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THE BRISBANE PREGNANCY BABIES AND CHILDREN’S EXPO – Friday, 28 June to Sunday, 30 June 2019: There is plenty of fun for kids at the Expo, with multiple spaces for babies and toddlers to play. There is an Imagination Play Area specially designed to stimulate the imagination and senses. Check in closer to the 2019 for updated activity details. Check out the Fun for Kids page for the activities the kids enjoyed in the 2018 Expo at https://www.pbcexpo.com.au/brisbane/fun-for-kids. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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On these pages you will find competitions and other opportunities for authors, performance writers for stage and screen, illustrators and filmmakers. See entries below the quick list for more detailed information.

In this section we list competitions open to performance writers for theatre, film and television, plus cross-over opportunities for filmmakers. Detailed information is listed below in date order. Those entries with deadlines looming are highlighted in red.   

 

  • Entries have opened for the 2019 JOHN HINDE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE FICTION SCREENWRITING, and the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) is looking for exceptional Sci-Fi. Entries close at 5.00 p.m. on Friday, 9 August 2019. (See RADIO, FILM AND TELEVISION section below)
  • The US Competition BLUE DRAFT SCREENWRITING CONTEST invites you to create a Short Film lasting 15 minutes with an open theme, and a Digital Short Series of 8 to 10 episodes each with a length of 8 to 10 minutes. Closing dates are Regular: 30/09/2019, Late: 30/11/2019. (See RADIO, FILM AND TELEVISION section below)
  • The Australian Writers’ Guild sponsors events, festivals, awards and programs that recognise, promote, reward and celebrate the work of screen and stage writers. See who’s eligible.
  • The Brisbane City Council is seeking public event visionaries for its CREATIVE EVENTS REGISTER. If you’ve got a bright idea, register now. 
  • Playwrights from regional or remote areas may apply for travel costs to attend events and opportunities through the newly established ERIN THOMAS PLAYWRIGHT FUND. There is no deadline for applications.
  • Submit your complete screenplay with a treatment, or a comprehensive concept proposal (1–3 pages) to WriteMe Australia, a national screenwriting initiative program which aims to develop exceptional material into production-ready screenwriting to be produced by the LaRoda Films network. There is no closing date for submissions. All ideas and material exchanged between all parties constitute intellectual property that shall remain the exclusive property of the originator.

 

THEATRE

Who: Playwriting Australia.

What: ERIN THOMAS PLAYWRIGHT FUND

Entries close: No deadline for applications. 

Contact: For guidelines visit the website at http://www.pwa.org.au

Cost: No cost to apply.

What’s happening: The Rules. It can be tough getting your playwriting career going if you live outside of the capital cities – opportunities to engage with the theatre industry are rare and expensive. The newly established Erin Thomas Playwright Fund has been created to support emerging playwrights from regional or remote areas to attend opportunities or events that would help them develop their careers. 

To be eligible, playwrights need to: reside in a regional, remote or rural area of Australia; and be at an early stage of their career and have had no more than two professional productions.

The Opportunities: Funded travel costs can include airfares, accommodation, per diems or other relevant expenses. Playwrights may apply to attend events and opportunities.

Here is an opportunity to submit and sell your script, choreography and artistic concepts for students of the performing arts.

Who: Free Range Theatrix

What: SUBMIT AND SELL YOUR SCRIPT, CHOREOGRAPHY AND ARTISTIC CONCEPTS FOR STUDENTS OF THE PERFORMING ARTS.

Entries close: Ongoing.

Contact: Go to their website at http://www.freerangetheatrix.com for more information about the company, and contact Creative Director, Sally Hardy on sally@freerangetheatrix.com about your submissions if you have questions.

Cost: FREE TO SUBMIT

What’s happening: Opportunity: Free Range Theatrix is a new company that sells scripts, choreography and artistic concepts for students of the performing arts. They are currently seeking submissions of plays, monologues and musical theatre, and are interested in anything from light-hearted pantomimes through to highly artistic and challenging works. For more information and go to their website at http://www.freerangetheatrix.com and contact Sally Hardy as above if you have any further questions. 

 

ONLINE CREATORS AND OTHER PLATFORMS

Who: The Australian Writers Guild (AWG)

What: AUSTRALIAN WRITERS' GUILD SPONSORSHIP

Entries close: Ongoing opportunity.

Contact: Go go to the AWG sponsorship page for more information and email admin@awg.com.au if you have any further queries.

Cost: Talk to AWG about your idea.

What’s happening: The Rules. The Australian Writers’ Guild is proud to sponsor events, festivals, awards and programs that recognise, promote, reward and celebrate the work of screen and stage writers. They are also the proud sponsor of Best Screenplay Awards for a number of festivals and competitions. 

