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About the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum

9 March 2010
Rocliffe New Writing ForumImage: Kriss Szkurlatowski

The BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing forum is both a platform for new writing, and a networking event first launched in spring 2000.

About the Forum

The original format selects three 7-8 minute script extracts - feature film, short film, television drama, sitcom, theatre, radio or sketches.

The pieces are cast by a casting director, and rehearsed by professional actors and directors on the evening. A narrator sets the piece in context and the extracts are then performed to an industry audience of producers, development executives, directors, actors and literary agents.

Following each performance, the writers receive feedback from the industry co-chair and answer questions from the audience. The evening is rounded off with a Q&A with the event host and a relaxed networking session.

The benefits to a writer, new or seasoned, are multiple: hearing their work read by professional actors; a development focused discussion generated by the readings; exposure to and advice from experienced industry members; feedback from an audience and an invaluable method to test out new concepts and material.

Given the often isolating nature of the industry, the New Writing Forum creates the ideal environment for networking.

Previous industry guests and Patrons now include Mike Newell, John Madden, Richard Eyre, David Parfitt, Alan Plater, Cameron McCracken, David Yates, Finola Dwyer, Michael Kuhn, Nik Powell, Duncan Kenworthy, Rebecca O'Brien, Simon Relph, Dave Spikey & Shirley Rubinstein. Media Patrons are Variety.

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