Monthly Archives: October 2010

BBC World Service announces International Radio Playwriting Competition. Deadline 31 March 2011

The BBC World Service has announced the 12th edition of its annual radio playwriting competition:

The biennial International Radio Playwriting Competition is run by the BBC World Service and the British Council and is now in its twelfth year.

It is a competition for anyone resident outside Britain, to write a 60-minute radio drama for up to six characters.

There are two categories: one for writers with English as their first language and one for writers with English as their second language.

The two winners will come to London and see their play made into a full radio production, which will then be broadcast on the BBC World Service. They will also each receive a £2,500 prize and there are also prizes for the runners-up.

The play must be in English, unpublished and must not have been previously produced in any medium. Whether you’re experienced, new, or somewhere in between, we want to hear from you.

Just check the Rules and How to Enter sections to find out more about sending us your play.

The Rules for entry can be found at this link. The Deadline is 31 March 2011.

MOPPAN starts a blog


Sani Muazu, current President of MOPPAN (c) Sani Muazu from his blog

The Motion Picture Practitioners of Nigeria, the umbrella body for nothern Nigerian filmmakers, has recently opened a blog. MOPPAN gives more information about itself in the “About” section of the blog:

MOPPAN is one of the recognized professional Film Associations,and the only one north of the Niger. It was incorporated by CAC Nos. 16,973 in 2004.MOPPAN, is an umbrella body providing guidance and capacity building for the development of the industry not only in Kano, but in the northern part of Nigeria. The Association, over the years, has as its affiliates several guilds of professionals, business Associations and artisans under its umbrella. Some of these bodies like the Film Makers/Producers’ Association, Guild of Nigerian Film Director’s, Artistes Council or Nigerian Actors’ Guild, Motion Picture Editors Guild M-PEG, Cinematographers Association of Nigeria, Guild of Nigerian Film Designers, Film Music Producers’ and composers, Cassette Sellers and Marketing Association, Cinema/theatre owners Association of Nigeria and the script writers. Within the last 20 years or so, thousands of Nigerian video Films were released into the market of which over 33% of these being Kannywood Films. Today Nigeria turns out about 1000 films every year, generating 300,000 functional jobs and a turnover of more than 5 billion Naira.

So far, MOPPAN has posted important membership information on the blog, including the contact information for its executive members, advisors, trustees, and major stakeholders,   the MOPPAN code of conduct for its members, and the MOPPAN constitution.

There is the option to follow the blog, at the bottom of the site. For more information, see the MOPPAN blog.

Call for films – Development & Climate Days at COP 16, DEADLINE 1 November 2010

The following call for short films on climate and development can be found at the website for the International Institute for Environment and Development.

Dear friends and partners,

This is a call for film submissions for the fourth edition of the Development & Climate (D&C) Days Film Festival. We are looking for short films (up to 10 minutes) on climate and development. The festival will run over the weekend (4-5 December 2010) during COP 16, as a parallel event to the D&C days. It will take place in Cancun, Mexico.

If you would like to submit a film fill in the form […] online at: The deadline for applications is November 1, 2010 (DVDs received, postmark, and completion of online application). Please send your DVDs to: IIED Climate Change Att: D&C Film Festival – I. Lemaire 3 Endsleigh Street London WC1H 0DD UK

 Formats: 3 copies of DVD (readable in DVD player) 1 copy of video files as a MOV, AVI or MPEG-4 (if this is not possible, please write to:

Notes on the application process:

 – In order to promote discussions after screenings, we will give preference to films which can be introduced by a representative. Selected participants will be notified by email.

– If you have MORE THAN 1 FILM: Please use only one individual form per video. You can do this by filling out the details of the first film, submitting the information and reloading the form again by clicking the link in your email.

– The festival is international and we aim to screen films from all continents. In order to make the screenings accessible to most, if you film is not originally in English, we ask you to submit your film with English subtitles.

– For the selection process, it is very helpful for us if you can provide a URL where your film can be viewed online.

– We will only notify you if your film has been selected, by the end of November. Should you wish to travel to COP 16 solely for the purpose of the festival, please first write to Development and Climate Days at COP 16 is being organised by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).

Warm regards,

The IIED climate change team

For more information visit: or contact Isabelle Lemaire at: The online application form can be found here: