Apply now to win – amazing women’s scriptwriting initiative at Thousand Films

Women scriptwriters competition on Title Sussex Magazine Image: Mohamed Hassan

If, like almost the entire country, you’ve been watching Fleabag and thinking wow, women really can write good stuff and get it made (eyeroll), so maybe there’s a chance for me… well here is one of those chances.

Thousand Films is offering a really groundbreaking opportunity for a female scriptwriter to help bridge the gap between talented women writers and the film industry.

The win includes working with Killing Eve producer Sid Gentle Films, an intensive TV industry boot-camp hosted by the National Film and Television School, an all-expenses paid trip to the Edinburgh TV Festival including accommodation and full delegate passes, and a whole bunch of other stuff. Link for full details at the end.


You need to identify as female, be over 16, NOT have agency representation. The script must be for a pilot episode of a TV drama or comedy in any genre except for children’s programmes.

All the scripts are read by a qualified script developer, and will be judged by a panel of TV experts. And then Thousand Films will pick up the winners and look to develop them and offer training. After the Thousand Films training program, Sid Gentle Films Ltd will work with a selection of the writers on their original ideas, or on other projects on the Sid Gentle development slate.

Female writers account for less than 14 percent of all drama and comedy currently written for prime time television

According to the Writers Guild of Great Britain, female writers account for less than 14 percent of all drama and comedy currently written for prime time television. “Sid Gentle wants to take action in addressing this and our mission is to not only kick-start the careers of talented writers, but to add fresh voices to the industry at large,” said Sally Woodward Gentle, executive producer and founder of Sid Gentle Films Ltd.

For full details and how to enter etc head to the Thousand Film competition page. And let us know how you get on.

Entries in by 31 April 2019 – good luck!