Archive for May 9th, 2007

Write in the Sun

9th May 2007 by Maura McHugh

Monomito, a Portuguese non-profit screenwriting cooperative, and the Flanders Script Academy, are running a one-week international scriptwriting workshop “aimed at training participants on how to write stories that travel successfully across national and cultural borders.”

The workshop will take place in Portugal at the Arrábida Monastery located at Arrábida’s natural reserve, 40 minutes drive from Lisbon, from July 15 – 21. Seminar and workshop hours are from 9am – 12.30pm, and from 2pm – 5.30pm. The course tutor is Dr. Patrick Cattrysse, co-founder of the Flanders Script Academy.

Applicants must download the application form from the web site, and send it along with their CV before June 10. The workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Cost depends on the type of lodging: €950 (private room) or €890 (double room – shared), and includes the seminars, rooms from 15 – 21 July, Internet access, three meals per day and two coffee-breaks, use of the facilities such as meeting rooms, swimming pool and guided tour to the Monastery, and transportation from Lisbon to Arrábida and back.

Radio Days

9th May 2007 by Maura McHugh

The Script Factory has teamed up with BBC Radio Drama to create an information day called Wireless & Boundless, on Thursday 7 June from 2-5pm at The Script Factory in Central London.

During the day, Radio 4 Drama Commissioner, Jeremy Howe, Head of BBC Radio Drama, Alison Hindell, and Producer Sam Hoyle, will illuminate the creative and practical process of writing for radio, followed by a chance to quiz them further over informal drinks. Writers attending the day will then be invited to pitch a written idea for a radio play from which 6 will be short-listed and those writers invited to attend a BBC Radio Drama Masterclass on 1 & 2 August, in the BBC HQ at Bush House in Central London, with the opportunity to make a short drama.

To apply for a place send a writing CV, a short review of a radio play, and an idea for a radio play by post to The Script Factory by 24 May.

Young Writers Needed

9th May 2007 by Maura McHugh

BBC Blast Northern Ireland is running a short script competition for young screenwriters, aged between 13 and 19. The winning script will be filmed and edited during the BBC Blast Festival from June 27-July under the supervision of screenwriter and film director Terry Loane (Mickybo & Me).

The script should be 6-8 minutes long, and filmable on a tiny budget over two days. Entries can be submitted by email or post, and must reach the BBC Blast NI by 3pm on Friday, May 25, 2007.

All-Ireland Drama

9th May 2007 by Maura McHugh

RTÉ reports on the winners of this year’s RTÉ All-Ireland Drama Festival in Athlone. The big winners of the night were the Silken Thomas Players of Kildare, who won the Perpetual Trophy for their production of Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart. They also scooped Best Actor (Conor O’Connell), Best Supporting Actor (Colin Malone), and Best Stage Management (Maria Finnegan).