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** UPDATE, JANUARY 2010 **
The list below is pretty much out-of-date. A lot of the production companies have since changed their policy on unsolicited materials. The best resource to find out if companies accept unsolicited material is the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook (website here).
** UPDATE, JANUARY 2010, ENDS **
So, here it is. The first of what will hopefully be an ongoing list of producers and production companies who encourage new writers and are open to unsolicited material in the UK. If any of the companies have been listed incorrectly, or do not accept unsolicited scripts any more, be sure to inform me immediately so I can update the list. The same applies if you come across other companies who have an open-door policy.
Do not use this as a free-for-all bombardment of their time and consideration. Be professional and courteous with your approach. Make sure you fully research their websites and requirements. Seek out all information about their current and previous work. Send them your best scripts, not something you’ve had lying around for a few years. Be prepared, be ready. And if you get a good response or have a positive experience, let us know…
Absolutely Productions: Mainly TV comedy.
Baby Cow: first ten pages plus a synopsis only.
PFB Motion Pictures: No scripts, send one-page synopsis only in first instance.
Rose Bay Film Productions: Unsolicited scripts (with sae) welcome.
Screenprojex: Film sales and distribution outfit with activities primarily in the independent film sector. Send prelim letter outlining project & CV.
Shooting People: Online pitching available. Subscription required.
SilentSound Films: Synopses considered via email or post.
Sweetheart Films: An intro letter with perhaps a treatment and a short extract would receive consideration.
UK Film Council: Lottery funding available.