IT STARTSWITH A STORY
In 2021 YFF is taking its Residency to the next level. It will offer seven new screenwriters the opportunity to write a TV drama, comedy or feature film script commissioned by one of seven broadcasters over a year long programme from June 2021 to July 2022.
They will be mentored throughout the programme by a leading industry professional who will support them through the script commissioning process. Between June 2021 and April 2022 they will work with this commissioner as well as participating in online monthly masterclasses and writing sessions with inspiring experts for a period of nine months.
The programme culminates in a week-long residency in Skye in May 2022. Here, armed with a first draft script, participants will meet their commissioner and mentor in person as well as other experienced Film and TV writers, directors and producers. Over a week, their scripts will be discussed, interrogated and transformed.
Dynamic group sessions, with actors and an experienced director, will be run in the studio to help the writers understand how their projects will fit into the wider production process with practical acting, directing and editing workshops.
The evenings will consist of networking opportunities, film screenings and project work. We plan to offer mentors and participants the exceptional hospitality Skye has to offer, not least as guests of the Torabhaig Distillery.
With our third edition of the residency, it is the first year that major broadcasters in the UK will be contributing a script commission fee to each of our participants, allowing the writer to experience a 360° commissioning journey.