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  • Video Chat for Professional Actors & Filmmakers

    Here at TCN, we have many industry partnerships, so we can offer our network as many opportunities as possible.

    WeAudition is a game-changing website where you can audition from your computer at home, or find a partner to rehearse or self-tape with you, all through video chat!

    It’s easy to use – just request a partner with the skills you need, and you’ll be instantly connected to another actor ready to read with you.  You can even make extra money by being a Reader for others, without leaving the house!

    Or submit and audition for roles, or take a general meeting with a casting director or agent.  It’s just like being in the room, without the travel, parking or hassle.

    Filmmakers – hold auditions through video chat for short films, TV or feature projects.  Save time, and money – no need to rent an audition space.

    TCN subscribers get 50% off when signing up at www.weaudition.com/partners and entering code TCN50.

    Find out more about WeAudition: https://www.WeAudition.com/ 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/WeAudition
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WeAudition
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/WeAudition

  • TriForce Talent Nominated for IARA Awards

    Over the years, our initiatives at TriForce Creative Network have showcased some fantastic talent and had support from well-known faces in the industry. We’re excited that some of our network have been nominated for the IARA’s!

    The International Achievement Recognition Awards were founded in 2014, aimed at celebrating exceptional talent and organisations, recognising the hard work of those in Theatre, Music, Films/TV and Fashion.

    IARA acknowledge the significant efforts of extraordinary talents irrespective of their race, belief, disability, gender, age sexual orientation or religion.

    Kiran Sonia Sawar
    Kiran graduated from The Oxford School of Drama in 2012 and went on to perform at MonologueSlam in 2013, choosing a hilarious Tina Fey monologue. Since then, Kiran has many theatre credits to her name from the Cockpit Theatre, The Arcola, Tron Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and Southwark Playhouse. Her screen debut was in Holby City and she went on play the lead in the fantastic ‘Murdered By My Father’ on BBC Three. She is represented by United Agents.

    Kiran has been nominated for Best Actress and Best Young Actress in Film/TV/Drama for Murdered By My Father.

     

    Waleed Elgadi
    Waleed was the winner of the very first MonologueSlam in LA, held at The Chinese Theatre in May 2016. He then went on to win the National Final at Stratford East in December 2016. Waleed worked extensively across Film, Television and Theatre both in the UK and internationally and is represented by Sainou.

    Waleed has been nominated for Best Emerging Actor for his role in Julius Caesar at the RSC.

     

     

    Jane Gull
    Jane won an award at the TriForce Short Film Festival in 2014 for her film Sunny Boy. The film was shown on Channel 4 and had huge success at numerous festivals. Following her short film success, Jane produced the feature My Feral Heart, where Luke, an independent young man with Down’s syndrome stumbles upon a wild and life changing friendship.
    Jane is nominated for Best Feature/Independent Film for My Feral Heart. 

    Nathan Byron

    Nathan Byron came to our attention at the TriForce Short Film Festival in 2014, co-directing and producing his own short film YouTroll, where he was selected as a finalist. Nathan is also a talented actor, with featured roles in Some Girls and Benidorm.
    Nathan is nominated for Best Emerging Actor for his role in Benidorm. 

     

     

    Both Ellen Thomas and Nicholas Pinnock are huge supporters of TriForce Creative Network. Both champion inclusivity in our industry and always align themselves with the right opportunities as actors.

    Ellen has been nominated for Best Female Stage Performance in The Hotel Cerise.
    Nicholas has been nominated for Best Male Stage Performance in The Royale. 

    To see the rest of the nominations, visit: http://www.iara-awards.com/news/

    The winners will be announced on Saturday 2nd September at Stratford Town Hall. Click here to purchase a ticket.

    Good luck to all!

     

  • How to get funding and support for your short film

    We know you’re a innovative bunch, never short of creativity or motivation, but having an idea for a short film is just the beginning. Funding is an important (and often dreaded) aspect of the making of any short film. If you’re thinking about creating a short film or have one already made that you need funding for,we’ve pulled together a few initiatives from different organisations that’ll definitely help you complete your film making process.

