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If you can't find a New Talent scheme that matches your skills or interests, there may be other industry events and competitions that can help to get you started. Choose one of the categories below, or see a list of opportunities from all categories.



From 'open mic' nights to writing competitions - there are lots of opportunities to help develop your comedy talent.
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Under 16s
Under 16's

If you're a young person keen to get some more experience and enter your work in competitions, there are lots of great schemes around.
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Radio or TV - children's, sport or music. Whatever you're into, there are plenty of opportunities to see if you've got what it takes to be a presenter.
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It's tough to get your big break in the music industry. Get started with these competitions and schemes - from classical to pop.
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If you've got a burning desire to make films - there are a number of festivals, organisations and websites that can get you started.
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Knowing how to get your work seen can be the biggest hurdle for new writers. Find out about the latest writing competitions and schemes.
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If you've got the 'showbiz' bug, there are local, national and international competitions and schemes that can help to hone your talent.
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From writing it, to acting and producing it - there are many different roles involved in drama. Find out what opportunities are available.
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Comedy Soup
Enjoy a world of contemporary comedy that is sometimes adult and irreverent, occasionally juvenile and irrelevant, but always original. Make your own comedy video, audio, animations and images and get them on the BBC Comedy Soup website.

BBC Comedy - Writing FAQ
The BBC Comedy website has some useful pointers if you're wondering where to send your script or ideas, or would like some work experience.

4 Laughs
'Set your comedy free' is what this site, run by Channel 4 is telling you to do. On this site you can watch and listen to comedy, submit your own work, get professional feedback, enter competitions and climb the Comedy Ladder.

Paramount Comedy
This comedy channel also has a website where you can upload your own comedy shorts and get details of competitions such as the Comedy On Tap Funniest Student, and the Funny Women Awards.

An online UK comedy guide with details of the latest shows and venues, interviews with comedians and a list of the big comedy awards from Open Mic to So You Think You're Funny? Not forgetting the site's own Chortle Awards.

Rooftop Comedy
A US-based internet comedy channel broadcasting stand-up comedy, sketches and funny films. Comics can upload their clips to the site where they get rated by users and may stand a chance of winning the weekly and monthly contests. As they say on the site, "Unpredictable and potentially offensive".
** Site contains adult humour:**

The Comedy Unit, Scotland
The Comedy Unit has produced some of Scotland's best known comedy programmes, from Rab C Nesbitt to Offside. On their website you'll find details of how to submit your scripts and ideas, and see if they're looking for material for specific shows.

Leicester Comedy Festival
The longest running comedy festival in the UK, The Leicester Comedy Festival attracts some of the country's biggest comedians such as Jack Dee, Rory Bremner and Johnny Vegas. Taking place every February it also runs a number of events which give people the chance to gain some experience and work with 'industry experts' such as; comedy writing competitions, writers' workshops and opportunities for any group to perform as part of the festival.

Glasgow Comedy Festival
The Glasgow Comedy Festival has become one of the biggest comedy festivals in Europe. Taking place every year in early Spring, it features some of the biggest international comedians, the freshest rising stars, and free comedy workshops. There is also an 'Amateur Night' where budding comics, singers or dancers are given a chance to perform before an audience.

Liverpool Comedy Festival
The Liverpool Comedy Festival takes place every year in July, with hundreds of different events in venues across Liverpool and Merseyside. It's run by the Comedy Trust who aim to "develop and sustain new talent and to explore comedy as an artform that can significantly enrich people's lives." Throughout the year they run a number of schemes, programmes, workshops and competitions.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This world renowned arts festival is often seen as a rite-of-passage for young comedy performers. Many of the UK's great comedians took their shows to Edinburgh including Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Eddie Izzard and Johnny Vegas. The festival takes place every August and anyone can put on a show - the website has plenty of advice about how to go about it. You can also take part in workshops and competitions.

Manchester Comedy Festival
This annual festival takes place in October across a range of venues from theatres to pubs and even department-store restaurants! Alongside some of the UK's biggest comedians you can catch Manchester's finest home-grown talent, and watch the best emerging acts take their first steps up the comedy ladder as they battle it out to become the City Life Comedian of the Year. There are also amateur nights and new act competitions.


Under 16s

CBBC - Gimme a Break!
CBBC is looking for families for a potential new series where KIDS take control of a family holiday - deciding where to go, where to stay and what to do. And we want families who are up for a adventure...a holiday to remember!

BBC Blast Fashion Design competition with Matthew Williamson
Do you want to make your mark on the fashion industry? Is designing clothes your passion? Enter the Fashion Design competition for your chance to win a day with Matthew Williamson.

