Many thanks to everyone who entered our 2005 competition — we received 22 entries this year. Your scripts will be sent to writernet in London early next week for judging. The judging process will take several months to complete (each script will be read and reported on by two readers), so please don’t hold your breath! We’ll be sending you copies of your readers’ reports and announcing the winners in late May or early June in good time for our New Writing Festival at the Tobacco Factory from Monday, 18 to Saturday, 23 July.


Introduction to Film & TV Scriptwriting course
Andy Graham, Southwest Scriptwriters’ chair, is leading another of his popular introductory courses to film and television scriptwriting at Bath University’s Carpenter House, Broad Quay, Bath, on 10 consecutive Wednesday evenings from 9 February.


90 Second Challenge
This new project launched through Watershed as part of the Creative Bristol initiative challenges you to create digital media — a film, mobile phone game, Flash or 3D animation, Internet viral, stop-motion, a photography slideshow, audio track or VJ set, for example — lasting no longer than the eponymous 90 seconds. It’s open for submissions from April until December.

90 Second Challenge


Channel 5 Search for Sitcoms
Channel 5 has teamed up with Paramount to find comedy writers who want to break into sitcoms. The joint venture is looking for 30-minute scripts aimed at 25-34 year old fans of The Office, Little Britain, Spaced and Smack the Pony. A shortlist of five to ten scripts will be developed with their writers receiving advice and feedback from mentors. The best of these will then receive a commission for an eight- to ten-part series for broadcast on the Paramount Comedy Channel.


Dazed & Confused Script Search
Dazed Film & TV is seeking to work with the best new and established writers to ‘create intelligent, inspirational cinema that is original in style, and risk-taking, young and witty in attitude’.


Apart from its own events and activities, Southwest Scriptwriters does not sanction or endorse any of the above — so caveat emptor everybody.