Are you a writer concocting fiendishly fantastic ideas in the witching hours? Have you hidden away your script in the deepest darkest catacombs but are now ready to unleash it onto the unsuspecting world? We’re looking for UK writers to rival the likes of Julie Ducournau, Ti West, Jennifer Kent, Simon Barrett, Jordan Peele, Ana Lily Amirpour and David Robert Mitchell.

As an innovative addition to this year’s main event, which runs from Aug 24 - Aug 28, Horror Channel FrightFest has teamed up with international production company MPI Media and their sister production company Dark Sky Films to create NEW BLOOD, an initiative which aims to find new genre writers and nurture their projects from script to screen. This has the support of the UK’s leading film industry magazine Screen international.

The successful short listed applicants will have the opportunity to explore their ideas and scripts in a group setting under the mentorship of top industry professionals and genre experts including Travis Stevens, acclaimed producer of Starry Eyes and We Are Still Here; actor, producer and horror icon Barbara Crampton, actor / director Dominic Brunt and Giles Edwards, MPI Media’s Head Of Acquisitions & Development.

At this stage, we are only asking for log lines and a short 400-word synopsis. This is regardless of whether or not you already have written the completed screenplay.  Do not send completed screenplays.

If you don’t have a completed screenplay don’t worry and you can still apply. In this case your application can be in the form of a fully fleshed out idea.

The NEW BLOOD event will be held on morning of Thursday 24th August in a central London location.

Interested?  Good. Now read the terms and conditions first HERE. Boring we know, but important.

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