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Channel 4 / Touchpaper TV Seek New Drama Directors & Writers
25 May 2011 :
Robert Sheehan in Dip
Channel 4 and Touchpaper TV are currently accepting Coming Up drama submissions. Any writers and/or directors who have yet to have a project broadcast are invited to submit ideas for seven half hours films that Touchpaper TV will then produce for broadcast on Channel 4.

The competition, now in its tenth year, is open to Irish filmmakers and is the only scheme where emerging filmmakers have the opportunity to make an authored drama with a guaranteed network broadcast.

Commissioned by Channel 4 and produced by Touchpaper TV, the aim of the series is to create innovative and challenging films. Submitted programme ideas should allow for a limited budget (not disclosed) and a maximum of a four day shoot.

Those eligible to submit their programme ideas include writers who have not had an original single, series or serial broadcast on UK television (writers who have contributed episodes to series or serials, e.g. a long-running soap, are still eligible to apply) and directors currently without a primetime TV drama credit. However, excellence in both the above disciplines must be otherwise demonstrated to be considered in this category.

Previous Coming Up projects include last year’s ‘Dip’ starring Robert Sheehan (Misfits) and Said Mohamed and ‘Eclipse’ starring Andrew Buchan (Nowhere Boy). Submissions from multi-cultural and regionally-based filmmakers are encouraged by the organisers and application forms should be submitted by 1pm on Thursday, June 9th.

Application forms are available from www.touchpapertv.com and www.channel4.com/4talent.

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