BellRock 2018

Application Deadline Monday 2 April 2017, midnight

Eligibility Emerging Scotland-based writer/directors, screenwriters, filmmakers and artists with previous work which has received positive attention from press or public audiences and who are looking for guidance and support towards writing a feature length screenplay.

Places 6 - To undertake programme which includes attending three residencies (10 - 15 June; 1 - 5 August; 3 - 7 October 2018) and the opportunity to present your script at an international festival.

Selectors Olivia Stewart, Three Rivers Film with Ross McKenzie, Screen Officer, Creative Scotland

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About BellRock

BellRock is a partnership between Creative Scotland; Producer, Mentor and Script Consultant Olivia Stewart of Three Rivers Film; and Hospitalfield.

An inspiring, challenging and practical programme giving filmmakers and screenwriters a chance to work with a team of established international industry mentors to develop original screenplays during a series of residencies and discussions.

This project arises from an identified strategic need for additional support for filmmakers and screenwriters based in Scotland, highlighted within Creative Scotland’s Film Strategy.

Olivia Stewart is the Director of the workshop and will be joined by two other experienced mentors Alfredo Covelli and Ian Sellar.

The programme includes three separate residential workshops which include mentoring, masterclasses, screenings, discussions and full board catering.

Residency Dates: 10 – 15 June; 1 – 5 August; 3 – 7 October 2018.

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About Olivia Stewart

Olivia Stewart has extensive experience as a Producer and Mentor/Script Consultant. Her films include Terence Davies’ Distant Voices, Still Lives, The Long Day Closes, The Neon Bible and The House Of Mirth; Mark Herman’s Brassed Off; Mike Figgis’ The Browning Version; and Todd Haynes’ Velvet Goldmine. Via her collaboration with the Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam and NFDC India, she has worked on a number of projects including Scott Graham’s Shell (Best Film Torino Film Festival 2012), Ritesh Batra’s Lunchbox and Gurvinder Singh’s Fourth Direction.

She has also been a member of the NSW Aurora Script Workshop in Sydney; the Glasgow Playwright’s Studio Script Workshop; the Selection Committee for the TorinoFilmLab Framework Programme; NFDC Film Bazaar and National Script Labs; and, the International Juries for the Locarno Film Festival, the Fajr Film Festival, Tehran and Asiatica Film Mediale, Rome and in 2015 was a member of the San Sebastian Film Festival New Directors’ Jury.

In 2014 she set up the EYE PRIZE with the EYE Film Museum Amsterdam; and in 2015, the PJLF Pangolin Prize – a two year sculpture residency.


About Alfredo Covelli

Alfredo Covelli is a producer, director and writer. As a screenwriter, his credits include: La Scuola è Finita directed by Valerio Jalongo (Rome Film Festival 2010); Italian TV series I Liceali; I Liceali 2; Piper; and feature Studio Illegale directed by Umberto Carteni. In 2015 he was a script consultant for the Film Bazaar Workshops run by India’s NFDC, (National Film Development Corporation).

His directing credits included Grandma Must Get Dry 2011 (short), Salmon, Missing Parts and Love Letter, Even if You Treat Me Bad (shorts), Ring People (documentary) With Real Stars Above My Head.

As a producer and head of Meproducodasolo, he specialises in working with first time directors: Off Road/Fuoristrada a documentary directed by Elisa Amoruso (Special Mention, Rome Film Festival) released in cinemas, broadcast by SKY and MTV; A New Family, a short documentary by Simone Manetti (BFI London Film Festival 2014); Manetti’s first documentary feature Goodbye Darling, I’m off to Fight and Yesterday, the first work of fiction by award winning documentarian Valentina Pedicini.

Recent awards include, for With Real Stars Above My Head: Grand Prix of the Jury at Autrans Mountain Film Festival 2015; for Salmon: Honorable Mention at Nashville Film Festival 2013, Golden Gate Award at San Francisco International Film Festival 2013; for Ring People: Jury Award at Virginia Film Festival 2013.


About Ian Sellar

Ian Sellar is a filmmaker who began his career as an assistant to Bill Douglas. He went on, via design and editing, into writing and directing shorts and then to studying at the National Film and Television School.  His first feature, Venus Peter was in official selection in Cannes and Sundance. This was followed by Prague, also chosen for Cannes, Tokyo and many others. As a writer his, Home Road Movies was winner of the Cartoon d’Or and numerous other prizes. Ian, based in the UK, is senior lecturer at the National Film and Television School. He has run workshops, normally at first feature level, for writers and directors in many parts of the world. Within the industry working with individual feature directors and writer/directors Ian acts as an advisor from script development onwards. He brings humour and tenacity to all of his work, qualities that have allowed him to form close collaborations with many successful filmmakers from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.


Who is BellRock for?

The programme is aimed towards emerging filmmakers, writer/directors, screenwriters and artists living in Scotland who can demonstrate their commitment, interest and talent with previous work and who are looking for guidance and support in writing a feature length screenplay.

In the mix of eligible applicants, we welcome submissions from writer/directors, feature, short, fiction and documentary or experimental filmmakers, artists working in the moving image, film or television drama writers, playwrights and literary writers with a strong track record and who wish to make the transition to fiction for the big screen.


  1. Applicant criteria

Applicants must have one of the following:

1a.       A feature film, a short film, a documentary, an arts film, or a drama broadcast on TV or online;

1b.       A professionally written full length feature film script plus a one page synopsis;

1c.       A professionally produced play for theatre, which has received proven positive attention from press and public;

1d.       A published novel or a published collection of short stories or poems, which has received positive attention from press and public.


  1. Application Procedure

Applications are made through the online form linked to this page.

Applications must include:

2a.       Either: a full draft screenplay, if not complete, then it must be at least 15 pages long and in addition you must include a 1 page synopsis.

2b.       Or: a full treatment of not less than 25 pages

2c.       One paragraph synopsis

2d.       The completed online application form including a link to only one complete example of your previous work;

2e.       Your bio and CV info

2f.        The completed Creative Scotland Equal Opportunities Form


You can also include if you wish:

  • Maximum of 3 photographs for visual reference
  • Supporting Statement (1 page max) – indicating overall vision, i.e. look, tone, genre


Information about Hospitalfield the host and location of this project


Submitting Your Application

If you require more information or assistance with the application process please contact Laura Simpson: laura [at]


Selection Process:

After submitting your application, you will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt via email (please check your junk mail folder). Applications will be read by a panel of independent readers and a shortlist will be created.

All applications will be considered according to the following criteria:

  • The creative and cinematic merits of the proposed project
  • The quality of writing sample submitted
  • The abilities of the applicant as demonstrated by the materials submitted and/or track record

Applicants selected for the shortlist will have a brief Skype interview after which the final selection of 6 projects will be made. The panel is Olivia Stewart (Three Rivers Film) and Ross McKenzie (Creative Scotland).

Due to the high volume of applications expected, individual feedback will not be available.


After selection

You must be available for all of the residential dates. Do not apply if there is any risk that you will not be able to make all the workshops


Information about Creative Scotland’s Screen Activity

BellRock is supported by the Scottish Government via the Creative Scotland Screen Skills Fund. It is intended to strengthen training and development opportunities in the Screen sector, and address some of the key priorities as set out in Creative Scotland’s Film Strategy 2014-17.


Diversity and Accessibility

BellRock is particularly keen to encourage applications from filmmakers and writers who represent the whole range of cultural diversity that makes up Scotland today.