Screen Skills Ireland Supports Expanded Script Mentorship Scheme

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Screen Skills Ireland is delighted to support Galway Film Centre on the return of Script Mentorship Scheme for 2020, which has been expanded to include a Script Editor. Now in its third cycle, the hugely successful scheme is open for aspiring screenwriters and script editors across feature film and television drama. Previous graduates of the mentorship have described it as “a perfect, unobtrusive, guiding but never prescriptive presence” and have cited the “quality of the mentors and their time and guidance” as a huge asset of the Scheme.

What Is The Mentorship?

Three emerging Writers and one Script Editor will be selected to participate on the initiative. Each will receive an award of €500 and allotted contact time with highly experienced Script Editors/Mentors from the UK and Ireland focusing on the development process. The chosen Script Editor will shadow the Mentors across the three projects throughout the scheme and will take part in one on one sessions to enhance their skills. Bespoke workshops and networking opportunities will be arranged as part of the programme. The Mentorship aims to support the development of projects but also enhance the craft, industry knowledge and network of the participants to build their future careers.

Previous Mentors include industry experts Andrew Ellard (The IT Crowd, Red Dwarf), Oona O’ Beirn (The Crown), Arielle Gottlieb (Dublin Murders, Hooten & The Lady) Keith Potter (Rare Beasts, Room), Heather Browning (Dead Still, The South Westerlies) and Lucy Ryan (Dublin Old School).

Who Can Apply?

The scheme is aimed at talent (writers and creatives interested in developing their skills in script development/editing) from and/or currently based in the WRAP* region counties of Clare, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. The scheme will endorse 50:50 gender equality, as well as encouraging diversity of voices and it also aims to nurture ideas generated and located in the region. Talents’ track records as well as the originality and boldness of the ideas submitted and the potential for development will be key criteria in selection of the candidates. Preference will be shown to potential Script Editors who have a proficiency in the Irish language.

How To Apply?

Guidelines for Writers:

  • Applicants may apply as an individual or in teams (a single award of €500 will be available per selected project).
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Students in full time education are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be from or based in one of the WRAP counties.
  • The scheme is open to ideas for a live action or animated feature film or TV series which can be produced but are not necessarily set in the WRAP counties.
  • Applicants may submit up to a maximum of two projects for consideration (only one project per applicant(s) will be selected).

Guidelines for Script Editors:

  • Applicants may apply as an individual only.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Students in full time education are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be from or based in one of the WRAP counties.
  • Applicants must demonstrate their interest and competency in the script development process (any other related education or training or relevant work experience)
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a fluency in the Irish language.

Submission Details:

Email the following information to writingmentorship@galwayfilmcentre.ie by 3pm on Friday 30th October 2020. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Submissions from Writers:

  • A one page synopsis of the idea. If your idea is for a TV series, then outline the narrative for the series. (PDF format)
  • A sample of your writing up to 15 pages (PDF format)
  • A one page CV outlining relevant experience (PDF format)
  • A personal statement of up to one page in length (PDF format)

Submissions from Script Editors:

  • A sample of your development work up to 5 pages (such as sample script notes on a project(s), sample readers report etc.) (PDF format)
  • A one page CV outlining relevant experience (PDF format)
  • A personal statement of up to one page in length (PDF format)

Please email writingmentorship@galwayfilmcentre.ie with questions or for any further information.

*WRAP refers to the Western Region Audiovisual Producer’s Fund (WRAP Fund), the €2 million regional fund which supports production in the following six counties: Clare, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo.

This scheme is run by the Galway Film Centre in association with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Screen Skills Ireland and Gréasán na Meán Skillnet