The Burry Man Writers Center

resources for a worldwide community of writers


 Film & television writing, funding and contests ($ = fee)

ABC New Talent Development a continuing feature film and television writing fellowship program from Disney Studios
The Action/Adventure Screenwriting Page
Anything But Hollywood Screenwriting Competition $
Australian Film Commission Competitions
Australian Film Commission Funding Opportunities
Backstage Writers Callboard
British Short Screenplay Competition
Canadian Television Fund grant guidelines
Chesterfield Writer's Film Project prestigious screenwriting fellowship based at Paramount Pictures
CineStory screenwriter's organization that works in depth with emerging screenwriters
DNA Festival of Very, Very, Very Short Plays and Films
Done Deal Pro latest script competitions
Filmbase/RT Short Film Awards award scheme for filmmakers in Ireland. The awards provide funding for six short films a year with application deadlines falling on the last Friday in January and June.
From Fade In through Fade Out two complete online books about the essential elements of the craft of screenwriting
Funding Sources for Film/Video Projects from the Fund for Women Artists
How to Make Movies from BBC Channel 4
How to Write a Movie an online book about the basics of screenplays
How to Write a Screenplay from the BBC
ITVS International Call funding for American public television by non-American producers Feb 1, 2008 deadline
Moonstone International Screen Labs a unique opportunity for feature film writers to explore and develop their projects with the collaboration of expert Advisors
Moviebytes an updated list of screenplay contests
Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting international competition open to screenwriters who have not earned more than $5,000 writing for film or television $
Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship Program a full-time position for a year Feb 28 deadline
One-In-Ten Screenplay Competition at least one of the primary characters in the screenplay be gay or lesbian, and that gay and lesbian characters must be portrayed positively $
Open Door Screenplay Competition from scr(i)pt magazine $
The Routine Autopsy: A Guide for Screenwriters and Novelists
Screenwriters Festival
scr(i)pt Magazine particularly useful articles about the scripting process

Scripters World free, self-paced program to help the would be screenwriter learn the craft
Scriptunities free newsletter for competitions, script calls and other opportunities in the UK and Europe
Scriptwriting Secrets an online book about the basics
Slamdance SlamFi Screenplay Competition $
Syd Field the legendary screenwriting teacher with his own site including online courses
Telefilm Canada check the funds & programs section
The Television Transcript Project read the script, learn the format
Tips for Writing Low-budget Scripts
UK Film Council's Script Development Fund
Winfemme monthly script contest by/for/about women
Withoutabox free registration for a plethora of screenwriting competitions
Wordplay the co-author of Aladdin and The Mask of Zorro shares his secrets for writing a screenplay - highly recommended
Write Movies check the contest listings $
Writer's Digest International Screenplay Competition
Writers Guild of America East Signatory Agents & Agencies- on-line version of its list of agencies representing film, television, and interactive writers. Don't get ripped off.
Written Word Midwest Screenwriter and Playwright Contest $
The Writers Room hints, tips and submission guidelines from the BBC - also check BBC Talent for new writer schemes

 Script Formatting

A Few Notes on Formatting article from AMPAS
FilmGIMP free open source painting and image retouching program designed  for film work -- Mac, Linux and Windows
How to Format a Screenplay
Reformatting Previously Written But Badly Formatted Screenplays a long name for a Word doc template from the Chicago Media Works film company
Screenplay Format advice from Charles Deemer
Screenplay Format from scriptfrenzy
Screenplay Stylesheet for Mac free software add-in
Screenwriting Formats how it looks and why
ScriptBuddy web-based screenwriting program, write and print properly formatted movie screenplays for free
Scriptsmart Formats free templates for film, television and radio scripts, from the BBC
ScriptMaker and Storyboard Tools free program for authoring screenplays for film
Scriptwriters Toolkit free Word templates for screen, stage and radio plays
SimplyScripts links to free movie and tv scripts
Sitcom Writers Formats
Tools & Utilities for Filmmakers script formats, shot lists, call sheets, storyboard tools, contracts and releases
Zhura free, online scriptwriting software


 Film & Television Resources

Ain't It Cool News gossip and news from the world of movies
American Screenwriters Association
Atlanta Screenwriters Group
Box Office Guru stats on how movies did and projects in development
Bristol Screenwriters
The British Film Commission
Calendar of Workshops, Conferences and Seminars oddly enough for an online resource, absolutely no links, but lots of addresses in really small print
Cinematter movie release dates from now "to the end of time"
Coming Soon new movies, games and books on the horizon
Creative Screenwriting Magazine
Danske dramatikeres forbund (Denmark)
Drew's Script-o-rama the best way to learn script format is to read one
Edinburgh Film Focus film commission for Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Scottish Borders
Euroscript offers support and distance learning material to help EU screenwriters develop scripts and run screenwriters groups
Exposure a site for beginner filmmakers - not really a writer's site, but a good look at how low-budget films are made
FilmBaby excellent resource ... the CDBaby of film
Film Bureau Locator worldwide dates and info for international fests
Film Festivals of the World including student films and video
FilmLIVE Scotland's independent film network
FilmMakers Magazine check the Contests page
Film Stew movie and television industry news
Film Underground sometimes you have to know the process before you can do the work
Foreign searchable database of films
Glasgow Film Office
Independent Women Filmmakers
Inside Film Online listings of international film festivals
International Festivals more than 500 international film, television and video festivals
The Internet Movie Database everything you need to know about more than 170,479 movies
Internet Movie Script Database read before you write
Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild archive of Jewish film, with listings of film festivals
Movie Making Manual a Wiki compendium of knowledge
Movie Mistakes just so you can avoid them
MRQE the Movie Review Query Engine, find worldwide reviews
Musicals 101 cyber encyclopedia of musical theatre, TV and film
Offscreen film news from Canada
Praxis Centre for Screenwriters non-profit organization devoted to the professional development of Canadian screenwriters and filmmakers
Raindance indie tips, news, jobs and resources for the independent filmmaker and writer
Reading a Film Sequence an esoteric but fascinating look at film structure
Scenario Dutch site about writing screenplays
Scottish Screen promoting and developing all aspects of film, television and multimedia in Scotland - an intense wealth of information
Screentalk: Screenwriting International articles about the craft and business of screenwriting, interviews, complete scripts to show proper format, and more
Screenwriters Heaven links and info for the movie writer in you
Screenwriters Utopia an online magazine
Shooting People email network for anyone working in independent film in the UK
Simply Scripts scripts, screenplays, and transcripts of movies, television and Radio Shows
Socit des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatique (France) film, theater, television and radio
The Stage venue, production and job information for UK theatre
Student Film Orlando crew positions, news and more
Tools and Utilities for Filmmakers if you're doing an independent production, or want to know what's involved -- sample contracts, releases, call sheets and formatting software, from the Dependent Film production company
The Commercial Closet gay and lesbian life portrayed in television advertising
UK Screen promoting film makers, crew, actors, media companies, and musicians
Union desScnaristes du Cinma, de la Tlvision et du Multimdia (France)
Women in Film founded in 1973 to promote women in the film industry, including interviews, articles and a job bank
The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations the travel guide to film locations
Writers Guild of Canada