Category: News

  • Happy Holidays!

    Wishing happy holidays to the whole network from TriForce Towers!

    We hope you enjoy yourselves and if you have a spare few minutes we’d love it if you could take our survey (perhaps while nibbling on some chocolate) – it’s easy peasy and will really help us make sure we know which bits we’re doing right and which we could improve on.

    Thanks everyone and have a great break!

    The TCN x



  • Calling All Writers: BBC Shadow Writing Scheme

    This is a great opportunity for writers to get experience on returning BBC drama Doctors!

    The BBC Writersroom and Drama Production is running a BBC Doctors Shadow Scheme from the 5th July 2016 and are currently accepting script submissions. If you are keen to write for the show, you will need – an original full-length script, CV AND a pitch for a Doctors guest A story (up to 500 words) by 5pm on Monday 18th April 2016, in PDF format.

    Your guest story should feature one of the regular Doctors characters as well as a maximum of three guest characters.  The story should revolve around human dilemma and jeopardy rather than focus on being a medical story. Your idea needs to be a self-contained story that happens over one day only.  Below is a link to a detailed example submitted by one of the BBC’s more experienced Doctors writers. You will need to write your own shorter pitch for a Doctors guest story, up to a maximum of 500 words.

    They are looking for writers who know the show, are passionate about it and are eager to show that they can write for it.

    There are 5 places. The BBC will be shortlisting 12 writers for the scheme, and will ask those shortlisted to write a scene for Doctors using existing serial.

    The Scheme is open to writers of all levels of experience and they encourage BAME writers to apply.

    See the Doctors Pitch Example here.


    The Shadow Scheme will run like this:

    Each writer will have a dedicated Script Editor from the show and the Shadow Scheme will last 6 months.

    The 5 selected writers will be expected to submit two story ideas and take one of these ideas on to write 2 drafts of a trial script.  Doctors will read the trial script and two more story ideas from the writer.  The show will then decide whether the writer will get a commission.  If the writer is successful with the trial process, they will be guaranteed a commission within the year, subject to a story idea being accepted.

    The Shadow Scheme start with three days of training at the Doctors base in Birmingham, there will be more training throughout the duration of the scheme – dates to be confirmed.

    Tuesday 5th July – Thursday 7th July 2016 – to include writers’ workshops, lectures and exercises on storytelling and the show format. Expenses for travel and accommodation will be paid. The writers will have a formal induction on the show, including a set tour, and then they’ll be taken through the script development process.

    Please submit via the Writersroom E-Submissions System –

  • Diversity: The Force Awakens

    Our co-founder Fraser Ayres is featured in the Huffington Post today, talking about the responsibility of industry awards to reflect the diversity of today’s society, and the impact of John Boyega’s Rising Star Award at the BAFTA’s. You can check out his article below:

    Diversity: The Force Awakens

  • Fraser Ayres in Broadcast

    CEO Fraser Ayres has responded to the #OscarsSoWhite debate with a piece in Broadcast magazine looking at what we can expect for our own TV awards in 2016.

    Read the full article here:

  • BFI.NETWORK and Postroom

    Everyone knows about the BFI, but did you know about BFI NET.WORK?
    BFI NET.WORK were one of our partners for the TriForce Short Film Festival in 2015. We have a lot in common as we’re both here to support new and emerging filmmakers and help them develop their careers.

    BFI NET.WORK help new Writers, Directors and Producers on the way to their first feature. The NET.WORK is a partnership that involves Creative England, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Northern Ireland Screen, Scottish Film Talent Network and Film London – with backing from the BFI. Every year they invest £3 million of National Lottery funding in new and emerging filmmakers for short film production, feature development and training opportunities, but their website is also a great resource for connecting talent with industry execs.

    An exciting feature of their website is definitely the Postroom, which is a platform where anyone can share their work directly with execs – and it is guaranteed to be watched or read – allowing execs who are excited about your work to get in touch with you directly. The most outstanding short film submission of the month is highlighted via their Postroom Pick and showcased on the homepage of the site. This is a brilliant platform for emerging filmmakers to gain recognition not only from execs but among their peers too. We would suggest that any filmmaker looking to engage with funders upload their work to the Postroom as an initial point of contact.

    Matimba Kabalika looks after the NET.WORK and manages the accompanying website. She originally joined the BFI in June 2012 as Assistant to Ben Roberts. Before joining the BFI she spent four years at Partizan, where she worked in production on commercials, music videos and short films, working with an array of emerging and established directing talent. Matimba tells us “the Postroom represents such an exciting opportunity for us, because it’s where we get to see work from across the UK from a diverse wealth of filmmakers who we may not have had the opportunity to engage with yet.”

