Northern Ireland Screen reports that the The John Brabourne Big 5 Comedy Award is a new comedy writing award to write a comedy short film script funded by the Cinema and TV Benevolent Fund, The UK Film Council and Working Title Films.
You can apply under three criteria - under-represented groups, disadvantaged individuals or transitional talent. This is to encourage new voices in cinema and to help those in need of opportunity.
Five short-listed scripts will be judged by a panel made up of:
* Kenton Allen, Big Talk Productions
* Dan Mazer, Oscar nominated writer of Borat and Bruno
* Sarah Farrell, Comedy Central
* Amelia Granger, Working Title
* Sally Caplan, the UK Film Council
The winning script will receive £1,000 as a cash prize from Working Title Films and will be made into a 35mm film directed by a well known director.
The first criteria applies to all new writers who are women, ethnic minorities, writers from the regions or any other under-represented group.
The second refers to new writers with a personal disadvantage such as long term sickness or financial disadvantage.
Transitional talent refers to writers who have worked in other disciplines such as stand up, theatre or radio who have not yet had the opportunity to work in cinema. TV writers with shared credits also qualify under this criteria, but not those who have been sole commissioned writers on shows.
All scripts must be received by Monday 22nd March 2010.