channel 4’s Coming Up applications are now open

30, April 2010

I’ve been waiting to hear when this was going to come around again, so thanks to David Bishop over at Vicious Imagery for the heads up on this on.

I applied for Channel 4’s Coming Up scheme last year and plan to do so again this year. Entries close on the 9th June 2010 (by post). You have just over a month to get your entries in, so get cracking!


COMING UP is the only talent scheme currently in the UK where emerging film-makers have the opportunity to make an authored drama with a guaranteed network broadcast.  Now in its tenth year, Channel 4 and Touchpaper TV, part of the RDF Media Group, continue their commitment to innovation, experimentation and new voices.

We will make seven eye-catching, innovative and challenging films from the best fresh talent in the UK.  Each film will be for a half-hour C4 slot and we are looking for:

Bold, original and surprising ideas with strong voices – unafraid of ambition, wit, urgency and fearless entertainment.

Films that can be shot in 4 days on a limited budget

THIS IS NOT AN ENTRY LEVEL SCHEME – BUT FOR WRITERS AND DIRECTORS BUILDING A TRACK RECORD AND A CAREER IN FILM AND TELEVISION DRAMA.  Submissions from multi-cultural and nations and regions-based filmmakers are encouraged.

WRITERS: This scheme is open to all 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 eligible to apply.

DIRECTORS: The scheme is open to directors without a primetime TV drama credit.

WRITER / DIRECTORS: We will accept submissions from Writer/Directors (as above), but excellence in BOTH disciplines must be shown to be considered in this category.


1pm on Wednesday 9th June 2010

N.B. Submission is by post only

Note for the writers out there, the minimum you have to submit is a synopsis/pitch for your half hour film plus a writing sample (either the script you are pitching or another sample of your writing), so as long as you’ve got a kick-ass idea and a sample there’s no excuse not to enter.


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