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Books To Screen

The opportunity for three selected authors to team up with screenwriters and pitch their book adaptations to producers and broadcasters at the Byron Writers Festival.

About the program

Books to Screen is a joint initiative between Byron Writers Festival and Northern Rivers Screenworks. The program aims to bring together authors and screenwriters with mentors and industry professionals to support them in jointly developing Australian book-to-screen projects and pitching them to screen producers and broadcasters.

Please note: 2016 Applications are now CLOSED. Subscribe to our e-newsletter for updates on 2017 applications.

Who is it for

Books to Screen is open to published authors who either reside within the Northern Rivers region or include strong associations with the region through their chosen work. Authors don’t have to become screenwriters to participate. With the support of a screenwriting partner and under the direction of a screen industry mentor, the program will assist authors to develop their work to a screenplay that can be considered by broadcasters and producers.

How does it work

The program is split into three stages.

1. Book Adaptation Submission

Published authors are invited to submit book adaptation expressions of interest. A panel of judges will select a short list of up to ten books considered most suitable for potential screen adaptation.

2. Screenwriter pitch

Selected screenwriters will pitch for the opportunity to collaborate with the short listed authors on developing full adaptation proposals.

3. Mentorship, adaption and producer pitch

Three author/screenwriter teams will be selected and mentored through an intensive clinic with screen industry professionals, to develop the book adaptations to screen plays. These screenplays will be pitched to a panel of producers and broadcasters at the Byron Bay Writers Festival each year.

How to apply

  • Applications for Stage 1 have NOW CLOSED.
  • Applications for Stage 2 have NOW CLOSED. The selected screenwriting team will be announced on 25 May 2016.

Missed the application process? You can watch the pitch session at the Byron Writers Festival, 5-7 August 2016. Announcements regarding the 2017 program will be released February 2017


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