After the success of last year’s inaugural ‘New Blood’ search for new writers in the horror genre, the hunt is on for another batch of scribes to cook up a potent cauldron of original ideas and devilish tales. And the search starts now!

NEW BLOOD 2 finds FrightFest once again teamed with Giles Edwards of Queensbury Pictures, which aims to find new writers and nurture their project from script to screen.

One of last year’s entries, thriller BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION, is now in pre-production, and is one of Queensbury Pictures’ first titles out of the traps. Written by Phil Drinkwater and Tim Woodall, it will be directed by Jacob Gentry (The Signal, Syncronicity).

The successful short listed applicants will workshop their ideas in a group setting under the guidance of top industry professionals and genre experts which this year includes BAFTA-nominated UK producer Jack Tarling (God’s Own Country; Await Further Instructions) who is joined again by horror icon Barbara Crampton, director (THE RANGER) and producer (PSYCHOPATHS) Jenn Wexler and Queensbury Pictures’ Giles Edwards.

At this stage, we are only asking for log lines and a short 200-word synopsis. This is regardless of whether or not you already have written the completed screenplay.  Do not send completed screenplays.

If you don’t have a completed screenplay don’t worry and you can still apply. In this case your application can be in the form of a fully fleshed out idea.

The NEW BLOOD networking and workshop event will be held at on Thursday 23rd August, the opening day of this year’s festival, in a Central London venue. Applications are open from Wed 4 July. The deadline is Thurs 2 August.  All successful applicants will be notified by 9th August.

Interested?  Good. Now read the terms and conditions first HERE. Boring we know, but important.

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