The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) on Thursday 15 October announced a new training initiative funded by Skillset - The Story Works.
The Story Works is a high-level screenwriting initiative aimed at experienced screenwriters which will be delivered by the triumvirate partnership of story editor Kate Leys as project director, producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey as creative advisors, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
The programme is for ten experienced British screenwriters and will run for a year from March 2010. At the centre of the initiative is a residential week of masterclasses for participants with A-list screenwriters and film practitioners. The residential week will run immediately prior to the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2010 so that all participants can also attend the EIFF. Over the year, participants will have the chance to work with an experienced mentor on their chosen script or feature film idea and there will also be several further masterclass and group sessions held in London.
Submissions are now invited and participants will be confirmed early next year. Writers experienced in other media such as theatre will also be considered as long as they have feature screenplay ideas in development.
For more information visit the EIFF website.