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New Writer Focus applications open



Date Posted: May 14, 2019

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

The scheme is only open to 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, therefore 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.

The closing date for receipt of applications is midnight, Sunday 23rd June 2019.

For further information, including application details, please click here.

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