GUIDELINES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS
BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum - TV Drama Submissions 2014
This competition is open to all writers. Three projects will be selected to be showcased at an event at BAFTA and given industry introductions. Shortlisted writers will go on to be involved in a wide range of development opportunities including mini-forum workshops and events. BAFTA and Rocliffe are looking for new talent that shows real potential.
1. HOW TO ENTER
1.1. APPLICATION FORM: Fill in an online application form which 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 30 mins, please email email@example.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. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF ENTRIES WILL BE EMAILED ONE WEEK AFTER EACH DEADLINE TO THE MAIN WRITER.
2. RULES AND GUIDELINES
2.1. The extract must be television drama. This includes single dramas, mini-series and comedy-drama. We are not accepting feature or short films, sitcoms or sketch shows.
2.2. Entries are accepted from 27th January 2014.
2.3. Early Bird Deadline for submissions – 10th February 2014. 17.00 hard copy or midnight email entries.
2.4. Final Deadline for submissions – 10th March 2014. 17.00 hard copy or midnight email entries.
2.5. ALL entries are considered by an industry BAFTA TV Selection Panel.
2.6. Entries must be the original work of the entrant, and must not infringe the rights of any other party. BAFTA and Rocliffe accept no liability if entrants ignore these rules and entrants agree to fully indemnify BAFTA and Rocliffe against any claims by third parties arising from breach of these rules.
2.7. You must be available to attend the London event on the 29th April 2014 (if selected by the judging process);
2.8. Entrants can enter individually or as part of a writing team. ALL writers will be acknowledged in all billing.
2.9. Entrants must follow the submission guidelines as per HOW TO ENTER
2.10. Entries received that do not contain all materials outlined (see YOUR ENTRY) and payment will not be considered.
2.11. Entering scripts for consideration for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum constitutes permission to use the selected writersÕ names, script title and email addresses for publicity and handouts without additional permission being sought.
2.12. BAFTA and 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
2.13. BAFTA and Rocliffe reserve the right to reject any entry for any reason at their absolute discretion. BAFTA and RocliffeÕs decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
2.14. 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 be 18 or over on 27th January 2014.
3.2. You must not be a BAFTA or Rocliffe employee.
3.3. Proof of age and identity for eligibility may be requested. BAFTA and RocliffeÕs decision as to the eligibility of individual entrants will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
4. YOUR ENTRY – SUBMISSION MATERIALS (Tip links below)
4.1. A complete electronic email entry form via the Application Form
4.2. Proof of payment such as like PayPal
4.3. Industry relevant biography 100 words. It can ŌThis is my first scriptÕ - we love discovering new talent. This should be on a single page with your name and application number.
4.4. Short synopsis – 25 words
4.5. Treatment or outline of the series or show (500 words max)
4.6. Character breakdown of featured characters (50-100 words per character)
4.8. Introduction to extract that sets the scene (100 words)
4.9. 10 page extract of the script (you may spill onto the 11th page to end a scene), typed and formatted to industry standards. Script pages should be numbered 1-10. Do not send full scripts. Script extracts should be typed and follow standard script format. For information on formats, we recommend you look at BBC Writersroom
4.10. No personal details to appear on materials except on biography page. The application number should appear on support material should be no more than 2.5 to 3 pages (excluding biography) and arranged in the following order: Biography, Logline, Treatment, Episode Guides, Character Breakdown, Introduction, Script.
Please do not include artwork or casting suggestions.
5. EMAIL SUBMISSIONS
5.1. Forward these with your email entry form, and attach your submission materials. Send as a single email to firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
6.2. BAFTA and 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
6.4. Entries will not be returned so please retain to keep a copy.
6.5. Each script extract entered must include a non-refundable fee. Payments must be made in UK Sterling by cheque made out to Rocliffe Ltd from a UK Bank, or via PayPal, the PayPal reference can be added manually to your entry form.
7. ENTRY FEES
7.1. Early Bird fee is £6 for hard copies (posted or hand delivered) or £16 for email submissions.
7.2. Final Entry fee is £11 for hard copies (posted or hand delivered) or £21 for email submissions.
7.3. We charge one submission fee per script. There is no maximum submission per writer, however each submission will incur an entry fee.
7.4. All entrants will receive email confirmation of receipt of email one week after each entry deadline and will receive email notification of the status of their submissions after each stage. If you do not receive an email please contact email@example.com
8. 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:
8.1. The originality and strength of the idea
8.2. The accomplishment and quality of the writing of the sample script extract
8.3. The strength of voice and potential in the writer
All scripts are read, and go through the following process:
8.4. 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.
8.5. Stage Two: A select panel will review the short listed entrants and select the three extracts to be featured as finalists.
8.6. Stage Three: The featured writers will be informed week commencing 31st March 2014 with the scripts performed at the London event on 29th April 2014.
8.7. PanelÕs decision is absolute.
Part of the prize for featured writers, is a full length script report, for a redraft six weeks post event.
9. GENERAL POINTS
Entrants permit BAFTA and 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 parties outside of the judging process, without first contacting the writer. We do not retain copies of scripts that have been unsuccessful.