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The CTBF, in partnership with Big Talk Productions and LOCO (The London Comedy Film Festival), is launching a script development programme for four emerging comedy writers. Each writer will be awarded £10,000 and take part in a personalised seven month programme of industry support, beginning in October 2016, as they develop a comedy feature film screenplay or pilot script for a narrative comedy television series.

All four writers will be given script development support from the film or TV team at Big Talk*; will be matched with an experienced script editor to work with on their script; and given professional development through CTBF and LOCO, the latter of which will also manage the programme.

At the end of seven months, the selected writers will have completed a feature screenplay or television pilot, which will be presented as a live, fully cast table read to an industry audience during a special LOCO event in Spring 2017.

Join in and see how we can help you take your first, next and further steps in developing your craft and career.

What’s the purpose of the programme?

Betty Box and Peter Rogers are two of the most significant figures in British comedy history. They were the producers of the Doctor and Carry On series respectively, among many other credits, and in their wills left an endowment to the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund.

The CTBF supports many different kinds of need within the film and TV industries, and has decided to honour Betty and Peter’s legacy by supporting four emerging comedy writers. The purpose of the award is to discover exciting, authentic new or undiscovered comedy voices by supporting those writers that have the ideas but not the space or time to bring these ideas to life. This is a window of opportunity for those voices that might otherwise struggle to be heard.

Who is this programme for?

In order to qualify, applicants must;

  • Have a minimum of two years’ experience anywhere behind the scenes in film and/or television. This experience need not be current nor consecutive.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to writing comedy for the screen
  • Live and work in the UK at the time of applying
  • Not hold any previous professional writing credits on a theatrically released feature or sole writing credits for broadcast scripted television programme

    See FAQs for further details

The programme is designed to discover and support writers who have demonstrated a commitment to writing comedy (paid or unpaid) – but who are not yet writing professionally full-time. We’re looking for applications from a wide range of backgrounds, ages and experiences: new doesn’t have to mean young.

And we’re looking for talent, not polish: it’s more important that your writing is fresh, surprising and funny than perfectly structured and crafted.


*Please note: Big Talk’s role in this programme is advisory. There is no obligation for Big Talk to commission any of your work, but they will be here to support and guide. As a result, we are not expecting scripts to demonstrate a specific fit with the work on Big Talk’s production slate and any awards made should not be seen as a demonstration of investment interest from them.


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