    If you’re quick you’ll still have time to get your film made and enter it into TriForce Short Film Festival 2017 before our final deadline of 15th September! Visit http://tfsff.com/submissions/


    The Pitch

    The Pitch is a film making initiative brought to you by TriForce Short Film Festival and ShortsTV. It gives filmmakers the opportunity to pitch their next short film idea to a judging panel for the chance to have their short film produced. Filmmakers have the opportunity to win £3000 towards their short film project, as well as the support of experienced producers from ShortsTV. Plus, it’s free to enter!

    How to apply: filmfreeway.com/festival/TriForceShortFilmFestivalandShortsTVPresentThePitch
    Submission deadline: 7 July

    Film London has just opened applications for its short film schemes London Calling and London Calling Plus, which provide a career-changing opportunity for new and emerging London-based filmmakers. Filmmakers selected for the schemes will receive a comprehensive package of production funding, support and expert mentoring, with the chance to have their film screened at the BFI London Film Festival and win industry prizes. Previous London Calling alumni have gone on to screen their short films at world-renowned festivals including Berlin, Sundance and Tribeca, as well as earning BAFTA nomination, a Berlin Crystal Bear and BIFA award.

    This year they are championing diverse film-making voices more than ever, with 7 funding awards being specifically designated for writers and directors from BAME backgrounds.

    How to apply: filmlondon.org.uk/funding/shorts  
    Submission deadline: 25 July 2017

     

    Genera provide an alternative way for short filmmakers to achieve funding worldwide. You pay a one-off fee (per project), the films are shortlisted by the Genera team and you can receive up to £5,000 funding. It’s straightforward and doesn’t take commission like you would get with crowdfunding.

     

     

    How to apply: www.generafilms.com/en/
    Submission deadline: 30 June. However funding rounds run quarterly, so you can apply again soon after.

     

    The JBA’s are a talent development programme that provide financial assistance of between £1000 and £5000 to individuals working behind the scenes in film and TV.

    JBAs provide a stepping stone for individuals who are talented and driven but have faced hurdles in developing their career. Difficulties faced by JBA recipients in the past have included lack of finances, accident and illness.

    How to apply: apply.ctbf.co.uk/entrant/index.php 
    Submission deadline: 31 July

    If there are any other initiatives you may have come across, let us know as we always want to share the best opportunities with our network! Simply email [email protected]

  • #SIDK nominated for Creative Diversity Network Award!

    Creative Diversity Network bring together organisations who employ and/or make programmes across the UK television industry to promote, celebrate and share good practice around the diversity agenda. They seek to engage and empower the industry to drive change, and understand the business case for wider representation and inclusion.

    Each year the CDN host awards to celebrate game changers in the industry who are striving ahead and making change.

    We’re excited to announce that TriForce Productions ITV2 panel show with a comedy twist ‘Sorry I Didn’t Know’ has been nominated for Best Entertainment Programme. Two teams of comedians (Chizzy Akudolu, Jo Martin, Jimmy James Jones, Toby Williams, Paul Chowdhry, Judi Love) took viewers on a tour of black history across the globe in a laugh out loud 30 minute special.

    Click here to find out more about the awards and the other nominees.

    The winners of the CDN awards will be announced on the 12 June.

    Current members of the CDN are BAFTA, BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5/Viacom, Creative Skillset, PACT, ITN, ITV, Media Trust, S4C, Sky and Turner Broadcasting.

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  • TriForce Incubator Finalists Announced

    The six finalists have been chosen!

    TriForce Productions, in association with Creative Skillset, have awarded six writers paid development commissions as part of a completely new model of finding and facilitating diverse talent: the TriForce Creative Network Writers Incubator.

    This twelve month initiative aims to change the usual routes of access and mitigate the concept of ‘risk’ that is so prevalent in our industry when engaging with new talent.

    The finalists were chosen from the writers of the shortlisted 20 scripts, all of whom were invited to meet with Fraser and Minnie Ayres (CEO and COO, TriForce Creative Network), as well as Jay Davidson (Assistant Commissioner, BBC).

