Monday, September 20, 2010

The £5,000 “Inspired by Science” Treatment Award

The London Screenwriters Festival and the Wellcome Trust have launched the “Inspired by Science” Treatment Award - a £5,000 prize to be given to a writer to enable them to develop their idea further.
The aim of the award is to encourage the development of drama that engages its audience in the area of science and society by supporting new proposals for film, television or other broadcast media that are inspired by the field of biomedicine.

Writers are encouraged to submit proposals for original drama projects suitable for a potential UK production and broadcast.

The “Inspired by Science” Award is open to all writers who are resident in the UK. 10 shortlisted entrants will receive complimentary invitations to attend the London Screenwriters Festival in October. If any delegate has paid for their ticket this will be refunded. The Award winner will be announced at a special session during the Festival itself.

The winner will receive:
  • £5,000 to develop their project.
  • An informal association with the Wellcome Trust to include individual editorial and/or practical assistance over a period of 6 months tailored to the individual winner.
  • Additional assistance to research their biomedical area of interest through scientific experts and research including access to the Wellcome library.
All entries should be received no later than 12 noon Friday 15th October 2010.
Any entries received after this date will be ineligible.
Finalist will be annouced on Friday 22nd October 2010
Full details are on the London Screenwriters' Festival website.

You don't have to buy a ticket for the Festival to enter, but if you do want to go, remember that Writers' Guild members can get a discount of £75.

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