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30 June 14
BAFTA, in partnership with Rocliffe and supported by The London Book Fair , has today announced a call for scripts from emerging writers for the first ever BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing forum focused on Children’s Film and Television.
Now in its fourteenth year, the forum is turning its eye to writing which connects with a children’s audience, offering entrants the chance to present their work to influential members of the film and television industries. Whether it’s animation, comedy or something else entirely, the BAFTA Rocliffe team is looking for emerging writers whose work demonstrates a talent for exciting and outstanding children’s content.
Entrants are invited to submit a ten page script extract to be considered by a talented and experienced jury from the world of children’s film and television. Between them, the jurors will select three outstanding writers to have their work performed by professional actors and discussed by a high profile guest in front of a live industry audience at BAFTA’s 195 Piccadilly. In addition, one writer from the three projects, selected by The London Book Fair , will receive an expenses-paid trip and full delegate pass to the MIP Junior international children’s programming market in Cannes in October, where they will receive extensive industry introductions and networking opportunities, organised by The London Book Fair .
The jury tasked with selecting the writers will be chaired by Farah Abushwesha of Rocliffe, and includes Rosie Alison (Head of Development, Heyday Films), Zoe Bamsey (Director of Development and Production, Coolabi), Helen Blakeman (Writer and member of BAFTA Children’s Committee), Ben Bocquelet (Series Creator, The Amazing World of Gumball), Sheena Bucktowonsing (Development Producer, Kindle Entertainment), Michael Carrington (Vice President of Global Content and Executive Producer, HIT Entertainment), Tony Cooke (Writer), Sarah Courtauld (Writer and past winner of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum), Rebecca Hodgson (Head of Drama, Lime Pictures), Jamila Metran (Head of Programming, CiTV), Sarah Muller (Head of Drama Development and Acquisitions, CBBC), Connal Orton (Executive Producer, CBBC), Georgina Ruffhead (David Higham Associates), Adam Shaw (Joint MD, Blue Zoo Animation), Jessica Symons (Commissioning Editor, Children’s, Five – Milkshake!) and Jonathan Wolfman (Producer/Script Associate, CBBC).
Sarah Courtauld, a past winner of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum in 2012 and juror for the inaugural Children’s strand, said “the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum is a brilliant way to open doors. For me it led directly to getting an agent, and working on Children’s TV scripts – as well as meeting producers and collaborators who I would never have met otherwise… I can’t recommend it enough.”
The deadline for early-bird entry is Monday 21 July, with the final entry deadline on Monday 1 September. The showcase will take place on Saturday 27 September 2014 at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly.
Click here to read the press release.
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30 June 14
It was a stellar year in 2013 for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum, and so far 2014 has followed suit. 2013 saw over 1000 scripts submitted across TV, Film and Sitcom, resulting in 700 script feedback reports, 30 meetings for entrants with literary agents and nine writers signed. Industry panelists giving feedback at 2013 events included Greg Daniels, John Bishop, Sue Perkins, Ben Stephenson, Andy Harries and Michael Kuhn.
Aisling Corristine's success with Reuben the Hood lead to meetings with a variety of industry producers, including Kudos, and a stream of interest from literary agents. Her script has since been optioned by Ivan McMahon of Two Hungry Fish Productions and is currently in development.
Off the back of her TV script, Inconceivable, Romilly Masters had several meetings with Kudos and Company Pictures and was signed by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.
Following their comedy script, The Sickness, writing partners Andrew Hubert and Ryan Cull have been working on a project with Objective Productions and are in the process of pitching for commissions. Ryan Cull has been signed to Independent Talent and has written shorts and sketches for BAFTA-nominated DNN and Diddy Movies starring Dick and Dom.
Vivienne Allen (Only the Stars are Dancing), Paul Water (Black Dog) and Louis Paxton (The Spare Room) have received requests for full episodes of their scripts from producers including Company Pictures, Left Bank and Channel 4.
28 March 14
BAFTA New York/ Seton DaveyThe BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum has announced a call for scripts from emerging comedy screenwriters for two BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase events. The successful writers will showcase their work for some of the biggest names in the UK and US television industry at two major international television festivals.
In August the BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase returns to the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival (GEITF) for a second year. In October it will return to the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) for a fourth consecutive year.
This year's BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase entries will be judged by a jury of esteemed industry professionals. Click here to find out more .
The BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase is now closed for applications.
Applicants must submit a ten page extract from their sit-com or sketch show for consideration for the schemes. Each script will be considered for both events albeit different writers may be selected for each event.
If you are interested in entering, click here to read the terms and conditions.
