Next year I am planning to make a low budget feature film and I am inviting submissions. It’s time to get back on set!
The emphasis here is low budget and we ALL need to go into this with our eyes wide open. There will be rewrites, collaboration and plenty of compromise. Money will be in VERY short supply and where possible be spent on-screen.
I am looking for genre films with the exception of comedy. That’s not to say your script can’t be funny. Very funny even. It’s just not an outright comedy. I hope you can understand this distinction.
If your submission makes it past our first round, you MAY get a script report from us. The team at the London Screenwriters’ Festival is enrolled into this mammoth task.
We plan to share all our reports with the writers who advance for further consideration.
That said, this is NOT a promise to do so. And if I regret making this offer, for any reason, I will withdraw it.
We will also need a cracking one liner and synopsis / one pager from you. So have that ready BEFORE you submit.
Consider your title too, it’s our very first impression of your work.
What we are looking for…
- Genre script (any except comedy, but can include funny scripts)
- 100 pages or fewer
- Own 100% of copyright / IP
- Limited characters and locations (deigned for low budget)
- Set in present-ish day (no period settings)
- Submissions must be PDF (text)
- Logline and short synopsis included (text)
- Your name and email on the cover sheet
- THERE IS NO DEADLINE, we will close submissions when we find the script we want to make.
Who we are looking for…
- Writers who will collaborate on inevitable rewrites
- Writers who want to stay involved in the entire process and support it
- Writers who are fast and enjoy the process
- Writers who have a team spirit, contribute and will prove to be problems solvers and not problem creators.
So the money won’t be good. It may even be so little as to be near zero. If that’s the case, you will be standing alongside everyone else, including myself, not getting paid.
This is an opportunity for a writer who wants to go through the process of production, collaboration and even beyond into sales if they want. It’s an opportunity to learn by doing.
It’s also a credible opportunity to get produced.
I stress I am promising little more than a credit, the opportunity for experience, to get produced and to inevitably make new relationships. Again eyes wide open here, as are mine.
OK so if you are buzzing at this opportunity you can start your submission process HERE…
Onwards and upwards!
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Hi Chris. Thanks for this great opportunity! Is there a deadline to apply?
We will close submissions when we find the right script and writer.
Sorry to not offer a date and a moveable goalpost instead.
Can you submit more than one script? (Wish I’d seen this portion of the page before now)
Yes you can
I was so blown away with your approach to the funding of Gone Fishing. I have never believed that anything is achieved by lowering standards, which is probably why I haven’t got very far!!!.
I’ve got a first draft for you….not quite right…..but almost written….
Hi Chris, My husband follows you on Facebook and is interested in submitting his screenplay. Can you tell us how we can do this? Low budget under 100 pages. Is there a fee and where to submit it?
There is no fee. This is a script call, not a contest. It is open to all – everyone, everywhere. All that we ask is that you submit a feature-length script (sorry, but no TV pilots or shorts) for a film that could be made on a micro-to-low budget. That means less than 4 locations, small cast, not period, etc.
I have a ten-page short, adapted from a Phillip K Dick short-story in the public domain with 4 characters and one location–a house. It’s set in the 1960’s–I could probably update for the present–is this too period?
P James Norris
Sorry, this is a script call for a feature-length script that can be made into a film on a micro-to-low budget.
Sounds great though!