The Edinburgh TV Festival is calling for emerging writers, performers and directors to enter its 2019 New Voice Awards.

The awards build on last year’s successful Debbie Awards with a new name, rebrand and an expanded number of categories recognising the best undiscovered creatives and the companies who do the most to support them.

The New Voice Awards echo the mission of the Festival’s two talent schemes, Ones to Watch and The Network which aim to make the industry more accessible to a broader range of individuals and to provide a prestigious platform for rising stars.

The ceremony, which takes place on 26 February at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, will also feature a panel debate and keynote interview picking up on the themes of Michaela Coel’s MacTaggart Lecture, in which she implored the industry to consider ways it could better support diverse voices and to “fix this house.”

“These awards show what happens when you take away the traditional gatekeepers and throw open the doors to everybody. Last year’s winners and nominees, several of whom had no previous broadcast credits, now have projects in development with leading production companies.”

Lisa Campbell, Festival Director

2018 winner of the All3Media New Voice Award, Shivani Thussu and All3Media’s Hannah Griffiths

 

Winners in 2018 included Shivani Thussu who went into paid development with All3Media for her script Paper, and Pip Swallow, whose prize was post-production on her pilot, courtesy of The Farm. Her pilot, Great Expectations, was subsequently selected to feature at Tribeca TV Festival.

The two new awards for 2019 are the Stage to Screen Writer/ Performer Award and the Best Agency for New Talent Award.

The final deadline for entries for all of these categories is Monday 21st January 2019