14 Jun 2015

One Minute Films Wanted

Galway City of Film in partnership with Galway Film Fleadh (Festival) and Galway Film Centre, have organised the return of The One Minute Film Festival.

Film makers and enthusiasts are invited to submit a One-Minute HD Film based on any subject or any story including documentary, live action, art-house and animation.

30 of the best One Minute Films will be selected by a panel of judges and screened at a special public event on July 12th at Galway Film Fleadh 2015. The overall winning film will receive a 'Judges Award' from Galway Film Fleadh.

Entry is freeFilms can be submitted electronically through a private online link. 

Deadline: Midnight (GMT) Tuesday June 30th 2015

Contact Mary Deely at: education@galwayfilmcentre.ie for more info.

Best of luck if you're entering!

6 Jun 2015

BBC Television Submission Opportunities

"I don't care who you are. When you sit down to write the first page of your screenplay, in your head, you're also writing your Oscar acceptance speech," Nora Ephron.

Now that I’m fast approaching the Fade Out finish line of my script, Tough Love, not only is my Oscar acceptance speech pitch perfect, so too is the one for the BAFTAs and the IFTAs. The only thing I haven’t figured out yet is what to wear.

We can but dream. But dreams do happen. They happen to lots of people all the time. The only certainty is nothing will happen to Tough Love unless I submit the script. Not even rejection. But where to start? My agent is one option; BBC Television another. Aim high, that's my motto. But apart from anything else, the BBC has a system in place for considering and rejecting unsolicited, original scripts and Tough Love isn't suitable for the US. Besides, I figure rejection from the BBC has to count for something. At a minimum, it allows me to fantasise about shrugging it off in a post-award ceremony interview wearing something fabulous.

That said, I have to wait until a call for Drama submissions goes out in the Autumn. Exact dates will be announced on the Opportunities page of the BBC’s Writers Room website, as well as in the Writers Room newsletter, along with the @bbcwritersroom Twitter feed.

Meantime, here's a personal favourite Ephron quote to leave you with:

"For years, I wrote scripts that didn't get made."

2 Jun 2015

Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2015

The 2015 Wasafiri New Writing Prize is now accepting submissions in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life WritingThe prize for each category is  £300 and publication in WasafiriMagazine.

The competition is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book in their chosen category. Entries for Fiction and Life Writing should be no longer than 3000 words, and Poetry submissions should comprise of no more than five poems.

Deadline - 5pm GMT on Friday 24 July 2015

Email your entry along with the form and proof or notice of payment to: wasafiriprize@open.ac.uk

Alternatively, you can snail-mail the Entry Form, along with your submission and cheque or PayPal receipt, to: The Wasafiri New Writing Prize, Wasafiri, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, London, NW1 8NP, UK.


£6 - one category
£10 - two categories
£15 - three categories

25 May 2015

Writing TV Treatments for Television - Online Workshop

Having received terrific feedback from students who have completed my online TV Treatments Workshop, I've been encouraged to give the page an overhaul. Ta dah! Click HERE if you fancy taking a look. Naturally, if you've any questions or want to know more, feel free to zap an email off to: carenkennedywrites [at] gmail [dot] com. And, yes, I'm showing my age with the image. But then so are you by recognising it. 

Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition - Open to 31 August 2015

Shore Scripts Screenwriting competition has been open for submissions since the beginning of March but there's a late deadline of 31 August 2015. 

Needless to say, that's the one I'm aiming for. Not that I hold out much hope of getting anywhere. Still, there's nothing like a deadline to focus the mind. 

Besides, winning isn't everything in this competition given the potential exposure. Numerous Production Companies and Agents are attached to read top entries and 21 industry Judges "at the top of their game" will select the winning entries. 

Click HERE more information and best of luck if you're entering. 


PS. Oh, and by the way, the articles on the website are well worth studying. Click HERE to hop straight over.