A Thousand Stories (an iteration of Thousand Films) was established in 2019 to find new voices in film and television and to provide a bridge between writers looking for a break and an industry hungry for new talent. In its first year, the Thousand Stories competition focused on finding exciting new female writers – this year, the competition is looking for writers from Black, Asian, and ethnic minority backgrounds.
The winning writer will receive a prize package that includes a mix of mentoring, development plans and networking opportunities. Former Commissioning Editor/Executive Producer and expert on story, John Yorke, will guide the winner through the process of creating a treatment for their original series idea, paid for by BBC Studios ScriptWorks, to pitch for further development.
BBC Studios award-winning Executive Producer, Aysha Rafaele – whose credits include Killed By My Debt and The Left Behind – will also mentor the winner, giving them invaluable insight and advice on working in TV. All 12 shortlisted writers will also have access to a network of writers, agents and TV executives through ScriptWorks events.
Eligibility: To apply, writers should be from a Black, Asian, or other minority ethnic background. They are looking for writers who do not yet have agent representation.
How to apply: To enter, applicants must submit a script for a pilot episode of a TV drama or comedy series of between 30-60 minutes.
Deadline: 15 December 2020
Source: BBC Writersroom