Emerging Auteurs 2014-15

Emerging writer / directors are invited to submit up to three feature film ideas, in factual or fiction genres to be produced in live action or animation, with the intention of choosing one for development under the guidance of Northern Ireland Screen’s Script Consultant and Short Film Executive.

The aim of the Emerging Auteurs scheme is to work with the best of the emerging writer/directors from Northern Ireland to develop feature projects that exemplify their unique vision.

The initial meeting will discuss the participant’s ideas and identify the one to be developed into a feature script.

Participants must deliver at least TWO drafts plus revisions of their feature script during the development process.

Participants will be paid for participation.

The developed script will remain the property of the writer/director.

The development work will take place between April 2014 and March 2015 with meetings every two months. Participants MUST make themselves available for every meeting.

You are eligible to apply if you can answer YES to these three statements:

1. I have written AND directed three or more short films or documentary programmes financed by public film funds or national broadcasters.

2. I have had one of the above qualifying short films selected for screening in competition at a BAFTA recognised short film festival within the past three calendar years. The 2013/14 list of BAFTA recognised short film festivals is available here: http://static.bafta.org/files/short-film-recognised-festival-list-2013-14-1023.pdf


I have had one of the above qualifying documentary programmes broadcast on a national network.

3. I am in development with Northern Ireland Screen, the BFI or a national broadcaster on my next long format (45 minutes or above) project.

Parties that fulfil the above criteria should contact Northern Ireland Screen’s Short Film Executive, Christine Morrow, to discuss their projects.

Evidence of how you fulfil the criteria will be required.


Application form

Monitoring form

Deadline for receipt of applications is 1700hrs on Friday 11 April 2014.

Emerging Auteurs is a joint initiative between Northern Ireland Screen and the BFI Net.Work.

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