Channel 4 seeking writers for ‘Coming Up’ talent development scheme with Touchpaper

After 13 years of the acclaimed strand, Channel 4 restates its commitment to new writers and directors with its new look Coming Up talent scheme that will now result in a feature length drama.

Channel 4 is offering up-and-coming British film-makers the chance to have their own original feature length single drama produced in the new look Coming Up scheme. From the submitted applications, a shortlist of 6 writers will be commissioned to write a full screenplay under the guidance of key industry talent. Three of those writers will then be selected to work alongside an established director and a short section of each script will be filmed before a panel of judges chooses one 90 minute screenplay to be produced in full with an up-and-coming director at its helm and broadcast on Channel 4 in 2015.

Continuing the spirit of supporting and unearthing bright new talent that has run throughout the previous 13 years of the Coming Up scheme, this new incarnation of Coming Up encourages applications from those looking to build a career in television and aims to produce bold, original, surprising and powerful ideas.

Eligibility:  Writers with no previous television experience and writers with a writing credit on less than 2 programme hours of a series or serial (such as a long running soap) broadcast on UK television are eligible.  Writers of an original single television drama, or writers with credits on 2 programme hours or more of a series or serial broadcast on UK television are not eligible.

 What to submit:  Full details of process (and a link to download the application form) can be found on the Touchpaper website.

Writers are required to submit:

  1. Your completed Application Form;
  2. Your completed Equal Opportunities Form;
  3. 2 copies of your detailed CV/Biography; and
  4. 2 copies of your writing sample (which must be your original dramatic writing).  This must be a full-length script in dramatic form.  If you don’t have a full-length writing sample, 2 x short film/play/radioplay scripts will also suffice.  Treatments, outlines or pitch documents will not be accepted.

How to apply: Submissions accepted by POST ONLY to:

Touchpaper Wales
c/o Touchpaper Television
21 John Adam Street
London WC2N 6JG

Deadline:  Thursday 3 April 2014 at 1pm

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