30 April 14
On April 29 2014, writer Paula Milne joined the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum in Piccadilly, London. The event concentrated on the art of writing for TV Drama. Milne's credits include include the BAFTA-winning The Politician's Wife, Small Island and The Virgin Queen.
The Forum's three scripts included:
Black Dog by Paul Waters
Only The Stars Are Dancing by Vivienne Allen
The Spare Room by Louis Paxton
Download the event programme > (1.2 MB)
9 December 13
On December 9 2013, the three winning pieces were critiqued by producer Michael Kuhn (Qwerty Films) and Andy Harries (Left Bank Pictures). Sponsored by Time Warner.
The Forum's three scripts included:
Submerged by Dan Hill
To Hell And Back by Paul Marx
Limehouse by Stuart Black
Download the event programme > (1.3 MB)
BAFTA NY/ Seton Davey 23 October 13
Greg Daniels, showrunner of The Office and co-creator of King of the Hill and Parks And Recreation reviewed the work of our Rocliffe Comdey Writers at this year's New York Television Festival. He lead a masterclass during which he offered live feedback on the writing in the scenes performed by professional actors as part of our NYTV BAFTA Rocliffe New Writers Forum.
BAFTA and Rocliffe set out in search of the UK’s most promising comedy writers as part of a nation wide competition and five winning scripts have been selected.
Meet the talented comedy writers selected by BAFTA to showcase their scripts at the New York Television Festival and Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival in 2013. Read the winners' profiles >
15 May 2013
On Monday 13 May, the latest BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum took place at 195 Piccadilly. Joining on the night was Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning who offered his tips and experience on the works of our three selected rising screenwriters - Aisling Corristine, Romily Masters and Natalie Malla. After an incredibly insightful evening, Malla has shared some of her thoughts from the night and how her work has already started to turn heads.
My Director David and the company of Actors were making my words come alive in rehearsal and I was really pleased with how it was all looking and sounding, but ten minutes to go before the event was due to begin, and I was still so ridiculously nervous, that it was taking all my energy to stop myself from running and hiding.
Luckily the audience really responded to the characters and there was laughter in all the right places. I was kind of terrified of getting critiqued infront of a live audience, but the feedback from Ben Stephenson was so useful. He told me to put more of myself in to my work and really make sure that my voice was clear, so that commissioners could understand why I am the only person who can tell the stories I want to tell.
It was such an amazing experience taking part in the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum, and it has meant that I have now started to make contact with Kudos, Island Pictures, Eleventh Hour and a couple of Literary Agents who have shown some interest in my work. Here’s hoping this is just the beginning.
Download the event programme > (1.2 MB)
22 April 2013
BAFTA/ Steve Butler Jessica Hynes and Jennifer Saunders amongst comedy creatives who will choose new writers to showcase their work at the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival and the New York Television Festival.
Thursday 7 February 2013
2012 was filled with loads of BAFTA Rocliffe success stories and we have high hopes for 2013.
Part of our hope this year is to support writers not just leading up to the event but also provide post-event advice. Writers, whose work is featured at our UK events, will be offered a full script report from a top script reader after the event. This will be timed so as to give the writers time to revise their work taking into account feedback received at the event.
Rob Brown’s work Sixteen was featured at the Edinburgh Film Festival 2011 and has since gone into production.
Writing partners Anne-Marie Draycott & Charity Trimm had their winning script Pregnant Pause (now renamed Unexpected) optioned by the team behind The Inbetweeners, Bwark Productions. With Bwark they have also been commissioned by BBC Comedy to write a sitcom pilot script Friends Reunited. In August 2012 they were one of the winners of the London Screenwriters Festival '50 Kisses' initiative and their winning short film script Dream Date has been filmed by two production companies. They are also working with another production company on another new script - but they can't say any more about that at the moment as its very early days!
After returning from New York, writing partners Thomas Phipps and Pete Bowden went onto secure an agent, have their script optioned by a production company and secured additional freelance writing work.
In 2012, writing partners Matthew Barry and Kayleigh Llewellyn have had their winning script Grey optioned by Company Pictures and are in development with BBC One. Kayleigh has also begun writing her own regular column for Funny Women.
Sarah Courtauld is in talks with a couple of indies to option her winning script, The Slush Pile and, through exposure to the selection Jury and their production companies with her script, Sarah has also been hired as a writer on a new sketch show, The Kerry Howard Show, slated for BBC Three in 2013. Whilst at the New York TV Festival, Sarah won a Hasbro Studios development deal with a Children’s TV idea Buckle and Swash.
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