     

    The Six Incubator Finalists 

    Janice Hallett, Blackout

    Mariama Ives-Moiba, A Family Like Mine

    Sam Benjamin, Liverpool ’81

    Sharma Walfall, Out of Bounds

    Shimon Greenidge-Forsyth, The Ortlan Birds

    Tsonko Bumbalov, Lemongrass and Morphine

    (From left to right: Minnie Ayres, Sam Benjamin, Mariama Ives-Moiba, Janice Hallett, Shimon Greenidge-Forsyth, Sharma Walfall, Tsonko Bumbalov, Fraser Ayres).

     

    What’s next for the finalists?

    Each hotly-tipped writer will be given one-to-one mentoring, training and seminars throughout the year and commissioner engagement from the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky, along with their paid development commission from TriForce Productions.  A personal facilitation fund will also be accessible to go towards necessities such as travel or child care.

    “We’re incredibly excited to be working with these six outstanding talents, we received almost 1000 submissions for this project, so the finalists really had to stand out to be selected. These are names to watch out for over the coming months.”
    Fraser Ayres, CEO


    This programme is supported by Creative Skillset’s HETV Levy.

     

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  • TCN Incubator Selection Day

    Saturday 1st April was the TriForce Creative Network Incubator Selection Day hosted at Spotlight and the TCN team were so happy to meet the writers of the 20 selected TCN Incubator scripts.

    On the interview panel TCN co-founder Fraser Ayres and COO Minnie Ayres were joined by Jay Davidson, Assistant Commissioner at the BBC.  It was fantastic to meet such a talented group of writers, to hear them pitch their projects and learn more about their aims moving forward.

    The final six writers of the TCN Incubator, in association with Creative Skillset, will be announced soon.


    The TCN Incubator Shortlist

    Paula B. Stanic – Cracked
    Amarjit Bassan – Lalit’s Voice
    Sam Benjamin – Liverpool ’81
    Tsonko Bumbalov – Lemongrass and Morphine
    Robert Goldsbrough – Strangers in Moscow
    Tré Gordon – Coconut Boy
    Shimon Greenidge-Forsyth – Song of the Ortlan Birds
    Janice Hallett – Blackout
    Mariama Ives-Moiba – A Family Like Mine
    Zara Meerza – Yellow
    Eleonora Mignoli – Onirika
    Faisal Qureshi – Karachi Vice
    Katie Redford and James Farmer – Sweethearts
    Nicola Sinclair – Twist of Fate
    Katrina Smith-Jackson – Tilbury Rush
    David Stevens – Guardian
    Gail Terry – Dead Ringers
    Sharma Walfall – Out of Bounds
    Charlie Ward – Fragments
    Jonny Wright – Northern Monkeys


    What will the Final Six Chosen Writers Receive?

    • Paid development commission with TriForce Productions
    • One-to-one mentoring on scripts, pitches and personal goals
    • Personal ‘Facilitation Fund’ for travel, child-care, carers allowance etc.
    • Industry professional led workshops and seminars throughout the year
    • Direct connections and introductions to decision makers and commissioners
    • Guaranteed push of project/s to numerous broadcasters & commissioners
    • Support and knowledge share with other ‘incubees’
    • Raising of profile within the industry, through press and exposure


    Very well done once again to the TCN Incubator shortlisted writers, this in itself was quite some feat as the competition was extremely strong.


    This programme is supported by Creative Skillset’s HETV Levy.

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  • The TCN Incubator Shortlist

    TriForce Creative Network, in association with Creative Skillset, are excited present the TCN Incubator Shortlist!

    The standard was extremely high and it was a feat bringing it down to just 20 scripts, very well done to everyone who entered and our congratulations to the shortlisted writers below.


    The TCN Incubator Shortlist

    Paula B. Stanic – Cracked
    Amarjit Bassan – Lalit’s Voice
    Sam Benjamin – Liverpool ’81
    Tsonko Bumbalov – Lemongrass and Morphine
    Robert Goldsbrough – Strangers in Moscow
    Tré Gordon – Coconut Boy
    Shimon Greenidge-Forsyth – Song of the Ortlan Birds
    Janice Hallett – Blackout
    Mariama Ives-Moiba – A Family Like Mine
    Zara Meerza – Yellow
    Eleonora Mignoli – Onirika
    Faisal Qureshi – Karachi Vice
    Katie Redford and James Farmer – Sweethearts
    Nicola Sinclair – Twist of Fate
    Katrina Smith-Jackson – Tilbury Rush
    David Stevens – Guardian
    Gail Terry – Dead Ringers
    Sharma Walfall – Out of Bounds
    Charlie Ward – Fragments
    Jonny Wright – Northern Monkeys

     

    What Happens Now?

