Comedy writers! Want £10k and a chance to develop your script?

Open your ears comedy scribes, this is an opportunity you probably won’t want to miss.

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) (a UK charity for people working behind the scenes in cinema, film and television) has announced the launch of the Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme in partnership with Big Talk Productions and LOCO London Comedy Film Festival.

The programme will select four emerging writers, each of whom will receive £10,000 and participate in a personalised six-month programme of industry support as they develop a comedy feature screenplay or six-part comedy series for television – so, as far as prizes go, it’s no slouch.

And wait, there’s more. The selected participants will have their work developed by Big Talk Productions and will receive comprehensive professional support from the CTBF and LOCO. The programme will culminate in a live, fully-cast table read to an industry audience at the 6th LOCO London Comedy Film Festival, May 2017. Real foot in the door stuff!

The grant is given in honour of Betty Box and Peter Rogers, the legendary producers of the Doctor and Carry On series, and aims to discover original, exciting voices by offering a launch pad to those passionate writers who are in need of financial and industry support, and who may not otherwise have a chance to develop their craft and careers.

Barry Jenkins, OBE, President of The CTBF, said: “The Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme provides an exciting opportunity to discover those hidden gems of comedy writers who need support to realise their creative potential. Both Big Talk and LOCO are at the very forefront of the UK’s thriving comedy landscape, ideally placed to support the next wave of talent in the genre. We’re excited to see what this year’s entrants will produce, and we’re certain the programme will prove a fitting legacy for Peter and Betty – two titans of British comedy.”

Denise Hicks, Co-founder and Director of The LOCO London Comedy Film Festival added: “We are thrilled to be joining forces with the CTBF and Big Talk for the Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme, bringing together a great British comedy legacy with our brightest contemporary talents to search for and support four exciting, undiscovered comedy screenwriters. With this generous award we will be able to give our writers the funding and expertise that they need to create their very best work, and to keep British comedy fresh, surprising and, above all, funny.”

Submissions can be made between July 4 and August 26 2016, with the four chosen recipients set to be announced at a ceremony in October.

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