The ‘Save Our Scripts’ (SOS) Development Lab


The ‘Save Our Scripts’ (SOS) Development Lab launches its third edition with new partners and a clear focus on UK talent. Script submissions open on Monday 18 March 2013.

Run by The Bureau SOS is now searching for emerging writers and producers for the 7 month programme during which writers will develop a feature length screenplay and producers will fast track their development experience.

Creative Skillset continues its support of the training, whilst SOS welcomes new partnerships with the LondonFilmSchool, Three Mills Studios, and the Genova-Liguria Film Commission.

The programme is searching for emerging writers with confident, singular voices, and producers with clear ambition who want to build on their development skills.

The programme is built around three workshops one of which will be a residential in Genova. During the programme the writers will develop a feature length screenplay from a short outline, with the ongoing support of the SOS mentors, and their fellow participants. The producers will partake in the final two workshops, and through seminars, group discussions and project specific work, will learn a range of development skills and approaches.

SOS is based on the value of shared experience. This begins with the course mentors, but continues amongst the participants themselves, and from the programme’s exceptional guest speakers.

The programme mentors are Valentina Brazzini who is responsible for development and talent tracking at The Bureau, Tristan Goligher the producer of Weekend and currently the Executive Producer of iFeatures2, and finally Matthieu de Braconier co-producer of London River and formerly executive producer of the prestigious Cinema Extreme short film scheme.

Past speakers include Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), Joe Penhall (The Road), Hanif Kureishi (Venus), Thomas Bidegain and Pascal Caucheteux (A Prophet), and Michel Reilhac (Arte).

The Bureau commented: “We are really excited to be launching SOS for the third year. Each cycle of the programme allows us to engage and support the vast wealth of talented filmmakers that are looking for an opportunity to develop their skills. We are thrilled to have new partners on board who will aide us in ensuring this is SOS’s most successful year yet.”

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