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Are you a producer looking to strengthen your development skills?
Are you a writer with an idea for a feature length film?

The SOS development lab is scouting Europe to find the screenwriters and producers of tomorrow. Following the success of the SOS 2010 Development programme The Bureau film company will be running the programme for a second year, through 2011.

SOS is an opportunity for writers and producers to meet and collaborate in a uniquely creative environment. As well as developing specific scripts, and building development skills the scheme aims to connect emerging writers and producers from all over Europe. SOS will run from April to December 2011 and contains three residential workshops in different European countries, and virtual script meetings.

SOS For Writers
Writers on the programme will develop a feature length script from a one page idea. This is done through intensive workshops that feature industry professionals, development support from the SOS mentors, and structured input from the producer participants, and writing peers.

SOS for Producers
Producers on the programme will build their development skills. The workshops will feature industry professionals from whom the producer will learn development tools, and new ways of approaching this creative process. Moreover the producers will have an invaluable opportunity to expand their experience by working with the six scripts being written on the programme.

SOS is delivered by Tristan Goligher, Valentina Brazzini, and Matthieu de Braconier. In its inaugural year SOS featured talks from writers and filmmakers including Simon Beafuoy (Slumdog Millionaire), Hanif Kureshi (Venus), Thomas Bidgeain & Pascal Caucheteux (A Prophet), Bertrand Faivre (Farewell), and Yannick Kergoat (Days Of Glory). The programme also included talks from industry figures such as Michel Reilhac (Arte), Clare Crean (The Works International) and An Rydant (VMMA).

The call for entries is now open and will close on 31th January 2011. For more information, such as eligibility and fees, go to www.saveourscripts.com, or email sos@thebureau.co.uk with any queries. You can also join us at our facebook page (Save Our Scripts).

SOS was founded by The Bureau Film Company in 2010, and is drawing to the end of its first year. In that time the programme has worked with 16 writers, and 6 producers, from a broad range of European countries. The Bureau is an award winning UK production company. The company’s filmography includes films such as Unmade Beds by Alexis Dos Santos, London River by Rachid Bouchareb, Spies by Nicolas Saada, and The Warrior by Asif Kapadia. The Bureau also has a long track record of nurturing new talent. From working with first time directors, through to managing the UK’s prestigious Cinema Extreme on behalf of Film4 and the UK Film Council. The SOS scheme is supported by MEDIA and SKILLSET.