If your organisation would like to get in touch with the Guild regarding sponsorship, head to their AWG sponsorship page to find out what types of events and awards they sponsor, how they show their support, and what they expect from the events they sponsor. You can then download and fill out the AWG sponsorship form before sending it to admin@awg.com.au

 

Who: The Brisbane City Council

What: CREATIVE EVENTS REGISTER

Entries close: Ongoing opportunity.

Contact: For more information, email creative.communities@brisbane.qld.gov.au or call (07) 3403 8888.

Cost: NIL.

What’s happening: The Rules. The Brisbane City Council is seeking public event visionaries. Help imagine events, learn more about creative development opportunities and hear about ways to work with Council on the Creative Events Register. Receive email updates about expression of interest opportunities through the year. To register, visit http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/creativeeventsregister.

 

RADIO, FILM AND TELEVISION

Who: Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG).

What: THE 2018 JOHN HINDE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE FICTION SCREENWRITING

Entries close: 5.00 p.m. Friday, 9 August 2019.

Contact: This is a members-only competition. Each entrant will require a valid membership to proceed. The AWG’s address is: Australian Writers' Guild, Level 4, 70 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia. For more information, click here

Download the full 2019 John Hinde Award information kit, including entry guidelines HERE.

Cost: If you are not a member of the AWG, join now and they will waive the joining fee for Associates and Full Members. Joining is easy – please become a new member online. New members will need to join for a minimum of 12 months. Contact the AWG directly via email at pete@awg.com.au if you have any questions.

What’s happening:The Rules. Entries have opened for the 2019 JOHN HINDE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE FICTION SCREENWRITING and the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) is looking for exceptional Sci-Fi. The writer must be an Australian citizen or resident and the writer must be a financial member of the Australian Writers' Guild (AWG) at the time the script is submitted for entry (it is not necessary for the writer to have been a member when the script was written or performed) – see above.

Fifty years ago this month, one man far away took a small step off a spacecraft and captured the imaginations of millions. It was a moment that until then had only existed in the minds of dreamers. But much earlier than Aldrin and Armstrong, before the space race, before scientists and engineers dared to believe they could reach the moon, a man by the name of Georges Méliès had already taken us there. 

He was an illusionist and a filmmaker, and his 1902 spectacle Le Voyage Dans La Lune marks the first science fiction film in history. 

In the spirit of these intrepid sci-fi dreamers, The 2019 John Hinde Award for Excellence in Science-Fiction Writing, the richest science-fiction screenwriting award in Australia, offers $10,000 for the BEST PRODUCED SCRIPT and professional support for the BEST UNPRODUCED SCRIPT each year, seeking those who foster the creation of great science-fiction stories.

After all, at the forefront of every bold endeavour, scientific breakthrough, and thrilling ride through time and space has been a writer with a simple question: what if? So get dreaming. 
 
We’ve come a long way since Méliès’s rocket collided with the man in the moon: we’ve put people in space, imagined the dark edges of reality and even darker edges of humanity, and faced the Endgame. We’ve envisioned spectacular futures both here and away, pushed science to the limit, and created worlds that are nothing like our own but which nevertheless remind us of what it means to be human.  

Whether writers are writing stories that explore the dark edges of space or navigating loops in time, dismantling dystopian futures, robot uprisings or breaking ground on scientific discoveries, the Award seeks to encourage and reward writers who dare to look beyond the world as it is and ask questions at a time when they have never been more important. 

John Hinde began his career as a journalist and was a correspondent in the Pacific during World War II. He became a film reviewer for the ABC in 1966, working in radio before making the transition to television in 1983 and gaining a whole new generation of fans. John died in 2006 at the age of 92.

The awards were established to encourage, reward and foster creativity in the development and showcasing of science fiction writing for feature film, short film, television, radio and interactive media. They also provide an avenue for unproduced works to enter.

In the unproduced category, 2017 winner C.S. McMullen’s feature script The Other Lamb was on the Black List, Hit List and Blood List as one of Hollywood’s best unproduced scripts and is currently in post-production and produced by David Lancaster.

Stephanie Wilcox at Rumble Pictures (Drive, Whiplash) is a writer on the upcoming horror anthology series Two Sentence Horror Stories for The CW / Warner Brothers Digital and her scripts Living Metal and Awake are featured on Pathways Showcase. 2018 winner Georgina Love is developing her script Pig with professional support provided by the John Hinde Award.

The Prize: The competition is split into two separate categories: Produced and Unproduced. Each category has its own prize: $10,000 for the best produced script, and professional support for the best unproduced script submitted each year.

 

Who: Blue Draft Screenwriting Contest.

What: BLUE DRAFT SCREENWRITING CONTEST (US COMPETITION)

Entries close: Regular: 30/09/2019, Late: 30/11/2019.

Contact: For guidelines and the submission procedure visit the website at https://filmfreeway.com/BlueDraftScreenwritingContest. Notification date is 15 January 2020, and the event date from 1 May to 1 June 2020. 

