Intro]The BBC is looking for scripts about self-isolation in connection with the coronavirus / COVID-19, and a selected number of film ideas are to be realised as short films as early as next month: The authors of the scripts selected by the station will receive prize money.
London, 26 March 2020
The BBC Writersroom is holding a competition to find new original scripts about two to four characters in self-isolation, who connect via online video conferencing. The characters may be acquainted with each other in any way – friends, lovers, work colleagues, family or perhaps not at all – but each of them finds themselves isolated at this unique time because of the coronavirus/COVID-19.
BBC seeks scripts for short films about self-isolation
The scripts must be between five and ten minutes long and should deal with human interaction in a socially distanced world.
Anne Edyvean, Head of the BBC Writers’ Room, explains: “The BBC Writers’ Room team believes in the power of stories and storytellers to give us hope, entertain us and help us understand the world, especially at such a strange and unprecedented time as the one we are living in now”.
We want scripts that are compelling and hook us in. Ideas that have warmth and spirit, that astonish, amuse or enlighten us.
The four best scripts submitted for short films will already be produced by the BBC for its own channels next month, i.e. in April 2020, with professional actors. The authors of the realised short films will each receive 330 € for the script they have written.
Film scripts must be submitted to the BBC Writersroom website. The guidelines and conditions for submissions are also available online. All scripts for short films must be submitted to the above-mentioned web platform by 12 noon next Monday, 30 March at the latest.
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