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Funding

New Writer Focus 2019 – 2020


Northern Ireland Screen is now seeking feature film scripts to develop for its New Writer Focus scheme 2019-2020.

Who can apply?

Only Northern Ireland resident writers new to feature film and long-form drama are eligible to apply. For the avoidance of doubt “writers new to feature film and long-form drama” in this context means a writer without a writing credit on a produced feature film or long-form drama.

This is a script development call; a producer and director are not essential at this stage.

What are we looking for?

  1. Compelling stories with a unique or fresh perspective.
  2. Ambitious authored voices.
  3. Stories with strong character journeys
  4. A range of art-house and commercial stories
  5. Feature film projects only
  6. Projects need not be limited by budget or genre.

What will scheme involve?

New Writer Focus will have 2 major components to the 8 month development scheme:

  • Writers Room
  • Individual project and writer development

How many projects will be selected?

Up to 4 scripts will be chosen for development between August 2019 and April 2020.

The selected writers will be eligible to apply for an individual writer award.

Will the scheme involve production?

No.

However, Northern Ireland Screen intends to fund one first feature each year.

**Projects from the New Writer Focus scheme will be eligible for this production funding. Accordingly, if you wish for your project to be considered for production it must be achievable within the constraints of a budget of circa £250,000.**

Please note: Northern Ireland Screen reserves the right to choose to fund or not fund productions at its sole discretion.

How to Apply:

You can apply with a first draft of the feature script you wish to develop, or with a treatment/story outline for the feature script you wish to develop under the scheme.

***Please read carefully – How to apply varies depending on whether you are submitting a treatment of first draft script***

Applying with a first draft of the script you wish to develop

You must include:

  1. The first draft of the script you wish to develop.
    (Screenplays must be in a standard industry script format in Courier 12 point font.)
  2. A document containing:
  • A logline
  • 1 paragraph synopsis of the story
  • A 1 page story outline in Courier 12 point font

Applying with a story outline / treatment

You must include:

  1. A sample of your feature or long-form drama screenwriting work.
    (Full feature script or long-form TV drama script – Submitted screenplays must be in a standard industry script format in Courier 12 point font.
  2. A document containing:
  • A logline
  • 1 paragraph synopsis of the story
  • A story outline/ treatment detailing the story of the screenplay you wish to write if selected for the New Writer Focus Scheme. The document should be no less than 2 pages and no more than 5 pages in Courier 12 point font

In all applications – The script title page must have the project title, the writers name and full address and contact details including email address and phone number. The title page must be included in the same document as the script. Do not attach title page separately.

You can access our online application system here. Should you require an application form in an alternate format, please contact Ursula Devine, Development Executive at [email protected]. Please note, if this is your first time applying for a role using this system, you will be prompted to create a profile. Once registered, the system will retain your information for any future roles you apply for.

Deadline for receipt: Midnight, Sunday 23rd June 2019.

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