BFI NETWORK South West are currently seeking applications for our upcoming remotely taught Script Development Lab.
Taking place over 3 consecutive months, you will receive scriptwriting workshops, 1:1 script consultations, and benefit from generative peer-to-peer support to take a narrative short idea from a treatment/outline to a completed script. Taught by BFI NETWORK Talent Executive Alix Taylor and professional script editor Jess Jones.
This is the perfect opportunity to focus your writing skills safely from your own home as part of a connected group, with assignments supplied in-between these sessions to keep you motivated and give you clear direction.
Our Script Development Lab is open to South West based writers or writer/directors, who have an early idea for a short narrative fiction film (live-action or animation) that is under 15 minutes in length, which they would like to develop towards a short film script that could potentially be used in an application for the BFI NETWORK Short Film Fund (read the guidelines here).
We are looking for ideas that are progressive and pioneering, which aim to address social, political or other culturally relevant themes through cinematic risk-taking. For examples of past work that BFI NETWORK has funded take a look at the Funded by NETWORK back-catalogue here.
Due to the ongoing pandemic this lab is being hosted entirely online via Zoom. The sessions will happen online, so to take part you only need a reliable internet connection and access to a device that supports video conferencing.
BFI NETWORK South West are more than happy to provide additional access support to filmmakers wishing to attend our Script Development Lab. If you have any specific needs, for example if you require a BSL interpreter, please notify us in the relevant part of the application form and we will arrange this for you.
We welcome all applicants that fit the criteria below, including those with little or no experience, but are ambitious about writing for screen.
We strongly encourage applications from those who are writers in other creative disciplines such as theatre, television, gaming, or radio that are looking to make the move to on screen work.
Applications are open to writers or writer/directors who are:
To apply for the Script Development Lab, please fill in this form: Application Form – Google Forms
Deadline for applications: Friday 30th April at 6pm
Selected applications will be notified on or by 17th May. Due to the expected number of applications, we unfortunately won’t have the capacity to offer feedback to unsuccessful applicants.
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All sessions will be taught online via Zoom
Thursday 1st April Applications Open
Friday 30th April Applications Close
Monday 17th May Participants Notified
Thursday 27th May (10am – 1pm w/ 30min break) Scriptwriting Workshop with Jess Jones
Jess Jones is a Script Editor working in film across shorts and features. She is currently working on features for BBC Films, BFI Film Fund, SFTN and Ffilm Cymru, and consults on short film scripts and early development projects for the SW, SE, and Midlands BFI NETWORK Hubs.
Previously she has worked in development for the BFI Film Fund, BBC Drama, Channel 4 Drama, and Bonafide Films, and has also script edited on BAFTA and BIFA nominated shorts, and for schemes such as Uncertain Kingdom and BBC/BFI’s Born Digital. You can find her on Twitter or Instagram @JessJonesStory.
Alix is the BFI NETWORK Talent Executive for the Film Hub South West at Watershed. Responsible for the partnerships and outreach activity for BFI NETWORK in the South West, connecting, supporting and developing talented writers, directors, producers and other creatives at the start of their filmmaking careers.
Alix joined BFI NETWORK from Calling the Shots where she was Project Manager on New Creatives (South West), the BBC Arts and Arts Council talent development scheme. While working on New Creatives, Alix oversaw the selection, production and delivery of audio, film and interactive projects from artists aged 16-30 for BBC platforms.
Previously she programmed the digital education courses and specialised film screenings of short film, artists moving image and alternative features for the multi-arts venue, Exeter Phoenix, as well as developing new talent through their short film commissioning schemes.
In May, BFI NETWORK South West held a Script Development Workshop in Bristol, led by Selina Ukwuoma.
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