    The Postroom is resource that should be utilised by all emerging Writers, Directors and Producers who feel they have a compelling script or short film that has not been discovered yet. Previous Postroom Picks have gone on to attend learning and networking events that are run by the NET.WORK, and are now in talks with execs over potential new projects. Take a look at the excellent quality of chosen films, one has since been BAFTA nominated!

    Discover how BFI NET.WORK can help you:

  • Adam Crozier on working with TriForce

    ITV Chief Exec Adam Crozier says that there’s still a way to go before we can declare victory on making TV more diverse.

    “If this is a 5 day test match we’re halfway through the first morning” Crozier told the audience at Channel 4’s diversity conference this week.

    He acknowledge the importance of partnerships and talked about widening the recruitment pool by using organisation like TriForce Creative Network.

    TriForce are working with ITV on a range of initiatives and have received support from them for our new WriterSlam programme. We think it’s great that such a large commercial broadcaster are thinking outside the box when it comes to building an inclusive industry, both on and off screen.

    Click here to access the Broadcast article.

  • Minnie Crowe in The Guardian

    The Guardian’s predictions for the media industry in 2016 featured COO Minnie Crowe’s thoughts on how broadcasters and production companies can continue to address the diversity challenge both on and off screen in 2016.

    Check out the article online here.

  • Happy New Year!

    A huge Happy New Year to all out network!

    2016 has launched off the starting blocks with lots of opportunities in the first few weeks of the year. Have a look below and see if there’s something for you:

    Get A Grip

    Our initiative with Creative Skillset’s Trainee Finder Programme. We’re searching for behind the camera talent with LESS than two year’s professional experience who are looking to launch their careers in high end TV drama. This talent search is taking us all over the UK with the following opportunities coming up soon:

    Wednesday 3rd February 6.30 – 8.00pm BRISTOL

    We’re holding an open evening in Bristol at the Arnolfini for those interested in finding out more about this programme in the South West. It’s free to attend of course, but we do ask that you register online so we know how many people are coming!

    To register go to:

    Saturday & Sunday 5th & 6th March MANCHESTER

    We’re holding a Microshorts Workshop in Manchester at Studio Manchester for those who are interested in joining the Trainee Finder programme. The ONLY criteria is that you are interested in working in a behind the camera role in TV drama (i.e. camera operator, sound operative, make up artist, production co-orindator etc…) and have LESS than two year’s professional experience.

    The workshops is free, but places are limited, so you must apply before midnight on 31st January 2016!

    To apply to take part in the MANCHESTER workshop go to:

    Saturday & Sunday 9th & 10th April LEEDS

    We’re holding a Microshorts Workshop in LEEDS at Duke Studios for those who are interested in joining the Trainee Finder programme. The ONLY criteria is that you are interested in working in a behind the camera role in TV drama (i.e. camera operator, sound operative, make up artist, production co-orindator etc…) and have LESS than two year’s professional experience.

    The workshops is free  but places are limited, so you must apply before midnight on 31st January 2016!

    To apply to take part in the LEEDS workshop go to:

    We’ll be holding further Microshorts workshops in London and Bristol to help find more people to take through to Trainee Finder. Keep your eyes on the website for details!

    MonologueSlam UK

    Saturday 16th January LEEDS Auditions

    MonologueSlam is back with a bang with our first event in Leeds on 13th February with Chizzy Akudolu hosting. There’s still a few spaces left for the auditions on Saturday 16th January. To book your place go to:

    We’ll shortly be announcing the first London and Birmingham auditions of the year so make sure you’re signed up to our mailing list to find out first!

    Make 2016 your year and come and get involved.


  • TriForce Short Film Festival 2015 – Winners Announced!

    The 4th annual TriForce Short Film Festival took place this Saturday at BAFTA. We showed 16 shortlisted films throughout the day, with our 4 finalists shown at the red carpet gala in the evening.

    The winners were annoucned on the night, with 3 prizes up for grabs.

    The top prize of the evening, the Best of the Fest Award, supported by Channel 4, went to the team behind Family Reunion, directed by David Kitchen and produced by Karen Bryson (pictured above). The team win a cash prize of £1000 along with a career development opportunity with supporters Channel 4.

    We also announced the winner of the Best Documentary Award, supported by Shiver. This prize went to Teddy Nygh and the team at Fully Focussed Productions, with their film highlighting the work of the Amy Winehouse Foundation. They were joined on stage by some of the young people who were featured in the film. The team win a £250 cash prize and director Teddy will meet with Shiver’s MD Alexander Gardiner in the new year to discuss his career.

