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CHANNEL 4 - NEW
WRITERS PROGRAMME 2004
C4 continues its commitment to encourage innovation and experimentation
in story-telling and to look for new ideas and fresh perspectives on television
drama. Last year produced a wide variety of material ranging from romantic
comedy to urban gothic, hammer horror to lyric poem. One of the writers
from this season went on to write and direct a BAFTA nominated short film
and another has been shortlisted for the TAPS short film award.
The brief is to push the boundaries of structure, form and subject matter,
and to tell stories in a way that wouldn't or couldn't be done in mainstream
drama. They will be largely, but not exclusively, young and urban. All
must be contemporary. Each will be shot in four days on a very limited
budget, so a maximum of four locations and 4-6 speaking parts is a good
parameter to work towards.
Open to anyone without a primetime TV drama credit (i.e. anything
transmitted on a major terrestrial channel between the hours of 7-11pm).
This is an opportunity for new writers to experience having their work
professionally produced for television.
The writers who are successful will be guided through the process of taking
an idea from treatment to script stage and from there to working with
the director through to the production of the film itself. The hope is
to introduce major new talent to mainstream drama. Submissions from multicultural
filmmakers and writers will be particularly welcome.
The slot is 24 minutes and the Commissioning Editor is Jess Search, Independent
Film and Video.
Successful applicants will receive a fee of £1500 for their commissioned
script. Due to the number of anticipated responses, only those who are
accepted will be contacted.
Please submit a writing sample and short treatment for
the film (1-2 pages max)
to C4 New Writers, Ideal World Productions, 3rd Floor, 77 East Road, London,
N1 6AH. - The deadline for submissions is Monday 17 May.
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