BBC Blast
Blast is a creative forum that aims to inspire and motivate young people to develop their creative talents and showcase their work on a range of digital platforms. Throughout the year the Blast Truck goes on tour across the UK, giving young people the chance to attend workshops and learn new skills. The website also has some great advice and competitions.

CBBC Me and My Movie
Are you mad about making movies? Check out the CBBC Me and My Movie website and get inspired. You can also find out how to enter a special competition all about film-making where you could win a CBBC Me and My Movie award, in association with BAFTA!

Cinemagic is an international film festival for young people based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The 17-day festival includes international film screenings, big movie premieres, special guests, discussions, competitions and masterclasses in all aspects of filmmaking. The festival takes place at the end of November, but the deadline for submitting your film is during the summer.

SoundStation is a website for young people up to the age of 18 to help them learn more about music, share musical experiences, get career advice and hear the latest about Youth Music projects and initiatives in their area. It features the most up-to-date music news, plus celebrity interviews and regular features on jobs within the music industry. Visitors can use the Local Events section to find Youth Music projects in their area and leave messages on the Bulletin Board.

Street Talk
A new online magazine called 'Street Talk' has been set up by Youth4Youth. Young people can write in on any topic they like and the magazine's aim is for it to be totally written by its readers.

Media Box
Mediabox gives 13 to 19 years old who live in England the opportunity to develop and produce creative media projects for film, television, radio, online and multi media platforms. Young people can apply for grants of up to £1000.

First Light Movies
First Light enables young people aged between 5 and 18 to create short digital films. Since launching, First Light has given almost 10,000 young people the chance to write, act, shoot and produce over 650 films. Many films have won awards at First Light's annual awards ceremonies, as well as scooping various prizes at worldwide film festivals.

Film Street
Film Street is an inspiring and interactive world for children under 12 to learn about the joys of filmmaking. Guided by friendly Film Street characters, children will find out how films are made by exploring fun-packed locations like the Animation Workshop and the Film Studio.



Hospital Broadcasting Association
Find out about getting experience in hospital radio, and search for your local station.

Blast Reporters
The Blast Reporters will be reporting on a variety of news, arts and sports stories across the English regions. The Arts Reporters will be covering eveything from Hip-Hop through Bangra to Ballet through their reports. The Sports Reporters will be recording their own reports for the BBC local radio stations and sites.

Community Media Association
Community TV and radio stations offer local people a voice and an opportunity to get involved in media production. The CMA website has more information about community media including a list of your local stations and advice on how to get involved.

4 Talent
Channel 4 runs a number of talent schemes throughout the year for those wanting to get into TV, film, new media and radio. Their site also has some great advice, interviews and details of industry events.

The Stage
The Stage is the newspaper for the performing arts industry. The Stage Online carries news and features, 'how to' guides and details of auditions, opportunities and industry jobs. Some areas are subscription only.



Fame Academy Bursaries
The BBC's Fame Academy runs a number of schemes throughout the year which fund young musicians from a range of genres to help them pursue their careers in music: The Education Bursary funds individual performers hoping to become full-time musicians; the Urban Music Bursary provides funding, training and contacts for the latest urban music stars; the Musical Theatre Bursary offers bursaries to aspiring Musical Theatre performers and the Instrument and Equipment Awards give away around 150 awards each year worth up to £1200 each.

Project Talent UK
Project Talent provides a platform for raw, creative talent from a range of disciplines to work together with music as the backdrop. You can enter as a solo artist or as a group - either through auditions or by uploading your music to be judged online. Entry fees are £20 for solo artists and £40 for a group. Auditions start in July 2007 and after regional heats the best acts will get one-on-one training at a workshop session in London. The final group of 12 will take part in a two-week residential programme where they get to record a brand new track and make a music video. The final winner receives a great package of a single record deal, a production deal with top UK and US producers, music equipment and the opportunity to appear on the Urban Voice album.

BBC One Music
Loads of great advice about breaking into the industry, news about the latest opportunities and a link to the 'Unsigned' section where you can listen to, download and review the latest unsigned demos and find out how to send in yours.

BBC Blast - Music
The BBC Blast music pages contain tips and tools that will help young people develop their musical skills. There is also an area to showcase your music and the latest news on events, workshops and opportunities.

Music Aid
Music Aid provides free international support, promotion and publicity services to music related charities and projects. It also offers support to those wishing to enter and develop careers in the music industry through various initiatives such as The International Music Awards and the UK International Songwriting Contest.

