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Northern Ireland Screen is now seeking feature film scripts to develop for its New Writer Focus scheme 2024-2025.

The scheme is only open to Northern Ireland resident writers new to feature film. We are not taking applications for TV drama or comedy, this is for feature film scripts only.

For the avoidance of doubt “writers new to feature film” in this context means a writer without a writing credit on a produced feature film.

This is a script development call, therefore a producer and director are not essential at this stage.


What are we looking for?

  • Compelling stories with a unique or fresh perspective.
  • Ambitious authored voices.
  • Stories with strong character journeys.
  • A range of art-house and commercial stories.
  • Feature film projects only.
  • Projects need not be limited by budget or genre.


What will the scheme involve?

New Writer Focus will have 3 major components to the development scheme:

  • Writers Room, with monthly meetings.
  • Individual project and writer development.
  • Development seminars and networking opportunities.


How many projects will be selected?

Up to 4 scripts will be chosen for development between September 2024 and April 2025


What do you need to submit to apply?

  • At least a first draft completed script of the project you wish to develop through the scheme.
  • A one-page synopsis of your story.
  • Name, project title, and contact information on your script and one-pager.
  • Projects saved by project title and writer name.


Who can apply?

  • NI resident writers who not have not yet had a produced feature film.
  • Writing teams of up to 2 writers can submit a joint application.
  • Writers who have not already completed NWF.


Can you submit more than one project for consideration?

  • Writers can only make one project application.


The selected writers will be eligible to apply for an individual writer award.

The closing date for receipt of applications is midnight, Sunday 23rd June 2024.

Please note- Assessment will be completed and applicants will be notified by end of August 2024.


Writing for Readers – screenwriting with Steve Brooks via Zoom.

To help writers prepare their application, we will run an on-line screenwriting seminar.

There will be a brief introduction to the scheme, with a Q&A opportunity, followed by a presentation, which will last around two hours. This will focus on the important theme of screenwriters getting into the professional habit of writing for readers, not just for themselves.

Mr Brookes is a freelance script consultant whose career has focused on working on British independent feature films. He worked for the British Film Institute for many years and has had a long association with Northern Ireland Screen.

Wednesday 29th May, 12pm- 2pm

RSVP:  Chloe@


How to apply

For support with your application, check out our guidance notes. 

The application link can be found here. 

Deadline is 23rd June 2024.


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