Just squeezing a meeting into March, we’re back in Bristol Old Vic’s Rehearsal Room on the last Tuesday of the month next week.

Sign in at the theatre’s Stage Door entrance off Queen Charlotte Street, BS1 4HJ, and go straight to the meeting on the second floor — please ask the Stage Door staff if you need directions to the meeting. Everyone attending pays £2.

Tuesday, 27 March at 8pm: Royal International by Anton Paulissen

Anton’s screenplay is a political comedy in which the top brass of a big international bank are forced to do their own cleaning in a luxury London hotel. Hear the whole self-sanitising story at tonight’s meeting.

Tuesday, 24 April at 8pm: Open Workshop

Tonight we’re airing Drew Holt’s TV script, Clocked, about a duo of directionless graduates, and giving Brian Weaving’s latest short script a runout.

Brian scooped the silver salver in the senior creative writing class at this year’s Mid-Somerset Festival for his duologue The Drive — find out if he’s still on prize-winning form this evening.


Short film scripts for Elicit Pictures

Short film scripts for Elicit Pictures

Elicit Pictures is seeking short film scripts of one to ten pages to produce, premiere at BAFTA in Piccadilly and screen subsequently at film festivals.

Email you script to Elicit Pictures (at the address shown in the above graphic) by midnight on Monday, 30 April.

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The Nick Darke Award 2018

Nick Darke

The Nick Darke Award is accepting submissions of stage plays for its £6000 prize until 5pm on Monday, 21 May.

Conceived by the artist and filmmaker Jane Darke as a memorial to her late husband, the playwright Nick Darke who died in 2005, the award is funded by Falmouth University’s Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA) and School of Writing and Journalism. It recognises Nick Darke’s impact across the arts and endeavours to continue his legacy through the promotion of talent.

The international competition is open to writers over 16 years old who are the sole authors of original stage plays that are at least 45 minutes long, are unproduced, have not received a rehearsed reading, are not the winners of other competitions, and have not previously been entered for The Nick Darke Award.

The award’s panel of judges will assess entries anonymously, and you should email a PDF of your script that does not contain your name or contact details with a one-page synopsis to the submission address by the above deadline.

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June deadline for Depict!

Depict! Can you do it in 90 seconds?

Depict!, Watershed’s super-short film competition is accepting entries until 5pm on Monday, 2 June.

Depict! challenges filmmakers worldwide to turn in a movie in any genre that is 90 seconds or shorter. Your entry should also have been made after September 2017.

The competition is a chance for filmmakers to get some high-profile exposure for their work with shortlisted shorts streaming on the Depict! website and screening at this autumn’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival.

The project’s partners including BAFTA, Channel 4 and Shooting People offer a number of prizes with both cash and support packages awaiting finalists.

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