X Factor Challenge
The creators of the X Factor have developed the online X Factor Challenge! In this internet version of the TV show there are no auditions - everyone can sing! Choose your favourite song and record it to the site while you sing-a-long karaoke style. Get feedback from other users and see if you can make it to the top of popular performers list.

Festival4Stars Song Writing Competition
The Festival4stars 2007 Song Writing Competition is open to UK residents of any age and costs £20 to enter. All competitors get feedback from an industry professional within 8 weeks of submitting their song, and eight songs will be chosen to be performed at Festival4stars National Song Writing Finals in November 2007.

BBC Live:Music Photography Competition

This competition has been suspended pending review. Updates will be posted on this page within the next few days. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Why have BBC competitions been suspended?

Screened Music Network
The Screened Music Network is a community of composers for film and television based in the UK. They are currently accepting applications from composers who will be selected by a panel of experts working in film, tv and music and represent the very best of the UK's screen music composers. The network allows them to showcase their music and receive comments and ratings from fellow composers and members as well as panellists.



BBC Film Network
Showcasing new UK film talent by screening short films, profiling the people who made them and providing filmmakers with the tools to exchange advice, tips and comment on each other's work.

BBC Summer of British Film - Mini Movies
BBC Two is looking for films of 2 minutes or less which capture the spirit of British cinema. They'd like your take on a particular film, a classic moment, or your favourite movie genre, whether that's Hammer Horror, Carry On or kitchen sink drama. Take a look at the latest on the BBC Mini Movies group on YouTube.

UK Film Council
The UK Film Council aims to stimulate a successful, vibrant film industry and to promote the widest possible enjoyment and understanding of cinema throughout the UK. The website provides information on funding for feature film production, short film production and development funding. It has information about making a film in the UK (tax, locations, studios etc), and it has a list of all partners including all the regional screen agencies.

BBC Blast on BBC Two
Blast are looking for your documentaries, music videos, animations or short movies. Your film may be showcased on Blast on BBC Two in December. Then in January 2008 they'll be having their very own Blast Film Festival Screening. You must be aged between 13 and 24 years and get your film in by October 19th. - Film Festival Directory
Getting your work shown at a film festival can be the first step up the ladder for many film makers. has an extensive list of all the UK festivals, many of which take submissions and run competitions. also has training and careers advice, film maker resources and information on the latest British films.

The broadband documentary channel from Channel 4 where you can upload or watch four minute documentaries from all around the world, as well as classic feature-length docs from the last 100 years. A selection of users' documentaries are seen by commissioning editors at Channel 4 and may get screened on Channel 4 or More4, or get a commission for making future film work for the channel. The site also has interviews, an extensive advice section and the latest news, events and competitions.

4 Talent
Channel 4 runs a number of talent schemes throughout the year for those wanting to get into TV, film, new media and radio. Their site also has some great advice, interviews and details of industry events.

Crossover UK
Are you an experienced filmmaker or New Media Producer living in Yorkshire or London? If so, you could be in with a chance to participate on this five day residential programme, collaborating with new media producers and games developers on innovative, interactive projects for cross-platform delivery.

The Smalls
The Smalls is an online curator of independent short film, committed to the discovery and promotion of new talent through their website, events and competitions. Members can promote their films, take part in exhibitions and rate other films.

Propeller TV
Propeller is a digital satellite television channel that screens 100% new and original programming. You can watch it on Channel 195 on SKY. It showcases the work of new and emerging film talent and reinvests any income it generates back into schemes that support new talent. Whether you're a student film maker or an independent film maker you can submit your work to be shown in Propeller's entertaining blend of features, shorts, film reviews and insights, and see if viewers vote for your film.

Now in its fourth year, Action is a training programme from Working Title Films that offers three one-year placements on an annual basis. Interns get hands-on experience behind the scenes of major feature films and are able to expand their skills and make valuable industry contacts. Applications for 2007 have closed, details of the 2008 scheme will be posted on the site later in the year.

Animator In Residence
The Channel 4 / National Museum of Photography, Film & Television (NMPFT) 'Animator in Residence' scheme offers new animators the chance to develop their short films in the new animation gallery at the NMPFT. Four animators will be chosen to develop their own original idea for a short animated film into a proposal for Channel 4 television's animation department, who will consider a full commission of the final production. Check the website for dates and deadlines for next year's scheme.

Mix and Mash
The Mix and Mash Film Contest invites you to create and remix Creative Commons and Public Domain digital content into a short video. All entries will be judged by a panel of experts and the best films will be screened at the National Film Theatre and featured on Google Video UK.

