Writer of Children’s Media wins prize at Special BAFTA Showcase
Winning screenwriter, Ben Weiner, to receive trip to MIP Junior, supported by The London Book Fair
Following a spellbinding showcase of three emerging screenwriters’ scripts at the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Showcase: Children’s Media on Saturday (24 September), Ben Weiner was chosen to attend MIP Junior, supported by The London Book Fair.
All three children’s media screenwriters who were chosen to take part in the public showcase; Ben Weiner, Andy Gilchrist and Stephen Sunderland, saw extracts from their unpublished scripts performed live by professional actors at BAFTA headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London.
After the showcase, The London Book Fair in partnership with BAFTA and Rocliffe, chose Ben Weiner to attend the influential MIP Junior Conference. He will receive a hosted trip and full delegate pass to the MIP Junior international children’s programming market in Cannes in October, where he will receive extensive industry introductions and networking opportunities, organised by The London Book Fair.
The showcase is a special iteration of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition, a long-running initiative which aims to give a platform to undiscovered screenwriters and help them to develop their careers. This is the third year that BAFTA and Rocliffe have worked with The London Book Fair to support writers for children.
Helen Blakeman, Chair of the BAFTA Children’s Committee said: “We are absolutely delighted to have found such outstanding writers through this year’s BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition, reaffirming just how much creative talent there is in our children’s media industry. We are excited to see what the future holds for Ben Weiner and hope that all our finalists benefit from the experience and insights they have gained from our industry experts.”
Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair, said: “We’re delighted to be working with BAFTA and Rocliffe to recognise all three screenwriters and in particular Ben Weiner, who is an exciting talent for screen writing for children. His showcase today was brilliant and thought-provoking. We look forward to taking him with us to MIP Junior Cannes in October to meet influencers from across the children’s programming industry, and to giving him the opportunity to take part in our screenwriting masterclass at The London Book Fair 2017, which we’re very excited about.”
This year’s showcase was chaired by BAFTA-winning writer Ben Ward (Danger Mouse,Horrible Histories, Gigglebiz) and Sarah Muller, Creative Director of Scripted, Animation and Co-Productions at CBBC, who will critique and provide feedback on the three winning scripts, as well as sharing insights into their own working process. The finalists also received a full year’s access to BAFTA events and workshops, industry introductions and a bespoke career planning and profile building session to provide support in navigating the industry.
Farah Abushwesha, Founder of Rocliffe, said: “It’s wonderful to see this third incarnation and the paths that those writers who have gone before have forged. To know the industry has come together to select these three new voices and the potentially career changing doors that may now open for them is hugely exciting.”
Biographies and project synopses of Ben Weiner:
Ben Weiner – Mirror Worlds Synopsis: After opening and travelling through a gateway between worlds, mother and son team, Penny and Albie navigate the fantastical Mirror Worlds trying to get back home.
Ben grew up and lives in London, but has travelled in China, Taiwan, France and India. As a writer, he has benefited from training courses at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and the Script Factory and developed a feature script as part of the NFTS development diploma. Current projects include a feature script based in the Scottish Highlands, a children’s TV fantasy adventure series, a TV comedy series about the colourful characters of the 1970s Tennis Tour, and a spoken word piece to be broadcast as part of a series of monologues by up‐and‐coming writers.
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