Friday, March 04, 2011

BAFTA Rocliffe new writing forum is coming to Edinburgh

The BAFTA Rocliffe new writing forum is coming to Edinburgh in June, as part of this year's film festival. It’s an opportunity for emerging writers to get their scripts performed by actors in an environment of constructive analysis, and receive feedback from peers and professionals. It’s a unique networking and pitching opportunity as well.

The Edinburgh event is happening on June 16th - but the deadline for submissions is March 25th. Entries should be sent to Alex Cook, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN. [Get your application form here.] You submit ten pages of a longer script - film or TV, no radio or theatre allowed. Better if it's character-based rather than massive visuals.

At submission stage the script extracts are read by a panel of established industry producers, script developers, directors, literary agents, actors, all looking for new talent. If your script is selected, it will be performed by professional actors to an audience of industry professionals at the festival - a fantastic way to get noticed!

I've no doubt the Rocliffe events in London get swamped with applications, so you've got better odds of being selected for the Edinburgh event. I'd be applying for the Edinburgh event myself, except I'm going to be in New Zealand at the time. There's loads more information about Rocliffe here, so get your entries in now. Good luck!

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