Radar Festival
Radar is partnering with 10 labels and 3 production companies to generate opportunities for new talent. Prizes include professional label commissions, professional mentoring and cash prizes. Finalists will get promotion in industry media and on festival tour circuits.

Future Shorts
Future Shorts are a short film label who have established a network where filmmakers can have their work seen on the largest exhibition platform in the world and where audiences can see an original and inventive slate of films. They run a monthly film festival 'Future Shorts Exhibition' which is taken to different venues around the UK, and they also organise special events. Use their online form to submit your shorts.

Encounters Short Film Festival
This annual festival, which takes place in Bristol in November, presents a major celebration and leading competitive showcase of short film from around the globe. It provides a forum for emerging talent and established industry professionals, designed to nurture creativity and innovation. There are various categories and awards, including several for animation. The deadline for submissions is usually in May.

MyMovie MashUp
The competition, run by Vertigo Films, Film4 and Myspace, has already received over 600 short films from directors looking to make a film with the industry partners at the end of the year with up to a £1million budget. Stage 1 has closed, but later in the year there will be a chance for actors, production crew and musicians to get involved.

BRITDOC Festival 2007
BRITDOC brings the leading international film producers, distributors and financiers to the UK to meet British talent face to face. The three-day festival is a think-tank for investigating new business models for funding and distributing documentaries. Take part in the pitching forum, and submit your documentary in one of the different categories.

Blastcast - advice
Film-maker Mat Whitecross shares his top filming tips and shows how you can make someone fly in your videos.



BBC Drama Writers Academy
The BBC Drama Writers Academy trains up to eight writers a year, over a period of twelve months. The training you receive will give you the specific skills required to write for some of the BBC's most popular format series such as Doctors, EastEnders, Holby City and Casualty. The deadline for applications is usually in May.

Writersroom Calendar
The BBC Writersroom website has some great advice and guidelines along with a calendar of events and writing opportunities.

Txt Lit
Txt Lit is a monthly 'micro story' competition which you can only enter by using your mobile phone. Each month there is a different theme, and as a single mobile phone text message contains just 160 characters, including spaces and punctuation - every word in your story will count!

The Biographers' Club Prize 2007
The £2,000 Biographers' Club Prize aims to finance and encourage uncommissioned first-time writers researching a biography. There is a £10 entry fee and applicants should submit a proposal of no more than 20 pages, including a synopsis and 10-page sample chapter, CV and a note on the market for the book, sources consulted and competing literature. The deadline is 1st August 2007.



4 Talent
Channel 4 runs a number of talent schemes throughout the year for those wanting to get into TV, film, new media and radio. Their site also has some great advice, interviews and details of industry events.

Festival4Stars Talent Competition
A UK talent contest open to all ages for singers, dancers and entertainers. Entry fees range from £10 to £25 and prizes include recording studio time and performance opportunities.

The Stage
The Stage is the newspaper for the performing arts industry. The Stage Online carries news and features, 'how to' guides and details of auditions, opportunities and industry jobs. Some areas are subscription only.



Masterclass Initiative
If you are aged between 17-30 or are a mature student then check out the Theatre Royal Haymarket's free Masterclass Initiative. The theatre offers a year-round programme of events and classes focussing on acting and performance, with directing, producing and writing also included.

BBC SoundStart
SoundStart is an initiative run by the BBC's Radio Drama department to find new radio acting talent. There are two schemes each year: The Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award is aimed at students from accredited drama schools and the Norman Beaton Fellowship encourages applicants from non-traditional training backgrounds. The website also has lots of information about becoming a radio drama actor and provides details of workshops and auditions.

Channel 4 / E4's popular show 'Skins' is inviting people to get involved in the production of the next series. There will be a number of opportunities including the chance to audition for a new role in the show.
** Site is for over 18's only: **

Dance and Drama Awards
If you think you've got the talent and the right attitude to make it big, you may be able to get a Dance and Drama Award to cover your costs. Dance and Drama Awards are for students over the age of 16 who want to work in the performing arts. They're available from some of England's leading private dance and drama schools and they'll help you pay for a place on a prestigious and well-respected course, whatever your financial circumstances.

Fantasy Archers
Join in 'The Archers' messageboard community and write your own episode of the famous radio drama. The top submissions will be shown on the website.

The Stage
The Stage is the newspaper for the performing arts industry. The Stage Online carries news and features, 'how to' guides and details of auditions, opportunities and industry jobs. Some areas are subscription only.

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