BFI NETWORK: Queer Storytelling Workshop

We’re running a storytelling workshop for up to 12 writers who identify as LGBTQIA+, led by award-winning filmmaker and writer Jason Barker. We’re looking for writers who are keen to find new ways of exploring queer themes in their writing and have an interest in film and an ambition to write for the screen (although we don’t expect you to have extensive screenwriting experience).

The two online sessions – Thu 7 Dec and Thu 11 Jan (with a special guest) – will offer a practical and positive space to generate ideas, build confidence and inspire!

Applications are open now and close on Thu 30 Nov at 5pm.

Apply here.

Please email if you need access support with your application or if you have questions.

Jason Barker

Selected for the BBC Writers Voices 2023 (one of 72 from over 5000 scripts submitted!) and the Bafta X BFI Flare mentoring scheme 2022.

Jason is an award winning filmmaker, writer, occasional actor and sometimes stand-up comedian based in the West Country. He is currently developing a feature film called Mister Uterus with BFI Film Fund, Delaval Films and Tigerlily Productions.

Faryal Velmi

As a writer, Faryal’s inspiration comes from the rich multicultural tapestry of British life and campaigns for social justice. She aspires for her work to speak with a powerful and original voice, which can discover humour in even the darkest of places.

Faryal was part of the writers’ room that produced season two and the forthcoming season three of Ackley Bridge (The Forge/Channel 4). She was also recently commissioned by the BBC to write a 90-minute original drama, Take Me Home, which is centred on the housing crisis in London. She is developing a returning television series with Kudos, and a feature film project set in Brixton, with Fable Pictures.

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