Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland have announced the launch of a new scheme aimed at discovering and developing fresh and exciting screenwriting talent in Ireland.

Spotlight is intended as an opportunity for new writers at the very beginning of their careers.to develop a feature film screenplay, with guidance and mentorship from leading industry figures.

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Successful applicants will be assigned a script editor and receive a development loan of up to €8,000 for an individual or up to €10,000 for teams of two or more individuals, as well as participating an industry showcase at the end of the scheme, which will connect participants with industry contacts and develop opportunities for their career. Additionally, the new writers will have access to an industry mentor over several months as part of a structured mentoring programme offered through Screen Skills Ireland. This new initiative follows on from the success of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland's recent New Writing Scheme. 

"Supporting new and innovative talent through rigorous development is a cornerstone of Screen Ireland," says Eimear Markey, Development Executive with Screen Ireland. "The success of last year's New Writing Scheme made for a natural evolution into Spotlight.  We look forward to collaborating with Screen Skills on this initiative."

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With a commitment to developing projects which are inclusive and representative of modern Ireland, Screen Ireland are strongly encouraging applications from those with diverse voices and underrepresented backgrounds.

Spotlight opens for applications on 1st October - the deadline for submissions will be Friday, 1st November. Find out more here.