BAFTA ROCLIFFE NEW WRITING FORUM – TV 2015
TERMS & CONDITIONS
This competition is open to all writers, resident in the UK or of UK citizenship. The extracts must be television screenplays or episodes from an original series on any subject and of any genre but MUST reflect the diversity in society. We are not accepting film or sitcom, radio, theatre, magazine or game show format. The Prize includes three projects to be showcased at an event at BAFTA, becoming part of the BAFTA Rocliffe Alumni, which gives you access to bespoke and exclusive masterclasses and industry introductions offering a wide range of development opportunities including mini-forum workshops and support. Selected writers are offered a full-length script report of their redrafted script six weeks post event so they can incorporate notes. BAFTA & Rocliffe are looking for new talent that shows real potential to be supported and developed. Read our FAQs for more answers.
1. HOW TO ENTER
1.1. APPLICATION FORM: Fill in an online application form, generates your application number.
1.2. APPLICATION NUMBER – a ten digit application number is emailed to the address listed. If you donÕt receive an email within 60 mins, please email TV2015@rocliffe.com
1.3. PAY ONLINE: Using the dropdown menu for the required entry fee and enter your submission - or Send a CHEQUE to Rocliffe Ltd.
1.4. SEND: By the appropriate deadline postal / hand delivered entry by 17.00 or electronic entry by midnight on final date.
1.5. Entries are accepted from 19 Jan 2015. ALL entries are considered by an industry Panel.
1.6. Early Bird Deadline for submissions – 31 Jan 2015. 17.00 hard copy or midnight email entries.
1.7. Final Deadline for submissions – 28 Feb 2015. 17.00 hard copy or midnight email entries.
1.8. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF ENTRIES WILL BE EMAILED ONE WEEK AFTER EACH DEADLINE TO THE MAIN WRITER.
2.1. Entries must be the original work of the entrant, and must not infringe the rights of any other party. BAFTA & Rocliffe accept no liability if entrants ignore these rules and entrants agree to fully indemnify BAFTA & Rocliffe against any claims by third parties arising from breach of these rules.
2.2. You must be available to attend the London event on the 21 April 2015 (if selected by the judging process);
2.3. Entrants can enter individually or as part of a writing team. ALL writers will be acknowledged in all billing.
2.4. Entries must include all materials outlined (see YOUR ENTRY).
2.5. Entering the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum constitutes permission to use the writersÕ names, script title, email addresses for publicity & hand-outs without additional permission being sought.
2.6. BAFTA & Rocliffe reserve the right to cancel the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum and propose a new date or to amend these terms and conditions. If this is deemed necessary, a notice will be posted on: www.bafta.org and www.rocliffe.com
2.7. BAFTA & Rocliffe reserve the right to reject any entry for any reason at their absolute discretion. BAFTA & RocliffeÕs decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
2.8. Submission of a script confirms the entrant's acceptance of the terms and conditions are governed by the laws of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
3.1. You must hold a UK passport or be able to prove you have resided in the UK
3.2. You must be 18 or over on 19 Jan 2015.
3.3. You must not be a BAFTA or Rocliffe employee.
3.4. Proof of age and identity for eligibility may be requested. BAFTA & RocliffeÕs decision as to the eligibility of individual entrants will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
3.5. Entrants can enter individually or as part of a writing team, however only one writer from the winning team will have their travel and accommodation covered – this should be the lead writer.
3.6. ALL writers who are UK residents or carry a UK Passport will be acknowledged in event billing.
4. YOUR ENTRY – SUBMISSION MATERIALS (Link to tips below on html link)
4.2. Short synopsis – 25 words
4.3. Treatment or outline of the film (300 words max)
4.4. Up to 6 episode guides – minimum 3 max 6 if it is a series (30-50 words each)
4.5. Character breakdown of extract-featured characters (50-100 words per character)
4.6. Introduction to extract that sets the scene in place (100 words)
4.7. 10 page extract of the script, typed and formatted to industry standards. Do not send full scripts and follow standard script format. For information on formats, we recommend you look at BBC Writersroom
4.8. Each submission should be no more than 13 pages and in following order: Short synopsis, Treatment, Episode Guides (if applicable), Character Breakdown, Introduction, Script. Include the application number on each page but not your name. No artwork or casting suggestions please.
5. EMAIL SUBMISSIONS
Forward submission materials with your email entry form. Send as a single email to TV2015@rocliffe.com (all documents as pdfs). Script and Support material ordered as per YOUR ENTRY may be combined into a single document with the script extract attached separately. Name your documents with your Application Number and support materials or script.
6. HARD SUBMISSIONS:
6.1. Post-marked the day prior to the deadline (early bird or final) or hand-delivered by 5pm on the day of the deadline, marked for the attention of Julia Carruthers, BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN. Entries will not be returned so please retain to keep a copy.
6.2. BAFTA & Rocliffe do not accept responsibility for problems with the postal service, which may result in any entry being lost or delayed. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.
6.3. Print the first page of the application form with the support material and script on white paper, double-sided scripts accepted. Please do not bind, staple, paperclip or bulldog your submission
7. ENTRY FEES
7.1. Early Bird fee is £6 or Final Entry fee is £11 for hard copies (posted or hand delivered). These are non-refundable. An additional £10 to submit by email to cover extra printing and admin costs.
7.2. One submission fee per extract. There is no maximum submission per writer. Each script extract entered must include a non-refundable fee. Payments by cheque made out to Rocliffe Ltd from a UK Bank, or via PayPal, add the PayPal reference manually.
7.3. All entrants will receive a receipt email one week after each entry deadline and email notification of their progress at each stage. If you do not receive an email please contact TV2015@rocliffe.com
8. FEEDBACK OR SUBMISSION REPORTS – OPTIONAL EXTRA
Following popular demand Rocliffe now offers an independent script extract submission feedback service from Rocliffe script readers giving writers individual feedback on each element of their submission for an additional fee of £30 (usual value £45). These reports are separate to and independent of any decision made during the selection process. The aim is to give the writer a fuller understanding of how their script will be professionally received. BAFTA is not responsible for the content of these reports, they are an independent service offered by Rocliffe.
9. JUDGING CRITERIA & PROCESS
The script selection panel have no idea of the name, gender or experience of the writer. The voice is judged on the following criteria. All scripts are read, and go through the following process. The originality of the voice and strength of the idea. The accomplishment and quality of the writing of the sample script extract. The strength of voice and potential in the writer. Stage One: The panel of industry guests will assess all the scripts submitted against the criteria outlined and select a shortlist of up to 12 entries. Stage Two: A select panel will review the short listed entrants and select the three extracts to be featured as finalists. Stage Three: All writers will be notified as to the status of their entries, it will be specified if they were shortlisted or not. Featured writers will be informed with the scripts performed at the London event on 21 April 2015.
9.1. PanelÕs decision is absolute.
10. GENERAL POINTS
Entrants permit BAFTA & Rocliffe to edit featured entries for the purposes of use at the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum, but always in consultation with the writer. Entrants retain the copyright in any script or pitch idea developed by the entrant as a result of being selected. All entries must be written primarily in English with translation provided for any foreign language sections. The copyright of all scripts sent to us remains with the writer. Similarities will occur and we are often surprised by similar ideas, concepts and themes in a call. We will not pass the work of any writer, to third parties outside of the judging process, without first contacting the writer. We do not retain copies of scripts that have been unsuccessful. BAFTA & Rocliffe do endeavour to facilitate meetings with third parties i.e. agents, development execs and production companies for the selected writers, but all subsequent negotiations with writers following those meetings are between the writer and the third party.