The Hidden Beast Award is the chance to win script development and then production of your short film script in collaboration with Gentle Beasts and our friends at Rio Cinema, Raindance and Nice Biscuits. This is an award worth £4000 that will be invested to produce the winning script. The winner will also receive a £1000 voucher to redeem on Raindance filmmaking courses.

It is an exciting opportunity for a writer wanting to get their work produced and screened. This award is open to all writers from under-represented backgrounds. Gentle Beasts champion diversity and inclusion – so if you feel that your voice is not being represented on screen then we would love to read your script. Gentle Beasts wants to celebrate coming out of lockdown by offering a fantastic award to an emerging and under-represented script writer.

Even beasts have rules:

Submissions should be no longer than 15 pages ( scripts will not be read if they are over this page limit).

Gentle Beasts is looking to produce a short film which is no longer than 15 minutes.

The main award consists of development, production and screening of the winning script. We will also want to put this film forward for film festivals around the world. It will be screened at the historic Rio Cinema in Dalston along with any other film work we have made that year before going on to do its own film festival circuit. The film will be streamed on the Raindance Player and the winner will also receive a £1000 voucher to redeem on Raindance courses and a digital pass to the Raindance Film festival.

There are four runner up prizes, which includes one to one development workshops with a Script Editor and digital passes to the Raindance Film Festival.

Eligibility: Anyone from an under-represented background. This can be down to gender, race, sexuality etc. We are especially keen to hear from those from a lower socio-economic background

What you get: £4,000 funding award to get their short film script developed, produced and then screened before going on to do a film festival circuit


Deadline: 20/08/2021 12:00 am (Timezone: Etc/GMT+12)

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