Posts Tagged ‘UK’

Bruntwood Prize 2011

18th March 2011

Bruntwood Prize 2011The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is searching for great new plays and great writers. It is Britain’s biggest playwriting competition and has so far awarded £80,000 in prize money.

The Bruntwood is open to anyone aged 16 or over living in the UK or Ireland. Scripts are submitted anonymously to ensure fair judging.

Entries are accepted between 31 January 2011 and 6 June 2011, and submissions are via the web site.

More information on the competition is available on the web site.

BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum

9th March 2011

BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum

BAFTA Rocliffe is currently accepting scripts for the next two BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forums being held in London on May 9th and the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 16th respectively.

The closing date for submissions is 25 March 2011.

The BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing forum aims to be 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 looks also to create an ideal environment for networking.

Previous industry guests and patrons include ‘Harry Potter’ director, Mike Newell; ‘Shakespeare in Love’ helmer, John Madden; ‘Iris’ director Richard Eyre; ‘Henry V’ producer David Parfitt; ‘Centurion’ actor David Morrissey, ‘Last of the Blonde Bombshells’ writer, Alan Plater, ‘The Queen’ producer, Cameron McCracken, ‘Harry Potter’ director, David Yates, ‘Behind the Lines’ director, Gillies Mackinnon and ‘An Education’ producer, Finola Dwyer.

Submission guidelines and terms and conditions are available at its web site.

Papatango New Writing Award

16th February 2011


Papatango have teamed up with London’s Finborough Theatre to create a competition that offers four playwrights the opportunity to have their plays professionaly produced in 2011. One winner will receive a four week run at the Finborough Theatre and three runners-up will receive one week each.

The winning play will be picked by a panel of judges that will include, amongst others: Howard Davies (Director), Catherine Johnson (Writer), Neil McPherson (Artistic Director of the Finborough Theatre) Van Badham (Literary Manager of the Finborough Theatre), and Tanya Tillett (Rod Hall Agency).

The play must be an original, unproduced work, no longer than 90 minutes in length.

Please send submissions via email to:

Deadline: 1st March 2011

Details on how to enter are on the web site.

BAFTA Winners 2011

14th February 2011

The winners of the 2011 BAFTA Film Awards were announced last night in London. Here are the writing awards short-lists and the winners:

Original Screenplay

THE KING’S SPEECH – David Seidler
Watch the winner’s interview

BLACK SWAN – Mark Heyman, Andrés Heinz, John McLaughlin
THE FIGHTER – Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
INCEPTION – Christopher Nolan
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT – Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg

Adapted Screenplay

Watch the winner’s interview

127 HOURS – Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel
TOY STORY 3 – Michael Arndt
TRUE GRIT – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Greenlight Award 2011

31st January 2011

Greenlight Award

The London Screenwriters’ Festival 2011 (Oct 28-30) has announced details about its annual script competition: the Greenlight Award.

The winner will receive the following:

  • £500 for the purchase of the script by ScriptPlus Limited
  • Production of the script into film by ScriptPlus Limited using a professional cast and crew
  • Script development with industry professionals prior to filming
  • A première as part of the closing ceremony at the London Screenwriters’ Festival 2012
  • Lunch with a top writers’ agent in London. (or phone call if you can’t make it to London)
  • A free pass to London Screenwriters’ Festival 2012

The competition is open to anyone: applicants do not need to attend the Festival to enter.

Your script should be:

  • Ten pages or under
  • Using up to a maximum of five characters
  • Featuring only one major location
  • All genres are considered

Deadlines and costs

Earlybird: May 1, 2011; Fee £15
Regular: Aug 1, 2011; Fee £20
Late: Sept 1, 2011; Fee £25
Withoutabox only (online): Oct 1, 2011; Fee £25

Entries can be processed online or sent via mail.

The Green Light Awards will take place at the London Screenwriters Festival. Shortlisted screenwriters will be invited to the award ceremony on the evening of Saturday 29th of October 2011 in London.

Terms and conditions are available on the web site.