Archive for September 6th, 2010

BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum in Belfast

6th September 2010 by Maura McHugh

BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum

Northern Ireland Screen has teamed up with BAFTA Rocliffe to bring the New Writing Forum to Belfast on 12th November.

The BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing forum is both a platform for new writing, and a networking event. Created in 2000, the original format selects three ten minute script extracts – feature film, short film, television drama, sitcom or sketch.

The pieces are cast by a casting director and rehearsed by professional actors and directors on the evening.

A narrator sets the piece in context and the extracts are then performed to an industry audience of producers, development executives, directors, actors and literary agents.

Following each performance, the writers receive feedback from the industry co-chair and answer questions from the audience. The evening is rounded off with a Q&A with the event host and a relaxed networking session.

The benefits to a writer, new or seasoned, are multiple: hearing their work read by professional actors; a development focused discussion generated by the readings; exposure to and advice from experienced industry members; feedback from an audience and an invaluable method to test out new concepts and material.

Given the often isolating nature of the industry, the New Writing Forum creates an ideal environment for networking.

Please note only Northern Ireland based writers can submit scripts for consideration for the Belfast event.

This is an excellent opportunity for local writers, Northern Ireland Screen strongly encourage you to participate.

Entries will be accepted from 6 September 2010. The closing date for submissions is 11 October 2010 at 5pm.

Due to the increasing popularity of this event, it has become necessary to charge a small script submission fee (£5.00) in order to handle the volume of scripts submitted. BAFTA and Rocliffe are non profit organisations and funds raised will be used towards securing the future of this event format.

Further information on how to apply is available on the web site.

Student Playscript Competition

6th September 2010 by Maura McHugh

The annual International Student Playscript Competition (ISPC), now in its 35th year, is a small, but important, part of the 54-year-old (British) National Student Drama Festival (NSDF). The ISPC has been particularly blessed with the support of Sir Alan Ayckbourn, England’s most prolific playwright, who judged the final round from the start in 1976 and is now the ISPC Patron. The competition is presented by the World Student Drama Trust under the aegis of the NSDF.

The free-to-enter ISPC is unique in several respects, being genuinely worldwide, having no restrictions on form, content, length, number of characters or locations and – above all – giving every entry a helpful, encouraging but honest appraisal. There is no limit to how many scripts any student can enter. The annual closing date for entries is 30 November. The winner receives a cash prize – currently £1,000 – and a highly rated, rehearsed reading at the next NSDF (9-15 April 2011).

You must have been a full or part-time student in 2010 to enter this competition.

There are no restrictions on the writer’s age, nationality, or the content, length, type of play, number of scenes, or characters, and the competition is open to students worldwide.

Deadline: 30 November 2010.