BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum in Belfast

6th September 2010

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.

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