Script Mentorship

Up to eight emerging Writers and two Script Editors will be selected to participate on the National Talent Academy for Film and Television (NTA Film & TV) mentorship. 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 Editors will shadow a Mentor 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 with a strong focus on enhancing 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).

Dates/Duration: December 2021 – May 2022

Cost: Free

The mentorship is aimed at talent (writers and creatives interested in developing their skills in script development or script editing) who are either habitually based in the regions (outside Dublin and Wicklow) or who identify as diverse. Track record 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. 

The NTA Film & Television opportunities are open to all regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability. Please see our diversity and inclusion policy for further details. 

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.
  • The mentorship is open to ideas for a live action feature film or TV series which can be produced but are not necessarily set in the regions. 
  • Projects may be produced in any language, but the application should be submitted in Irish or English. Mentorship will be delivered through English.
  • 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 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 info@nationaltalentacademy-film-tv.ie by 3pm on Friday the 11th February 2022. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

 

Submissions from Writers:

  • Completed application form
  • 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 of up to 15 pages (PDF format)
  • A one page CV outlining relevant experience (PDF format)
  • A personal statement detailing how the mentorship will support your career progression (up to one page in length (PDF format)

 

Submissions from Script Editors:

  • Completed application form
  • 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 detailing how the mentorship will support your career progression (up to one page in length (PDF format)

 

Selection Process:

Applications will be assessed by a panel of industry experts. 

Further Information

Please email info@nationaltalentacademy-film-tv.ie with questions or for any further information.

 

The NTA Film & TV Script Mentorship is delivered by the Galway Film Centre in association with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, National Talent Academy for Film and TV, Gréasán na Meán Skillnet and the WRAP Fund.

 

The National Talent Academy for Film and TV is an initiative of Screen Ireland managed by the Galway Film Centre.