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360º Script Writing Festival 2011

12th January 2011

BBC Writersroom

The BBC Writersroom has announced details of the annual 360º Script Writing Festival, which is a series of inspiring and professional workshops offering craft skills and industry knowledge across the different mediums: TV, Screen, Radio and Theatre.

The festival is one of the best opportunities through the year to meet like-minded and industry people in Belfast.

Workshops and talks for people interested in making a living from script writing in TV, Radio, Film or Theatre.

Wednesday 26th until Friday 28th of January 2011
Workshops will take place during the day with a social event on Friday evening between 6-8pm

Studio One, Broadcasting House, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast.

The workshops are free. There is a limited number of places so please book early by contacting Bronagh Taylor on or call on 02890 338 845. Please state clearly which workshops you are interested in.

The festival is organised by BBC Drama Northern Ireland and Tinderbox Theatre Company.

More details are available from the web site.

Primetime for NI Screenwriters

17th November 2010

PrimetimeNorthern Ireland Screen is running a new scheme for Northern Irish screenwriters called Primetime. It will give local screenwriters the opportunity to have a one hour authored drama produced and broadcast in the 9pm primetime slot on BBC One NI.

How does it work?

Screenwriters submit a completed first draft script for a TV drama (approx 60 pages).

Four writers will be selected for a five month development scheme with Northern Ireland Screen and BBC NI.

Two successful scripts will then be selected for production, with a budget of £150K per project. These scripts will be produced by a Northern Ireland based production company and will be broadcast on BBC NI in 2012.

Before you apply

To help you get your script ready for submission, three workshops on writing for Primetime (and TV drama generally) will take place on the following dates:

Tuesday 23rd November 2010
Time: 6pm- 9pm

Place: BBC Blackstaff House, 62-66 Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7BB
Speaker: Tim Loane, BAFTA and Oscar nominee (Teachers, Dance Lexie Dance, Minder) will speak from his experience of writing for TV, with a focus on moving from idea to treatment, to script and the importance of premise.

This first evening will also include a panel session and opportunity for Q&A about Primetime with Northern Ireland Screen and BBC NI.

Thursday 9th December 2010

Time: 6pm- 10pm

Place: BBC Broadcasting House, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, BT2 8HQ

Speaker: Rob Ritchie (Script Factory) will discuss writing the 1st and 2nd Act: the importance of the set up and that difficult middle act.

Thursday 13th January 2011

Time: 6pm- 10pm

Place: BBC Broadcasting House, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, BT2 8HQ

Speaker: Rob Ritchie (Script Factory) will discuss writing the 3rd Act: the

importance of the climax and a resolution with meaning.

To register for each event contact:  Bronagh Taylor,

Places are limited – register early to avoid disappointment.

What are we looking for?

  • A completed first draft script for an hour long drama (approx 60 pages); synopsis and a covering letter letting us know about any writing experience you have had to date.
  • 4 new writers (who have not had an authored piece broadcast on TV in the English language)

and most importantly:

  • Storytellers with original and imaginative scripts, depicting modern Northern Ireland
  • Character-centred stories with a strong local voice.

What are we NOT looking for?

  • Period pieces
  • High action/special effects
  • Previously produced work.

Who can apply?

The scheme is only open to Northern Ireland resident writers who have not had an original piece broadcast on TV in the English language.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 14th February 2011.

More guidelines and application forms can be downloaded from the web site.

Short Steps in NI

16th September 2010

Northern Ireland ScreenNorthern Ireland Screen has announced the launch of Short Steps, a development scheme for short films.

The Scheme has twenty places available to Northern Ireland resident filmmakers.

The Scheme will provide filmmakers with the resources and knowledge to make either a no-low budget short film or a financed short film. The Scheme will encourage a collective approach to short filmmaking, collaboration and networking amongst the peer group.

Call for entries

The call for entries closes on Friday 8 October 2010.

Promotional event

Northern Ireland Screen will be hosting a promotional event at the Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast on Friday 17 September from 12pm to 3pm. Participants will be able to discuss any queries and bring their project for feedback prior to application.

Production options

The projects will be assessed with a view to the optimum route to production at the end of the development process.

Who can apply?

The Scheme will be open to entry level filmmakers (writers and directors) as well as filmmakers who wish to move into short film from a different medium (e.g. photography, fine art). We will encourage applications from local university and college graduates as well as entry level filmmakers already working on indigenously made films at trainee level.

Information on the application process is available on the web site.

NI Cuts Expected

14th September 2010

The Stage reports that severe cuts to the arts in Northern Ireland are expected to be outlined soon after the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) announced a 20% reduction in its spending plans for the coming four years.

Speaking to The Stage, ACNI’s arts development director Noreen McKinney said the outlook was “bleak” with “somewhere between 15 and 20” of its 96 annually funded clients under severe threat, and warned “we may have to find more savings, possibly up to 25% as new facilities come on stream”.

McKinney’s comments come in response to evidence presented to the Northern Ireland Assembly by Deborah Brown, finance director of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, who said that “widespread and unpalatable” funding decisions are inevitable and will have “a very significant impact” on the region’s arts industry.

A 20% reduction will see DCAL’s current allocation of £109 million slashed to £87 million by 2014/15.

“This takes us back to funding levels of 2001 and will have a very negative impact on what we can do. We’ve never experienced a Golden Era in arts funding in Northern Ireland; there has been chronic under-funding at the very lowest level, equating to less than the price of two tickets to the cinema per person.”

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.