    The audience selected the final award – the Audience Choice Award supported by Directors UK and Red Planet Pictures. This prize went to director Abigail Blackmore for her film Vintage Blood. The team win a £500 cash prize and Abigail will meet with Red Planet Pictures in the new year to discuss potential shadowing opportunities on their 2016 productions.

    To check out the winners and details for all the shortlisted and finalist films, please go to:

  • What is Shorts TV?

    We’re talking to some of our TriForce Short Film Festival partners about what they do to support filmmakers. Here’s Sebastien de Lame, EMEA Sales & Marketing Manager from Shorts TV explaining how their platform for short film works. Carter Pilcher, the CEO of Shorts TV is one of our judges, with Chris Tidman, their VP  of Acquisitions speaking on the There’s No Business Like Short Business seminar on 5th December at BAFTA. Make sure you’ve got your ticket booked! 

    Can you tell us a bit about Shorts TV and what you do?
    ShortsTV is a 24/7 HD TV channel dedicated to short movies. Available across the US, Europe and Africa, we bring audiences the best professionally produced short films from around the world as well as original programming on the global short film scene. We also have a short movie on demand service available on iTunes and other online platforms, and every year we are responsible for the theatrical distribution of the Oscar Nominated Short Films in cinemas across the US and Europe.

    How do film-makers get involved?
    Filmmakers submit their films to our acquisitions team in London or LA, usually via an online link. If the film is suitable and a deal is agreed then they are invited to also provide us with a filmed introduction and to send us any “making of” or behind the scenes footage they might have. Our production team regularly interviews filmmakers for our original productions, further helping them to gain exposure on the world stage.

    ShortsTV also travels to film festivals to host The Pitch, a competition which gives filmmakers the opportunity to pitch their next short film idea to us for the chance to win €5000 towards its production.

    What are the benefits of showcasing your work on Shorts TV?
    ShortsTV reaches millions of households across the US, Europe and Africa and so we provide a great opportunity for international exposure. We also actively help films and festivals gain appropriate international awards consideration.

    Many of the filmmakers who have entered The Pitch competition have gone on to achieve great success. For example, Dutch filmmaker Rob Luecker’s winning pitch went on to win the Golden Calf award at the Netherlands Film Festival, while Eva Sigurdardottir, who won The Pitch at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, recently won the 2015 London Calling award for the film, Rainbow Party.

    What are your plans for Shorts TV in the future?
    We’re actively trying to increase the distribution of our channel around the world and grow our audiences wherever we operate. Hopefully 2016 will see the arrival of ShortsTV in new markets, including here in the UK. We’re also focusing on the theatrical release of the 2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films in February. This year we distributed the films to 475 US cinemas and 100 European cinemas and we’re aiming to increase our reach in 2016.

    For more information about ShortsTV visit our website: or follow us on social media:

    Facebook: ShortsTV
    Twitter: @ShortsTV
    Instagram: ShortsTV

  • WriterSlam Finalists Announced!

    The next WriterSlam UK will be on Thursday 19th November, and we have now chosen the 5 writers who will be showcased at the event.

    The finalist will take part in a workshop with veteran producer Michael Jacob, (My Family, Goodnight Sweetheart), who will help them polish their script extracts in preparation for the event on 19th November.

    They will have their extracts performed on the night, with career development prizes up for grabs from Tiger Aspect Productions, who will be offering a paid development commission, as well as prizes Hat Trick Productions, the BBC and ITV/ITV Studios.

    The shortlisted writers are:

    • Halida Abbaro – Mersey Cumparsita
    • Lynda Clark – Them Indoors
    • Ravdeep Mangat – All Around Avi
    • Rafiq Richard – Black Sheep
    • Esosa Uwaifo – Life Of A Roadman

    Congratulations to all!


  • WriterSlam Longlist Selected!

    The next WriterSlam UK will be on Thursday 19th November, and with the show fast approaching, the TriForce team have been busy whittling down the enormous number of entries.

    The longlist have now been informed and a shortlist of just 20 writers will be announced on Monday 26th October, with the 5 finalists announced on Thursday 29th October.

    The finalist will take part in a workshop with veteran producer Michael Jacob, (My Family, Goodnight Sweetheart), who will help them polish their script extracts in preparation for the event on 19th November.

    Key Dates:

    Shortlist Announced: Monday 26th October

    Finalists Announced: Thursday 29th October

    Finalists Workshop: Saturday 31st October

    WriterSlam UK: Thursday 19th November

    Congratulations to our longlist and well done to everyone who entered the competition. The standard was once again very high and it was a tough job to choose!