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1 June 2011

BAFTA held a BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum at the New York Television Festival in October 2011.

BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum at the New York Television Festival

Submission Deadline: July 6, 2011

We’re heading across the pond for a very special incarnation of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum. Teaming up with our colleagues at BAFTA in New York, Rocliffe, the New York Television Festival, and BAFTA’s official airline British Airways, we will take three new British writers to the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) from 20 to 25 September 2011 and showcase their work in front of the cream of the US TV industry on 22 September. Whilst there, we’ll organise special one-to-one meetings with top development executives, giving the writers an amazing opportunity to pitch their projects and forge US contacts.

This new writing forum is specifically for comedy pieces for the small screen. Features and serious TV dramas are not eligible. All the usual terms and conditions apply, plus a few more so please read them carefully.

Bafta Rocliffe New Writing Forum New York Terms And Conditions (128.6 KB)

The prize:

  • World Traveller return flights on British Airways between 20 and 25 September 2011
  • Shared self catering accommodation in New York between 20 and 25 September 2011
  • Transfers to and from the airport in New York
  • Full industry pass to the New York Television Festival 2011
  • ‘Official Artist’ status at the New York Television Festival 2011 to include:

NYTVF Executive Access: coordinated, one-on-one meetings with development execs
NYTVF Development Chats: exclusive small sessions for artists to meet with Festival Partners in small group sessions
Access to NYTVF Pitch events
NYTVF Artist orientation and welcome cocktails
Comprehensive access to all Festival premieres, hospitality events, panels and screenings

  • Your script extract performed by professional actors and commented on by an industry expert at a BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum at the NYTVF on the 22 September 2011
  • A meeting with select members of the BAFTA in New York board

Bafta Rocliffe New Writing Forum - The Prize (102.8 KB)

Entry Details:

The entry fee is £30 per ten minute extract if received by the early bird deadline of 30 June 2011 and £40 per ten minute extract if received by the final deadline of 6 July 2011. All writers will receive a one page report on their submission from a professional script reader.

Paypal payment can be made by visiting the Rocliffe website here: http

Please send a hard copy of your entry to: Alex Cook, BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN.

BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum at the New York Television Festival (83.5 KB)

Supported by the David Lean BAFTA Foundation

Event Partners:

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Find out more about the event partners

The New York Television Festival

Established in 2005, the NYTVF is a pioneer of the independent television movement, constructing new and innovative paths of development and talent identification, while simultaneously complementing the traditional television development model. Its annual New York Television Festival - held each fall in New York City – is recognized as the industry's first independent television festival which provides a platform to elevate the work of artists creating for the small screen. Through the Festival and other year-round activities, NYTVF's mission is to connect its community of over 8,500 independent creative artists with leading networks, studios and brands by cultivating relationships that lead to new opportunities.

Thus far in 2011, NYTVF has announced a new partnership with FX, as well as the continuation of partnerships with IFC and MTV, with each of the three networks committing to award development deals to winners of NYTVF's annual Independent Pilot Competition. Additionally, NYTVF and FOX have partnered for the fourth consecutive year to create a Comedy Script Contest, providing aspiring writers the opportunity to win $25,000 and a development deal with FOX. For more information on NYTVF, the annual Festival and these competitions, visit


Rocliffe is an organisation that created a series of events, notably the New Writing Forums, now held at BAFTA and renamed the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum. With its inception in 2000 by founding member Farah Abushwesha, it is now run by Pippa Mitchell and Farah and a team of dedicated volunteers including award winning director Susan Jacobson and casting director Laura Dickens CDG. The format of the New Writing Forum is truly original – following a public script call-out in the months before the event, three diverse pieces are selected from the hundreds received and performed live by professional actors in front of a live audience. The pieces are framed by especially composed music by new composers from Air Edel and digital backdrops. The event promises undiscovered talent – a must attend for agents and talent scouts alike; development focused discussions 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 forums create the ideal environment for networking as well as unknown writers the chance to get their work seen and heard. Past featured writers include James Dormer, Jack Thorne, Josh Appignanesi and Claire Wilson.

British Airways

British Airways is proud to be the official airline partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In the run up to the London 2012 Games, British Airways is offering career defining opportunities to three talented Brits in the fields of food, film and art as part of British Airways’ Great Britons programme. The Great Britons programme was launched in 2009 as a travel bursary, to support the airline’s commitment to the London 2012 Games. It has since rewarded a number of individuals and groups and continues to support talent with free flights. Heston Blumenthal, Richard E. Grant and Tracey Emin will offer up to five mentoring sessions to each of the winners in the run up to the London 2012 Games and will include advice and guidance to support the winners with their projects. Winners will also receive an annual financial support salary to aid them during the course of the programme. For entry details, visit

To apply you must be a UK passport holder aged 16 years or over. Applicants do not need to be of a professional standard and can apply more than once. A full list of terms and conditions can be found at

Entry is open from May 5, 2011 until July 27, 2011, followed by judging. Winners will be announced on August 19, 2011. Applicants are encouraged to support their entries with blogs, images and videos.

British Airways is committed to helping British talent take off and as a key partner to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, are supporting Rocliffe by providing the flights for the three fledgling script writers to travel to New York to follow their dreams.