UGC Writers’ Campus accepting submissions for Series Mania

UGC Writers Campus by Series Mania is a week-long TV series writing workshop, conducted in English and open to 20 screenwriters. The 2020 edition will be held in Lille in northern France from March 20-27, 2020 under the supervision of Lorraine Sullivan. UGC, who sponsor the Writers’ Campus, is a European cinema operator which recently launched UGC Series, a unit specially dedicated to TV productions.

During the week, the twenty selected writers will attend workshops, masterclasses and one-to-one sessions with experienced professionals, who will also act as mentors in the development of their project. In a final showcase, participants will pitch their project to industry professionals attending Series Mania Forum.

Participants lodging, workshop participation and festival attendance are covered. Participants are only responsible for their own travel costs to and from Lille and meal expenses. As the program involves top players with busy agendas, the schedule is subject to change with last minute notification.

Important: The participants’ projects must be far enough in development to be pitched.

UGC Writers Campus will take place in two parts:

  • From March 20-24: workshops and sessions at La Plaine Images
  • From March 25-27: industry meetings, conferences and round table pitches at Lille Grand Palais during Series Mania Forum

Participants are also welcome to attend all scheduled festival events, which include a range of special screenings and exclusive premieres of some of the latest hit shows.

Eligibility Criteria

  • At least one professional experience on a broadcast TV or digital series.
  • Fluent in English, as the application and workshop are conducted in English.
  • Fully available from March 20-27, 2020.
  • A TV series project developed enough to be pitched. Digital series are welcomed.
  • The project must be fiction. They won’t consider documentary or animation.
  • The project’s original idea must not have a producer or broadcaster attached.
  • Apply before December 18th 2019, 11.59pm CET.

Selected candidates must be writers with professional experience and/or graduates from one of the partner schools (find details of these on their website).

Visit the Series Mania website for full details of how to apply, including rules, regulations and eligibility criteria, FAQs and application form

Deadline: 18 December 2019

Source: BBC  Writersroom

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