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How does it help writers?

How have we, through the new writing forums, in partnership with BAFTA, helped writers in 2013?

  1. 1000 script submissions across TV, Film & SitCom
  2. 1000 event attendees
  3. 700 script feedback reports
  4. 90 Industry meetings facilitated by BAFTA & Rocliffe
  5. 30 meetings with literary agents & 9 writers signed
  6. 7 Industry Guests across film, TV and sitcom including Ben Stephenson (BBC), Greg Daniels (NY), Sue Perkins, John Bishop and Shane Allen (Edinburgh), Michael Kuhn and Andy Harries (London)


  • 69 incredible actors including Charlie Clements, comedy performer Aisling Bea and Orange is the New Black's Yael Stone
  • 20 Comedy Jurors
  • 19 Film Panellists
  • 17K hits on new Rocliffe blog
  • 16 TV Panellists
  • 14 writers featured in showcases
  • 11 scripts performed
  • 6 initiative-instigated development deals and 5 industry related job offers
  • 5 New Patrons
  • 4 events in London, Edinburgh and New York
  • 3 wonderful casting directors Laura Dickens CDG (TV Drama & Film London), Catherine Willis (Comedy Edinburgh) and Kate Murray (Comedy NY)
  • 2 London Events
  • 1 Edinburgh Event
  • 1 New York Event
  • 1 BAFTA Rocliffe feature film SIXTEEN in competition at BFI London Film Festival
  • 1 workshop on Feedback and Notes in partnership with BBC Writersroom
  • 1 workshop on pitching with Julian Friedmann
  • 1 workshop on networking with Farah Abushwesha
  • 1 book deal for Blog called Rocliffe Notes - to be published in 2014
  • Creation of the BAFTA Rocliffe Alumni and aftercare support
  • Launch of Rocliffe Script Development Services

How much does it cost to enter?


  • Writing For Children 2014
  • Writing For Comedy at Guardian Edinburgh International TV Fesival 2014
  • Writing for TV Winners 2014
  • Writing for FIlm Winners 2013
  • Writing for TV Winners 2013
  • If you wish to contact any of the featured writers please email them directly. Their emails are on the handouts above

    What happens on the night?

    What happens on the night?

    Each company rehearses for two hours prior to the event. Special musical compositions are created for each piece by composers from Air Edel, and in the regions composers from that area. Backdrops are created by Art Directors including KEM WHITE. All London events are cast by our in-house casting director, LAURA DICKENS CDG and rehearsed by professional actors and directors on the evening. Other casting directors include KATE MURRAY (New York), GEORGIA SIMPSON (Belfast), CATHERINE WILLIS (Comedy Edinburgh) and KAHLEEN CRAWFORD (Edinburgh) who discover and select professional actors appropriate to each piece. 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. It doesn't just end there. Where possible we make reasonable endeavours to arrange meetings with agents and development executives and this year we give the three featured scripts, the opportunity to revise their script based on the feedback from the event and receive a full script report on the new draft of their work.

    Come along to an event

    Come along to an event

    Of course, all attendance is by reservation only and all bookings must be made via BAFTA website.

    "Rocliffe is one of the best sources of new talent in the UK and it is also an excellent way for writers and directors to test new material"  Ollie Madden