Exclusive: Playwright Charlotte Josephine has won the inaugural BBC Screenplay First Award, bestowed by BBC Films
and BBC Writersroom.
The prize was set up to reward UK writers with previous credits in theatre, TV or radio, who were yet to have a feature film produced.
A total of 445 scripts were submitted to BBC Writersroom for consideration, with the applications judged by Anne Edyvean
, head of BBC Writersroom, and Beth Pattinson
, development executive, BBC Films
Josephine, co-artistic director of Snuff Box
Theatre, will receive the £10,000 Award and get support from BBC Films
development team to develop her original feature screenplay.
Playwright Patricia Cumper was awarded a runner up prize of £5,000.
Edyvean said: “The standard of submissions was incredibly high, making it difficult to decide on the shortlist, let alone a single winner…In the end, we created a Runner Up award so as to offer both Charlotte and Pat a development opportunity with BBC Films