November 2015
Rocliffe and BAFTA are thrilled to announce the results of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum - Film 2015 script call.

Finalists Anthony Khaseria, Georgia Lester and Mark Eccleston have been selected by our industry panels to have their work showcased at BAFTA.

The showcase will take place at 7pm on the 2nd December at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly where the three finalists' work will be performed by professional actors and critiqued by BAFTA-nominated industry guests screenwriter Olivia Hetreed and producer Andy Paterson. It is a fantastic chance for all writers to network and see the finalist's extracts performed.

Tickets are available on BAFTA's website here.

Two panels of film professionals from the UK helped select the winning entrants, including leading independent executives, agents, writers and producers. See who was on the jury

In addition to the showcase event, the finalist writers will also receive access to bespoke industry networking opportunities and development workshops and events.

More about the finalists and their projects:

The Haul by Anthony Khaseria
When a teenage boy goes offshore fishing with his father for the first time, they catch something which causes a profound change in his beliefs.

Anthony grew up in Windsor but has lived in Paris, Edinburgh, Brighton and Oregon, USA. He holds a BA honours degree in English and an MA in Screenwriting. His narratives often contain playful elements with unexpected set-ups and twists and he is currently developing several feature film scripts, a sitcom and a short film script. His short Reflections won the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014. No one in his family has worked in the film industry before but reading film magazines and scripts as a child inspired him to write for the screen. Anthony has a part-time admin job which gives him time to write and has recently started working as a freelance script reader. 

Mules by Georgia Lester
Three female friends escape their mundane reality for a summer in Magaluf, but their desperation for adventure leads them into a drug smuggling ring.

Georgia started writing in the Skins writers room at the age of 18, pretending to be a cool teenager. Her improvised tales of drinking and drugs must have impressed because she remained on the Skins team for five years, writing four episodes. Georgia became the youngest ever writer on Hollyoaks at 19 and has written 20 episodes. She also wrote an episode of E4's Youngers. In 2014, Georgia spent 3 months in New York, story producing E4's structured reality show Taking New York, learning what ‘some scenes have been constructed for your entertainment’ actually means.

Talk To The Animals by Mark Eccleston
The true shambolic story behind Doctor Dolittle, the film that bankrupted Fox, ruined Rex Harrison's marriage and nearly killed its heroic producer Arthur P. Jacobs.

For the past 12 years Mark has been a full-time broadcast and print film critic, working for every major radio and TV network plus numerous magazines and websites. Before that was a meandering career including BBC journalist, producer, world correspondent, travel reporter, TV presenter and voice over artist. The writing credits cover TV sketch comedy, documentaries, an Afternoon Drama The Third Eye and the Private Eye on BBC Radio 4 and an award-winning short film. His killer estate agent thriller Dirty Deeds was long-listed in the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum TV Drama 2014 script call.
The BAFTA Rocliffe Forum List gives agents, producers, industry executives and directors an opportunity to discover new writing talent. To contact any of the listed writers, simply email us with your details and we will connect you with the writers.

Alongside the finalists on the Forum List - Film 2015 are the following two projects which received at least four recommendations from our industry panels:

Deceit by Marko Fuchs
Sam has done his time, but his troubled past won't let him go. Deceit and mistrust ultimately lead his family to the brink of destruction.

The Savages by Diane Taylor-Karrer
The residents of a suburban street come to blows when the body of an asylum seeker lands across a disputed boundary between two neighbouring households.

The Forum Lists for FilmTV Drama, Comedy and Writing For Children are also available on the Rocliffe website:
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