Entry fees: 1. Short film – EARLY BIRD: $USD 30 (Gold Members: $USD 24), REGULAR: $USD 40 (Gold Members: $USD 32), LATE: $USD 50 (Gold Members: $USD 40).

Entry fees: 2. Digital Short Series – EARLY BIRD: $USD 30 (Gold Members: $USD 24), REGULAR: $USD 40 (Gold Members: $USD 32), LATE: $USD 50 (Gold Members: $USD 40). 

What’s happening: The Rules. The BLUE DRAFT SCREENWRITING CONTEST is open to screenwriters aged 18 and over as at 1 January 2020. This is an annual event dedicated to discovering new screenwriting talent from around the world and providing them with the opportunity to see their projects come to fruition.

Writers from all countries and nationalities are welcome to submit, and writers with a diverse background are strongly encouraged to apply. All scripts must be in English. Selected short films and short digital series scripts will be developed to completion by a team of professional filmmakers and pitched for distribution to major players in the industry. Every script submitted will get a one-page written feedback. 

  1. Create a Short Film lasting 15 minutes with an open theme.
  2. Create Digital Short Series of 8 to 10 episodes each with a length of 8 to 10 minutes.

The Prize: One Short Film and one Short Digital Series will be awarded a production deal with Blue Draft, who will partner with the writers to fully produce their film and series, and work alongside prospective distributors to find the best way to connect the finished projects with an audience.

 

Who: LaRoda Films

What: WRITEME AUSTRALIA SCREENWRITING INITIATIVE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Entries close: No closing date for submissions.

Contact: Visit http://www.writeme-australia.com and spread the word among writers of screen and print fiction.

Cost: Nil to submit.

What’s happening: The Rules. WriteMe Australia is a national program established to identify and select writers, and develop their exemplary written material with a Director, to a stage primed for screen production. The initiative aims to identify and select talented writers with extraordinary written material, and to develop that work into production-ready screenwriting to be produced by the LaRoda Films network.

WriteMe was established by Australian Director and Producer Blake Borcich, after identifying a frustratingly low volume of archetypal writing to explore and advance in his home nation. Good writing affects everybody on a film production. It is a collaborative art form through and through, and there is nothing more reassuring that one is arriving each day to work on a truly worthy filmic venture, than the strength of that core foundational brilliance – the script.

They accept complete screenplays with a treatment, as well as comprehensive concept proposals (1–3 pages). All ideas and material exchanged between all parties, from the moment of first engagement with each other, constitute intellectual property that shall remain the exclusive property of the originator.

The Opportunity: WriteMe ultimately guarantees that successful screenplays are headed right through to post-production and release by LaRoda Films. The WriteMe process involves an appointed entertainment lawyer and active liaising with the Australian Copyright Council. 

ATTENTION FILMMAKERS AND SCREENWRITERS

Are your credits accurately preserved for posterity? The Film & Broadcast Industries Oral History Group sends all filmmakers this important message.

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia – Audiovisual History Needs You

Have you worked on an Australian screen production? Do you want your correct credits to be part of Australia's historical record? If so, the Film & Broadcast Industries Oral History group encourages you to have your credits updated on the national audiovisual collection records. 

Here's how in 5 easy steps:

1. Go to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia website and click Collection.
2. Search for the production title using Easy Search, select Film or Television and click on Search
3. From the Results page, click on the entry that appears for that title searched. Once you click on the entry, you will get a page which includes ‘Title Details’
4. If you see anything incorrect or missing in the credits listed there, click on the data corrections link corrections@nfsa.gov.au at the bottom of the page to send an email with your suggested corrections
5. The NFSA Collection Information Staff will respond to your email and validate the suggested corrections. For any contradictory information received, the NFSA will retain the right to determine the authorised credits for the production.

'CLICK FOR FESTIVALS' - FILMMAKER AND SCREENWRITER ALERT

‘CLICK FOR FESTIVALS is a new tool connecting creators and festivals. The website says: 'For creators and distributors CLICK signifies the best way to reach any festival throughout the world, offering the possibility of showing their work easily, practically and economically. In the case of festivals, this is a free tool that will enable them to manage submitted films efficiently and to set optimal communication channels with both creators and juries.

'The first step is to create your account as a Director or Distributor. Next, you will receive an account verification email and from that moment, you can start uploading your films, consulting our Platform's list of Associated Festivals and submitting your work to the festivals that interest you...Film schools will enjoy the same promotions as distributors.

'CLICK FOR FESTIVALS gives the opportunity to submit a short to many festivals, or many shorts to one festival. We want you to have your submissions only one click away.’

This seems worth checking out. For more information on how it all works go to the CLICK FOR FESTIVALS website at http://www.clickforfestivals.com/associated-festivals-m.

 

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WATCHWORDS HOME

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