    This Saturday 1st April the shortlist will be whittled down to six finalists.


    What will the Final Six Chosen Writers Receive?

    • Paid development commission with TriForce Productions
    • One-to-one mentoring on scripts, pitches and personal goals
    • Personal ‘Facilitation Fund’ for travel, child-care, carers allowance etc.
    • Industry professional led workshops and seminars throughout the year
    • Direct connections and introductions to decision makers and commissioners
    • Guaranteed push of project/s to numerous broadcasters & commissioners
    • Support and knowledge share with other ‘incubees’
    • Raising of profile within the industry, through press and exposure


    Once again congratulations and we look forward to meeting the TCN Incubator shortlisted writers this Saturday!


    This programme is supported by Creative Skillset’s HETV Levy.

     

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  • The TCN Incubator Launches!

    The TCN Writers Incubator has launched!

    We are very pleased to launch The TriForce Creative Network Writers Incubator in association with Creative Skillset. We’re looking for people who are serious about a TV writing career. This exciting initiative aims to change the usual routes of access and mitigate the concept of ‘risk’ that is so prevalent in our industry when engaging with new talent. Tangible and outcome focused, The TCN Incubator seeks to go beyond just another ‘program’ and bring effective and long-standing change.

    You may already be an established ‘jobbing’ writer looking for the chance of your own project, or perhaps you’re brand new and desperate for your voice to be heard – you do NOT need to be represented by an agent to enter.

    What will the 6 chosen writers receive?

    • PAID development commission with TriForce Productions
    • One-to-one mentoring on scripts, pitches and personal goals
    • Personal ‘Facilitation Fund’ for travel, child-care, carers allowance etc.
    • Industry professional led workshops and seminars throughout the year
    • Direct connections and introductions to decision makers and commissioners
    • Guaranteed push of project/s to numerous broadcasters & commissioners
    • Support and knowledge share with other ‘incubees’
    • Raising of profile within the industry, through press and exposure

    What you need to enter:

    Please read the instructions carefully, before filling in the form and attaching your documents here. We need you to provide:

    1. A 15 page extract from a TV script in either word or PDF format. Please ONLY attach 15 pages. The script can be drama or comedy and there is no limit on the number of characters. It can be the first 15 pages, or a 15 page extract from elsewhere in the script. We’re using this extract to assess your ability to write dialogue and create convincing characters, so we suggest avoiding extracts which have a large amount of description. Please name this file using the following format: lastname.firstname.titleofscript

    For information on how to format a TV script, see this page on BBC Writersroom.

    1. Your CV in either Word or PDF format. Please include details of any writing experience, including any commissions, readings or script editing for example. Please name this file using the following format: lastname.firstname.CV
    1. We are also asking you to provide TWO further ideas as pitches of 500 words each. This is part of the form, you do not need to attach another document. While you should submit your strongest ideas, bear in mind showing some variety in terms of the format could strengthen your chances, for example entering a script for a returning drama as well as two pitches for mini-series or features.  This does not apply to genre, so if, say, comedy is more your bag, it is completely fine to stay with that for your script as well as your pitches, although you are welcome to submit different genres for any or all of these if you wish.

    What is the submission process?

    From the submissions a long list of around 20 writers will be selected and invited to a workshop day on Saturday 1st April in London, so that you can meet the other writers and we can meet you!  Over the course of this day interviews will decide the shortlist of 6 writers.

     When is the deadline for submissions?

    Submissions are open from now until 23:59 on Tuesday 7 March

     Who can apply?

    As is the TriForce way – pretty much everybody! There are no age, class, ethnicity, (tick your box here) restrictions. This is a fully inclusive initiative aimed at finding the best unheard talent from all walks of life, from across the UK. End of.

