Northern Exposure: Short Film Script Lab
Applications open for the 2019 edition

Our collaborative script development programme returns for another year.

The Northern Exposure: Short Film Script Lab is back, taking place this year from July - October. Applications to take part are open now. The Script Lab is an opportunity for up to ten emerging writers to develop a short film from an early idea to a completed script in a supportive, inspiring environment.

Our 2019 cohort will be split into two groups depending on their location and will attend regular development sessions held in Leeds and Liverpool. Workshops will be facilitated by Film Hub North's BFI NETWORK Talent Executives Amy O'Hara and Roxy McKenna, who will lead peer-to-peer sharing and feedback sessions as well as providing individual guidance and notes on writers' developing work.

As well as progressing their script on the page, Script Lab participants will also have the chance to see their work performed live at a rehearsed reading event for an audience of industry figures and members of the public. The course will culminate with a Meet Market event at Aesthetica Short Film Festival where Lab writers will meet UK producers and festival delegates in a series of 1-2-1 meetings to showcase their finished script and discuss developing their project further.

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Participation in the Northern Exposure: Short Film Script Lab is free and open to writers working in any creative discipline who have an idea for a short film under 15 minutes in length. Participants must be able to commit to attending a range of writing workshops, development sessions and industry events, as well as completing assigned writing work in-between lab meetings. Writers can attend Script Lab sessions in either Leeds or Liverpool depending on their preference - in certain circumstances, we may be able to contribute to travel costs to support participant attendance. 

More details on the Script Lab, eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found in the Programme Guidelines.

Read the Programme Guidelines

The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Monday, 17 June. Applicants will be notified in the week commencing 1 July. If you have any queries about the programme or your application, please contact our BFI NETWORK team at: