The Festival

TROPHIES, LIFE-CHANGING AWARDS, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT!

This won't be the dry kind of gig that offers nothing but announcements.  Of course, we'll award certificates to all finalists on the big day, and present proper trophies to the winners of categories with 31+ pages. 

But since we're delighted to be sponsored by FINAL DRAFT, the winners and two runners-up in all our full-length categories will also receive a copy of FD12, as will the winners of the 'Shorter Film or TV Pilot' and 'Shorter or One-Act Stage/Audio Play Script categories. We accept submissions until 28 February 2022. 

We're particularly looking forward to being joined on stage by producer Jonathan Willis to announce the winners of the S&CO/POSTERITY AWARDS. Two writers (or two-strong teams) will be invited to develop their scripts with a view to production - one feature film, one theatre play -  in a unique joint venture by Scriptwriters & Co and additional sponsors POSTERITY ENTERTAINMENT.

But being Scriptwriters & Co (aka S&Co), we'll also offer entertainment and  some fabulous guest speakers, and are thrilled and honoured to announce the first: John Hodge, BAFTA award-winning screenwriter of films including Trainspotting; T2 Trainspotting; A Life Less Ordinary; The Beach and Shallow Grave, as well as a playwright whose first piece for the stage, Collaborators, won the Olivier Award for Best New Play.

Additionally, our magnificent S&Co Actors, who garner acclaim for their Zoom performances every month, will be on stage, reading scripts or excerpts from the works that impressed us most, from micros to pilots to features.

And since the Festival's in a venue used for dancing as well as screenings and events, that's exactly what we'll do! After winners are announced there will be a proper, celebratory, let-your-hair-down party from around 8-10pm, though there's a cool cafe or upstairs gallery for those who prefer to network or chat scripts.

PROVISIONAL FESTIVAL RUNNING ORDER

11.30am - Arrival and networking

12.00 noon - Introductions from Zanna Cardash and Alex Hollister

12.30pm - Guest Speaker 1

1.30pm - Lunch break

2.30pm - Guest Speaker 2

3.30pm - Award announcements and presentations, with excerpts from selected winning scripts read by S&Co Actors

6pm - Supper break

8pm - Dancing and more networking

10pm - ENDS!

All in all, we're building an incredible event, with Komedia's fantastic bar open all day, great food available, and plenty of scope for networking with other people who study or work in the performing arts, from all over the world. We can't wait to meet you! That said, if Covid-19 is running rampant and we don't consider it to be safe, we will hold the event online.

Festival tickets, categories and submission fees can be seen by clicking the lovely FilmFreeway button below.