Posts Tagged ‘courses’

London Comedy Writers Festival

30th March 2011

London Comedy Writers Festival

The London Screenwriters’ Festival team is running a Spring Genre Comedy Festival for TV, Film and Radio Professionals, called the London Comedy Writers Festival.

It will comprise of an entire weekend dedicated to writing comedy for the screen with one day of seminars and one day of networking.

It will feature:

  • 400 professional delegates
  • 50 expert speakers
  • 30 empowering events

Dates: 9 – 10 April
Ticket price: £149
Venue: The London College of Film, Media and Performance at Regents College.

More information about the festival is available from the web site.

P.S. If you’re looking for a discount then courtesy of Irish screenwriter Danny Stack and his Scriptwriting in the UK blog, you can get £25 off the ticket price by using discount code: ScriptwritingUK.

Inside Applicants

29th March 2011

Inside Pictures 2011Inside Pictures, one of the leading film industry business training and leadership skills development programme has launched its 2011 programme and is now looking for applicants.

In this, its eighth year, there are exciting new developments and for the first time Inside Pictures will be open not only to applicants from the UK but also from across the whole of the European Union. In a further new phase, Qwerty is also forming an exciting new partnership with the National Film and Television School, the UK’s national centre of excellence for postgraduate education, in order to deliver the ambitious new programme.

This year FÁS Screen Training Ireland and Bórd Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board are collaborating with Inside Pictures to offer support of 80% of course fees for up to two eligible and experienced Irish applicants. The successful applicants will be executives and producers who display determination to succeed. They will have at least five years’ experience in film or an associated creative industry such as television.

Application forms can be downloaded from, or requested from the Inside Pictures office via 01494 731 402 or e-mail The deadline for applications is 4th April 2011.

For more information, criteria and full application details, go to, or contact Sorcha Loughnane at FÁS Screen Training Ireland – email; ph: 01 6077468.

Write and Pitch a Short Film

3rd December 2010

FilmbaseFilmbase is running a course entitled Write and Pitch your Short Film. It takes place over two weekends: 18th & 19th December and 8th & 9th January, and costs €260 waged / €220 unwaged.

This course, perfect for new and emerging Screenwriters and Writer/Directors who want to develop strong visual scripts and their pitching skills, will help writers and writer/directors develop scripts that are visually and structurally clear. Participants will identify the selling points in their scripts and give practical experience in pitching their work. This is a practical course where each participant will develop a short script project and pitching strategy for that project.

PLEASE NOTE: Each applicant must have a strong idea for the script they wish to develop over the two weekends or ideally have a first draft.

TUTOR: Cecilia McAllister, award-winning screenwriter and director, has written and directed scripts which received Filmbase, Irish Film Board and RTE funding. Her Irish Film Board Short ‘Feileacan’ won Best Irish Short Film at the Cork International Film Festival and showed in competition at over 30 International Film Festivals. She has written for BBC Doctors and sold feature scripts to Danish producers Thura Films and Magnolia Films in Germany.

She teaches the screenwriting for the Film Studies department in Trinity College Dublin and supervises Masters students on the Television and Film Management masters for the University of Ulster. She has attended the EU script development courses, North by Northwest which utilizes the Frank Daniel method, and Pitch and Script where participants pitch to ten European producers.

To book contact Filmbase reception on 01 679 6716 or drop in to Filmbase (Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2) during office hours (9.30am – 5.30pm).

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.

Lir’s Irish Roadshow

3rd November 2010

The LirThe Lir, the new Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin, will be running courses from September 2011.

It will be offering a Bachelor in Acting, and a Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre, with a further undergraduate course, Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre in September 2012 (recruitment will begin in November 2011).

It’s also expected to offer the first of its postgraduate courses, a Master in Fine Art (Playwriting) in November 2010 (to commence in September 2011), followed by further MFA specialisms in Directing, Lighting Design and Stage Design to commence in 2013.

To promote the academy and courses The Lir is bringing a roadshow around the country. It will visit:

  • Druid Lane Theatre, Galway, November 6th, 2pm-6pm
  • Cork Arts Theatre, November 13th, 2pm-6pm
  • Brian Friel Theatre, Queen’s University, Belfast, November 27th, 2pm-6pm
  • Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin, December 4th, 1pm-5pm