Hello from the writersroom north,
Here are some fantastic opportunities you may be interested in:
The BBC Writersroom Future Talent Award for Writers – deadline fast approaching!
Deadline: 15th Dec 2011
Are you the next Debbie Horsfield or Paul Abbott? BBC North Developing Talent in partnership with BBC writersroom is delighted to announce this development opportunity for student/recent graduate drama writers.
We would like to invite students from all departments at each of the BBC North Developing Talent partner organisations to submit their TV drama scripts, to be read and considered by our team of professional readers. We want you to THINK BIG and tell the Northern Story in a TV script that could be stand-alone, or the first part of a bigger series. From Tyneside to Merseyside, from Cartmel to Crewe take us to worlds and workplaces that we haven’t seen before.
One student will be awarded the BBC Writersroom Future Talent Award for Writers and will be given development opportunities and mentoring within the BBC, including taking part in our Headspace Writer in Residence scheme. Other exciting voices to emerge as a result of this opportunity will also be given development opportunities and training as appropriate. The top 3 writers will be given a full professional report on their work and will have the opportunity to meet the team from BBC Drama North to discuss their script.
For more information on how to apply visit:
CBBC Briefing Event – Newcastle
Helen Bullough, Head of CBBC Productions, will be joined by Alan Fairholm, line producer on Tracy Beaker Returns, for a CBBC briefing in Newcastle.
Focusing on the opportunities opened up by the department’s move to Salford and the potential that CBBC sees in the North East, Helen will be unlocking a range of business-critical issues.
This event will combine a brief presentation about Helen’s work at CBBC, a chaired conversation, and an opportunity to raise your own questions.
When: Tuesday 13 Dec. Registration from 2.15pm for a 2.30pm prompt start; ends 4.00pm, followed by informal chat over tea and coffee.
Where: Northern Film & Media, Studio 2, The Kiln, Hoults Yard, Walker Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE6 1AB.
To book a place please follow link:
Here are some other great opportunities on offer in other parts of the region:
First Stage offers playwrights the opportunity to test their work in front of an audience. This has become a highlight of the re:play Festival, giving writers a great chance to experience how a script develops from page to stage.
If you have a script that has never been performed before, then this is the opportunity for you! The winning writers will be invited to workshop an extract of their play with a director and actors and then to receive audience feedback on the script-in-hand performance at First Stage 2012.
Deadline: 16th Dec 2011
For submission guidelines and how to enter follow link:
After a hugely successful launch last year, Pitch Party is back!
This unique competition, supported by The Library Theatre Company and The Lowry Studio, is all about finding exciting new stories that can be told in exciting ways.
They want to hear from storytellers, spoken word artists, devisers, puppeteers and theatre makers of all kinds who have an idea for something they think could work on a stage. You could end up pitching your idea to a panel of industry experts and get the chance to bring your idea to life.
The winner will receive £1000 in development support from the Library Theatre company and space & development opportunities from the Lowry.
Applicants must be available on Friday 20th January to pitch at the event.
Deadline: 16th Dec 2011
For more details visit:
Liverpool Film Competition
Its Britain’s most filmed city, but it’s never been seen through your eyes.
As the next stage of the “it’s liverpool / I’m liverpool” campaign, this is a unique opportunity to create a short 90 second film about Liverpool and win £1,000!
It can be funny, beautiful, sad, poetic, inspiring, musical, challenging or unconventional - as long as it’s yours and it’s liverpool. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never made a film, written a script or held a camera. They want to hear new voices and see images and aspects of Liverpool that are original, personal and surprising.
If you are over 16 and have a connection with Liverpool then you can enter the competition. Entry is free and in addition to the Gold prize of £1,000, there’s a Silver prize of £500 and a Bronze prize of £250 as well as a People’s prize of £250 for the film that gets the most views in YouTube.
The closing date for entries is the 12th December 2011.
For more details visit:
Scriptworks is an independent script development group that hosts regular readings on Monday nights at Contact theatre. Actors read new text - driving chaired feedback sessions with professional writers, directors and dramaturgs. You can come as many times as you like, as a writer, an actor or to watch as an interested party.
Scripts are read aloud in the sessions, and questions are asked in a supportive environment, dedicated to helping the writer take their work to the next level.
Scriptworks sessions are free to attend and are currently open for 18s and over.
For more information please visit: http://www.scriptworks.net/?page_id=2
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Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org, Tuesday 13th December, 2011