The British Academy of Film & Television Arts and Rocliffe are on the hunt for fresh feature film writing talent. This competition is open to all writers who are currently living in the UK or of UK citizenship.
Three finalist projects will be selected to be showcased at an event at BAFTA and given industry introductions. Finalist writers will go on to be involved in a wide range of development opportunities including workshops and events. BAFTA & Rocliffe are looking for new talent that demonstrate industry potential.
Projects that receive more than four nominations from BAFTA Rocliffe panel are published on our FORUM LIST – with the name, title and synopsis of the recommended scripts.
HOW TO ENTER
1.1. APPLICATION FORM: Fill in an online application form to generate 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 minutes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 22:00 on final date.
1.5. Entries are accepted from 3 August 2015. ALL entries are considered by an industry Panel.
Early Bird Deadline
for submissions – 14 August 2015
hard copy or 15 August 2015 22:00 email
1.7. Final Deadline for submissions – 14 September 2015. 17.00 hard copy or 22:00 email entries.
1.8. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF ENTRIES WILL BE EMAILED ONE WEEK AFTER EACH DEADLINE TO THE MAIN WRITER.
2. RULES AND GUIDELINES
2.1. Entries must be for completed feature film scripts.
2.2. 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.
2.3. You must be available to attend the London event on the 2 December 2015 (if selected by the judging process);
2.4. Entrants can enter individually or as part of a writing team. ALL writers will be acknowledged in all billing.
2.5. Entries received that do not contain all materials outlined (see YOUR ENTRY) and payment will not be considered.
2.6. Entering the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum constitutes permission to use the writersÕ names, script title, short synopsis and email addresses for publicity & hand-outs without additional permission being sought.
2.7. 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
2.8. 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.
2.9. 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 a UK citizen or be able to prove you are currently living in the UK.
3.2. You must be 18 or over on 3 August 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. 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)
A complete electronic email entry form via the Application Form
4.2. Proof of payment such as PayPal
4.3. Short synopsis – 25 words
4.4. Treatment or outline of the film (300 words max)
4.5. Character breakdown of featured characters (50 words per character)
4.6. Introduction to extract that sets the scene (100 words)
4.7. Consecutive scenes within a 10 page extract of the script. The extract must end at 10 pages, subsequent pages will not be considered. They must be typed and formatted to industry standards. Font size no smaller than 12. 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.
4.8. No personal details should appear on materials. Please put your application number (see 1.1 and 1.2) on your support material which should be no more than 3 pages and arranged in the following order: Logline, Treatment, Character Breakdown, Introduction, Script. Please name your file(s): Your Unique Reference Number – your Script Title – Script Title/Support docs.pdf.. Each section does not need to be on a separate page.
4.9. Please do not include artwork or casting suggestions.
5. EMAIL SUBMISSIONS
5.1. Forward submission materials with your email entry form. Send as a single email to email@example.com (all documents as pdfs) by 22:00 of the deadline (early bird or final). 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 either 13th August for early bird or 12th September for 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
6.4. Entries will not be returned so please retain to keep a copy.
7. ENTRY FEES
7.1. Early Bird fee is £6 for hard copies (posted or hand delivered).
7.2. Final Entry fee is £12 for hard copies (posted or hand delivered).
7.3. It is an additional £10 to submit your entry by email to cover extra printing costs and administration.
7.4. We charge one submission fee per script. There is no maximum submission limit per writer, however each submission will incur an entry fee.
7.5. Each script extract entered must include a non-refundable fee. Payments by cheque made out to Rocliffe Ltd from a UK Bank, or via PayPalwww.rocliffe.com. The PayPal reference can be added manually to your entry form.
7.6. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
8. FEEDBACK OR SUBMISSION REPORTS – OPTIONAL EXTRA
8.1. 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. 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:
9.1. The originality of the voice and strength of the idea.
9.2. The accomplishment and quality of the writing of the sample script extract.
9.3. The strength of voice and potential in the writer.
All scripts are read, and go through the following process:
9.4. 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.
9.5. Stage Two: A select panel will review the short listed entrants and select the three extracts to be featured as finalists.
9.6. 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 2 December 2015.
9.7. FORUM LIST: BAFTA Rocliffe spotlight projects from our Film script call which have received a minimum of four recommendations from the industry executives. The list gives agents, producers, industry executives and directors an opportunity to discover new writing talent. BAFTA & Rocliffe publish the list with the writerÕs name, script title and logline. We introduce all FORUM LISTED writers by email to all enquirers and it is up to the writer to share their scripts. At no point do we share material to those outside the panel without the writerÕs permission.
9.8. 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. Submission of a script confirms the entrant's acceptance of the terms and conditions which are governed by the laws of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.