    Building on the success of our writers initiative WriterSlam, we are asking for people who can show some experience in writing, but we’re quite flexible about what this might be. You might have had a TV development commission, have had a play script or short film script produced, or had a reading of your script with actors. This can be something you’ve produced yourself and it doesn’t need to have been a paid job – we’re keen to get the most excited and driven, not necessarily the most experienced.

    You must also be based in the U.K.

    The TCN Writers Incubator is a fully supported opportunity like no other giving you as a creative all the tools and opportunities to succeed, as well as providing direct access to fresh, developed new talent for the industry as a whole.

    This programme is supported by Creative Skillset’s HETV Levy.

  • Channel 4 Chooses MonologueSlam Actors

    Channel 4 and TriForce Creative Network Announce Ten New Faces for Channel 4 Drama

    A UK wide talent search through MonologueSlam UK saw 10 actors selected to be championed by Channel 4 Drama

    The MonologueSlam UK showcase gives actors across the country the chance to perform in front of a panel of industry judges, including the Channel 4 Drama Commissioning Team. The most promising talent from 2016 was invited to the national final on December 12th where Channel 4 selected their top 10. They have committed to explore ways to champion the winning actors’ careers with Channel 4 Drama.

    The ten selected actors are Hannah Margaret from Leeds, who was also crowned National MonologueSlam UK Champion 2016, Adaya Henry and Joanna Gay winners of the Birmingham heats, Frances Pooley the Leicester winner, Winston Sarpong, winner of the Essex MonologueSlam, and Connor Mills, Maia Watkins, Richard Rowe-McGhie, Debra Baker and Kayla Meikle from London.

    Fraser Ayres, co-founder, TriForce Creative Network, says; “We are very excited with Channel 4’s commitment to this fantastic group of actors. We’ve seen them develop through the MonologueSlam UK initiative over 2016 and we know they’re ready for this opportunity. We’re looking forward to continuing our relationship with Channel 4 in 2017.”

    Ramy El-Bergamy, Channel 4 On Screen Diversity Executive, says; “We’re incredibly excited about the 10 actors we’ve selected through this year’s MonologueSlam UK programme. The standard was incredibly high at the final, and with access to talent from all over the UK, we’ve been able to select a diverse pool of new talent that we will champion in Channel 4 Drama over the coming year.”

    MonologueSlam UK is a nationwide, professional actors’ showcase culminating in a national final in December at Theatre Royal Stratford East. It is the only showcase supported by Spotlight and Equity, and is open to all. After a rigorous audition process for each show, 22 actors are given the opportunity to perform in front of a select audience including the industry panel.

    The overall winner of each regional heat throughout the year then goes on to perform at the national final in December, where the champion is crowned. Maintaining that it should always be free for actors to perform, TriForce has produced a hugely accessible event for all performers, with an ethos of inclusion. The regional heats start again on 27th February 2017 with the first London heat at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

    Previous talent uncovered by the event includes Chizzy Akudolu who went on to star in Holby City as well as Sorry, I Didn’t Know, the comedy panel show produced by TriForce Productions which takes viewers on a tour of black history across the globe.

    Congratulations to all of the actors!

  • TCN in Screenwriting Goldmine Newsletter

    Screenwriting Goldmine’s December newsletter has a piece on TriForce Productions and an interview with Minnie Ayres, COO of TriForce Creative Network and Executive Producer of TriForce Productions’ first programme Sorry, I Didn’t Know.

    Screenwriting Goldmine’s Newsletter

  • TriForce Creative Network in Broadcast

    Trifore Creative Network has been featured in a Broadcast article along with other fantastic organisations leading the way in training people for the industry and increasing diversity.

    TCN co-founder Fraser Ayres outlines exciting new initiative for 2017, more details to be announced soon!

    Read the article here.

  • TriForce COO Minnie Ayres Interview

    Get to know a little more about TriForce COO Minnie Ayres, the history of the Network and some exciting details about the upcoming TriForce Short Film Festival!

    Read the article here on Those London Chicks, a blog co-founded by Karen Bryson, actress and producer of Family Reunion (a TFSFF 2015 winning film).

    TriForce Short Film Festival is this Saturday 3 December at BAFTA.  To see more information on the festival, the films, seminars or how to book tickets see the TFSFF website.