Friday, March 24, 2006


The screenwriting moons must have aligned in a peculiar fashion this week with just about everyone I know having a miserable time with rejection, disappointing news and/or illness. Take a moment to vent: Pants. Bugger. Godammit. *@*! Sucker. Poo.

Right, now on with the show…


Registrations with the 2006 Marché du Film are now open!

The Marché du Film of Cannes will be held from May 17 to 27, 2006.
This year, you can register only on-line thanks to a new easier system.

You can register yourself now directly on Marche Du Film.

You have to register before April 14th to be in the Market Guide.

Download the Marché du Film brochure.


Linda Segar - What Hollywood Wants - 1 April 2006

To create a commercially successful film, a writer needs to know about four elements: the creative, the artistic, the craft, and commerciality. In this seminar, Linda will look at these elements and how they relate to a great script that is viable, both critically and commercially.

Dr Linda Seger has given seminars for studios, networks, production companies, television series and film commissions. Since 1981 she has consulted on over 2,000 projects for both television and feature films. She is included in The World Who's Who of Women and has appeared on over forty radio and television shows.

Don't miss this opportunity to find out how to write for – and sell to – the Hollywood market.

Tickets £90. Held at RADA, Malet St, London WC1E 7JN. All classes run from 10am-5pm (9.30am registration). Book now at RADA Box Office 020 7908 4800.

For more information: Scriptwriter Magazine

For queries: Janice Day on 07748 652 194


Channel 4's Coming Up

Coming Up is the only talent scheme currently in the UK where new film-makers have the opportunity to make an authored drama with a guaranteed network broadcast. The scheme is run by Channel 4 and IWC Media in partnership with Skillset.

The strand is looking to make 8 challenging and individual films from the best new talent in the UK. We'll be looking for bold ideas, strong voices, originality, ambition and wit.

Each film will be for a ½ hour C4 slot and must: push boundaries in a way that wouldn’t / couldn’t be done in mainstream drama; be contemporary; be shot in 4 days on a limited budget; and be largely, but not exclusively, young and urban. The closing date for applications is 18 April 2006 – see the following links for more details:

Coming Up



Guru John Truby in town, but hurry...

One of Hollywood's leading story consultants, the filmmaker and writer John Truby, is coming to London this weekend to explain why 3 Act Story Struture is obsolete. His ground breaking weekend masterclass 22 STEP STORY STRUCTURE is on March 25/26 and there are still eight places remaining (they may be snapped up now but you never know).

For details on the class, click here.

Truby also believes that a thorough understanding of genre is the key to creating and selling a commercially viable script. John is presenting a special one day class UNDERSTANDING GENRE on Monday March 27th 9-30 - 5:30.
Registrations at Raindance: 0207 287 3833.

If you'd like to read the article WHY THREE ACT STORY STRUCTURE WILL KILL YOU, click here.


Rocliffe New Writing Forums

Rocliffe are currently accepting scripts for the winter season 2005
Rocliffe New Writing Forums commencing in September with Cameron McCracken from Pathé. For an application form email or from the web.

There is no charge to submit a script but you must submit a hard copy with an application form.


Raindance Film Festival Opens For Submissions

Hard to believe, but it's that time of year again. Time for us to start accepting entries for this year's festival.

Festival dates have been set for 27 September to 8 October, and we'll be taking submissions from now until July 1st.

Whether you have a short, a feature, a music video, a documentary or a kids film, we'll happily consider it - to find the submission form, along with the rules and regulations, please click below.

Click here for details.


Have a great weekend.

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