Big Names Meet New Talent at July Screenwriting Lab

Big Names Meet New Talent at July Screenwriting Lab

The course is entering its second year and is open to 18–25 year olds with a passion for script writing. Participants will be guided by three industry mentors and will collaborate on the creation of a brand-new short film screenplay. A screenplay that might help get that all important first professional credit.

Throughout the course participants will receive exclusive masterclasses from leading TV and film industry professionals. We are very excited to have guest speakers Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn aboard this year. This writing duo scripted the critically acclaimed BBC drama The Salisbury Poisonings and the Simon Pegg helmed Channel 4 drama The Undeclared War.

We will also have sessions from Heather Larmour (NI Assistant Commissioner from BBC Writersoom) and Ursula Devine (Development Executive from NI Screen) talking about upcoming writing opportunities. Anna Hinds from Hat Trick productions (Derry Girls, William of Orangedale) will be on hand to talk about the art of pitching ideas.

Script editor Robin Taylor (Thinking About Writing Podcast) will focus on script essentials. We will also have industry chats with Raymond Lau (Zodiak Kids Productions), assistant producer Lisa Service (Game of Thrones, Krypton) and director Aidan Largey (Human Error, The Break).

The Script Development Lab also provides an excellent chance to network with industry experts and meet possible future collaborators.

The Script Development Lab is free and open to anyone aged 18–25 in Northern Ireland and will initially take place online via Zoom but with a final in-person showcase and networking session at Nerve Centre.

The course will be running from 18–23 July. Previous course attendees are welcome to reapply.

If you are interested in applying, please fill out the form via link:

BFI Film Academy Labs events are part of the BFI Venue Education Fund programme delivered in Northern Ireland by Nerve Centre, Queens Film Theatre and Film Hub NI, kindly supported by the National Lottery.