAP trainee Fin Ross Russell, offers a relaxed space to get creative with your writing and start working towards your first award-winning play! Participants will also benefit from masterclass sessions with CFT Writer-in-Residence Anna Ledwich and bestselling author Kate Mosse.

Working with fellow young writers on a similar level you’ll experiment with different topics and styles of writing, sharing work in progress, thoughts and ideas. At the end of the term you’ll also have the opportunity to share your work and hear your script performed in a reading by others in the group.

Summer Term Dates 2019: Tuesday 23 April, Monday 29 April, Tuesday 7 May, Monday 13 May, Monday 20 May, Monday 3 June, Monday 10 June, Monday 17 June, Monday 24 June, Monday 1 July, Monday 8 July

Cost: Free but booking is essential.

How to book: find out more and book on the website

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: Chichester Festival Theatre Website

The Page Is Printed Creative Writing Competition (£5 Entry)

The Page Is Printed are now accepting submissions for their creative writing competition from which writers can win a different number of prizes.

Any genre of writing is accepted from script to poetry, but you’re encouraged to be bold, imaginative and contain your entry to one side of A4. The panel will be looking for something that dares to be different and most importantly, something which comes alive when read aloud.

How to submit: 

To enter download and complete the entry form, then send it with your single-sided A4 entry to:

(Don’t forget to make payment and put the payment reference on your entry form.)  Entry to the competition includes a free ticket to the Page is Printed Celebration Evening on Sat 27 Apr.

Entry Fees:

Adult £5 (1 entry) | £10 (up to 3 entries) | Under 18s FREE (1 entry)

Deadline: 31 March 


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