ArtsEd Opens Submissions for Award-Winning Original Screenplay Project


ArtsEd is one of Britain’s leading drama schools. Our 3rd Year BA Acting students participate in a significant amount of film work, making them highly employable in the industry. Launched in 2014, the Original Screenplay Project has gone from strength to strength. Each year a limited number of films from the project are submitted to film festivals. In 2016 we were thrilled to win the Best Comedy award at the Crystal Palace International Film Festival for Paul Houghton’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

We are delighted to invite writers to submit their scripts for the fourth season.

Shortlisted scripts will be read in a workshop situation and once the final eight scripts have been selected, writers may be required to develop or adapt their work. They will subsequently be filmed in March 2018, by a professional director and cameraman, supported by a full student crew. Each film will then be edited to broadcast standard and screened before an industry audience.

Each script should combine a clear, narrative arc with a degree of dramatic action and must also fulfil the following criteria: 

Be of 10-12 minutes duration
Be suitable for filming on a limited budget
Require a maximum of 4 simple locations and not involve difficult technical set ups i.e.: long driving scenes, period settings etc.
Tackle contemporary subject matter, both comedy and drama and be set in the last decade
Be suitable for a cast who are in their twenties, with a minimum of 3 to 4 strong roles
Avoid any extreme violence or explicit sexual content
Require a limited number of older cast or none at all ideally

All writers will be fully credited for their work, retain copyright of the script and receive a professional standard showreel of the film. We are sadly unable to offer remuneration to writers but see this as a great opportunity for a writer to have their work developed and produced in order to showcase their talents.

We will acknowledge receipt of submissions but regrettably, due to the volume of submissions we are unable to provide individual feedback. Decisions regarding shortlisting of scripts will take place after the closing date, and final scripts will be chosen by September 2017.

To submit a script for our consideration, please email a copy in PDF or Word format to and remember to include your name, contact details, and script title on the front page, together with a brief synopsis and character breakdown.

Deadline for submissions is Wednesday 24 May 2017