Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland announced that applications are now open for the TV comedy cycle of Spotlight, Screen Ireland’s flagship screenwriting talent program aimed at discovering and developing new, fresh and exciting voices.
The Spotlight 2022 program will take place in smaller thematic cycles in specific disciplines, genres and creative formats. The first round of the program will focus on television comedy.
Applications are encouraged by aspiring comedy screenwriters with experience and / or a demonstrated interest in comedy (stand-up, radio, short film, literature and digital content) and a strong idea to develop as a television pilot. The program is designed as an opportunity for new writers to develop a project with the guidance and mentorship of leading industry figures early in their writing careers.
Désirée Finnegan, Managing Director of Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland, said: “A key objective of Screen Ireland’s new strategic plan, Building For A Creative Future, is the support and development of new and emerging creative talent, focusing on emphasis on voices that represent all diversity. of modern Irish cultural life. We’re excited to launch this new iteration of Spotlight and to discover the next generation of Irish comedy writers with the program.
Up to ten participants will be selected to develop a bible and a pilot episode for a 30 minute television comedy or comedy drama series. Successful applicants will work with script editors and industry mentors throughout the duration of the program. Grants of € 10,000 for an individual or € 12,000 for teams of two or more authors will be available.
In partnership with the all-new National Talent Academy for Film and Television, new screenwriters will participate in a structured program, including a series of virtual webinars and masterclasses, as well as an industry networking event. Mentors and contributors to the program will include ITV’s Holding writers and producers Dominic Treadwell-Collins and Karen Cogan, and Extra Ordinary writers / directors team Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. .
The deadline for submissions to Spotlight 2022: TV Comedy will be 1 p.m. on Monday, January 10.
You can find the complete guidelines on the new Spotlight writing program and how to apply. here.