Write your way to New York
Date: 02/07/12 | Author: Peter Davison
BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum
The BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum has played a huge role in launching the careers of many film and TV scriptwriters and is once again open for submissions. Previous winners and finalists have had their work seen by industry heavyweights such as BAFTA winning and nominated directors and producers Mike Newell, David Yates, John Madden, Christine Langan, Elizabeth Karlsen, Matt Greenhalgh, Guy Hibbert and Oscar winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, multi-award winning writer Phil Rosenthal.
Rocliffe and BAFTA are inviting all comedians, sketch performers, comedy writers and producers to enter ten minutes worth of their comedy sit coms or sketches for a chance of getting scripts read by producers, talent agents and studio executives. The grand prize is a trip to New York (courtesy of British Airways) where the winning work will be performed at a special BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum to take place during the New York Television Festival in October.
This opportunity has been created by BAFTA in partnership with Rocliffe, together with British Airways and the New York TV Festival, the first independent television festival. The package for successful writers, who will be selected by a jury of industry professionals from the UK and US, will include:
- A special BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum showcase with professional actors performing their work at a central New York venue as part of the NYTVF;
- Feedback during the event from a top TV industry guest;
- Having yout work shown to a select audience of TV heavyweights including representatives of Comedy Central, FOX, FX, VH1, MTV and IFC amongst others;
- A New York Television Festival Official Artist pass - access to all festival premieres, hospitality events, panels, screenings and special one-on-one meetings with US TV development executives as well as submission opportunities to NYTVF Pitch;
- A networking opportunity and one-to-one mentoring sessions with UK producers and literary agents before arriving in New York;
- British Airways World Traveller return flights and accommodation;
The three finalists will be given Official Artist status at the festival, which allows writers comprehensive access to all festival premieres, hospitality events, panels, screenings and special one-on-one meetings with US TV development executives. This year, the three winners will also be part of NYTVF Connect, the Festival’s comprehensive industry track programme serving artists and top-tier entertainment executives across the creative development spectrum. As an artist of Connect the winners can have their scripts distributed to executives and networks in advance of arriving in New York.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
The originality and strength of the idea;
The strength of voice and potential in the writer;
The suitability of the extract to the theatrical nature of the event;
Adaptability for a US market.
Entries will be judged through the following process:
Stage One: All scripts will be read by an experienced script reader and each writer will receive a script report. A shortlist will be drawn up to 25 entries.
Stage Two: The 25 shortlisted entrants will be reviewed by an industry selection panel and select a short list of up to 12 entrants for interview.
Stage Three: The short listed entrants will be interviewed between 11th and 13th September by a select panel.
Please click here for an entry form.
Terms and conditions can be viewed here.
For hints and tips check out the Rocliffe forum.
Final deadline for entries is July 27th 2012.
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