On 26th and 27th March 2011, students from the Scriptwriting programmes at Bournemouth University will be holding the inaugural Southern Script Festival which looks to encourage, inspire and support not only students, but all writers looking to hone their skills in writing and networking.

Workshops, seminars and debates will take place across the two days, where we hope many names from the world of writing, directing and producing will come and lend their pearls of wisdom to those still finding their way.

This new two-day festival is organised and led by students at Bournemouth University studying BA (Hons) Scriptwriting for Film and Television, MA Screenwriting and MA Writing for the Media.  With a student-centred focus, the Southern Script Festival will provide an opportunity for emerging scriptwriters to enhance their abilities, be informed of current trends in screenwriting education, and to encourage a strong relationship between scriptwriting courses and the media industry in the South of England.

What’s On?
The weekend will include guest speakers and panellists, including:

Serena Cullen, former Head of Development for BBC Drama Series who now runs her own production company with a range of TV, film and online output;
Fay Rusling, The Green Wing, Smack the Pony;
Robin Mukherjee, EastEnders, Casualty, The Royal et al., who will talk about his latest drama project for CBBC, Combat Kids;
Dr Shaun Kimber, who will chair a spotlight on low budget UK horror movies;
Chris Jones, guerrilla filmmaking expert;
Christopher Hill, Skins;
Lucy V Hay, of Bang2Write fame;
Danny Stack, EastEnders, The Red Planet Pictures Prize;
Dr Craig Batty, who will lead a discussion on the Screenwriting PhD.

There will be an opportunity for delegates to sign up for a 15-minute session with a panel of industry professionals to present a 5-minute pitch and receive feedback.  A networking evening will provide further opportunities to ‘meet the professionals’ and fellow delegates.  Competitions will include short scripts for screen and radio.

The festival will take place at Bournemouth University, in the new Kimmeridge House suite. The venue boasts several large workshop and seminar facilities along with two large lecture halls.

Refreshments (buffet lunch, tea/coffee etc.) will be provided on both days, and are included in the ticket price.  Full Price £50 (early bird £40) per day, and Students £20 (early bird £15) per day.

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