First Light and The Script Factory are looking for young film writers, producers and directors to take part in a Screenwriting and Development Lab in London during July. The Lab has been specially designed to support emerging writers, producers and directors to learn about the craft of screenwriting and are particularly interested in hearing from applicants currently under-represented across the filmmaking sector in the UK: women, young people from BME backgrounds and those with disabilities.
Taught by screenwriting and script development experts, the three-day workshop in Central London will consist of informal lecture sessions, film clips, and practical exercises. It will also offer sessions with current industry practitioners that will focus upon short films and low budget features, alongside agents, producers and a working screenwriter as well as a guest from the world of commissioning TV drama. Successful applicants to the scheme will examine the role of screenwriters and developers and discuss the principles of structuring a screen story. There will also be opportunities for participants to pitch their projects to professionals and receive feedback from the trainers.
First Light works with young people from a variety of backgrounds, developing skills in media production. They identify and nurture talented young people and enable them to achieve their potential through targeted training activities. Working closely with their industry partners, they are able to offer realistic progression routes for young people to find employment within the creative sector.
First Light is supported by the National Lottery through the BFI.