Production Companies (UK) Accepting Unsolicited Scripts

Getting your unsolicited script made, or at least read by a production company is about the toughest way to break into the industry, but lots of people still ask me about it so here’s my two-pennies-worth…

If I go back only ten years I could have written a list here of nearly a hundred film and television production companies who would accept scripts submitted by new writers (writers they didn’t know, and who didn’t have an agent).  I know because I made a living reading for about twenty of them.  Sadly, that is no longer the case. It costs money to employ readers to plough through tens of thousands of scripts each year.  The reality is that of those thousands of spec scripts, only a handful will be good enough for the production company to want to develop it and try to get it made.  In essence the return on the money invested in reading unsolicited scripts is too small to make it viable for most companies.

However, maybe you are that one in ten thousand whose script is pretty much perfect but you don’t yet have an agent or any credits or a script competition win to your name.  So how do you get a production company to read your script?  Well, there are still a handful of places accepting unsolicited submissions.

I’ve listed below all the places I’ve found that do still accept unsolicited script submissions.  Check out their website and follow their submission guidelines. If in doubt, contact them and ask what their policy is.

BBC Writersroom – not a production company as such but as part of the BBC the Writersroom has the connections within the organisation to connect you and your project with the drama production part of the BBC.

BFI Film Fund – a funding source for script development and production but they are looking for submissions ideally from a team that can get the film made (writer/producer/director).

BabyJane Productions

Blast Films

Braidmade Films

Cascade Media – Writers’ Couch

Feelgood Fiction

Fidelity Films

Ipso Facto Films

Little Green Jade

One Eyed Dog Films

Phantom Pictures

Panther Pictures

Picture Palace

Red Production Company

Red Planet Pictures

RS Productions

Shooting People – online pitching available.  Subscription required.

Do bear in mind that I’m not recommending these production companies, I’m just pulling together information that’s already in the public domain.  It’s up to you to do your homework.

It’s also worth looking at emerging producers who are starting to get films made and might be looking for new projeccts. Look at who is being awarded funding by schemes like the BFI Film Fund or iFeatures2.

Also check out these great blog posts on making your submission a ‘solicited’ one:

‘Can’t Get Read? Yes You Can!’ by Lucy Hay (Bang2Write)

‘Submitting To Companies That Don’t Take Unsolicited Material’ by Ashley Scott Meyers.

Good luck!

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25 responses to “Production Companies (UK) Accepting Unsolicited Scripts

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  2. Great blogpost. Very informative and useful. Many thanks for that.

  3. Do you know of any radio/audio production companies that take unsolicited scripts?

    • I don’t I’m afraid and as I’m specialising in film & tv I won’t be researching a radio prod.co. list. Do give a shout out on twitter to see if other writers know of any.

  4. Have you heard of these people, Hayley? http://www.cascade-pictures.com/couch.html They have an open call out at the moment. They are new to me.

  5. Ah right. They are craftily calling it a competition!

    • I have written a feature length screenplays along with the books. The books and feature length screenplay were written with the capturing and holding an audience attention from the beginning to end. I have taken the liberty of placing the synopsis in the body of this e-mail for your reviewing. Upon request I will be glad to send a copy of the the script, or book. The books were written for those that like the books to movies idea . The scripts “SLEEPING WITH THE CROSS’ can be categorize with the movies and books, Roots, The color purple, A time to kill and the now movie Django and others of this nature. This script also placed in “The finalist of the “FADE IN MAGAZINE “, competition. I’m attaching possible use of the book covers for your viewing . Thank you for your time and I’m looking forward to your response. I’m submitting my necessary information.

      You may contact me by e-mail at, bnjarvis@yahoo.com, 253 229 2135 . My mailing address and my name is Bobbie N. Jarvis ,
      5201 B, Kearney loop El Paso TX. 79906

      The synopsis: “Only a true love affair will survive the test that these two would endure during this period of time where opposite does attract and by all means fall in love.”

      “SLEEPING WITH THE CROSS” Drama. The incredible story of a beautiful black woman and the man who dared to love her-only trouble is, he is the Grand Dragon of the KKK. It’s the worst sin he could commit. Newspapers are filling with scandal. This drama of love and life in the south is filled with romance and adventure as the beautiful black woman struggle against two races and violence he love generates. But while her people can forgive, the Klan cannot and in the end their love may cost the Grand Dragon his life. Alternate title: “Grand Dragon”

      ” MURDER FOR THE SAKE OF OUR FATHER” The love a father has for his twin sons are put to the test. The twins at the early ages of five while having the IQ of a ten year old . This has made the father even the more anxious to get the boys started on learning the tricks of the trade of being a detective . This well know detective, the best of his time could solve any case that is brought before him, but against his wife better judgment decides to train them up in the field of doing detective work by teaching them little by little on solving murder cases. As The twins have gotten older they would follow after their fathers footsteps hoping to become detective as well, but they turn the tables to see if their father is as good as the public think he is, while at the same time forgetting honor giving the word a hold new meaning. At the end, do the father know who’s committing these crimes and if so do he tell and face what will break his wife’s heart and destroying the marriage…..? Much, much, more to this twist!

      “TRAPPED IN THE LIGHT SWITCH” Haunting doesn’t begin to describe her love. During the opening title a marriage is breaking up due to a one time act of adultery done by the wife. After months of being stalked by the wife, the husband moves on when he feels that she has done the same and get engaged to a younger woman.When the ex-wife finds out she confronts him an argument ensue. A moment of anger,an inadvertent gesture ; and she falls against the wall hitting her head on the light switch causing them to go out for a few seconds and when they would come back on, what the ex-husband think is smoke is the spirit of the wife entering into the light switch. Now trapped inside of the walls moving at will though the wiring of the house at every flick of a switch trying to get out , but only while the new wife is present. The story really takes off after the spirit has made it’s way out, but how it gets out and where it goes and does will add a new twist to this story.

      • Hi Bobbie – thanks for the posting your synopsis but I think it might be best to approach people via email, rather than as a comment on a blog post, if you’re asking them to read your script or novel. Best of luck with it.

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  8. How would this work with those not living in the UK… say perhaps from USA. I assume it would be difficult to meet and greet if the script was worth a shot. But then again….. there’s Skype. lol

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  10. Reblogged this on Dira: The Quills and commented: :-D

  11. 10 episode true-to-life TV drama: UK has torn up magna carta; police lock up law-abiding citizens; persecute returning war heroes; protect paedophiles. Read first episode? rodsmithnews@hotmail.co.uk

  12. Thanks a lot for that. Very useful after the list of companies I’ve been sifting through to find they don’t accept anything.
    FM

  13. Thank you so much. I think I spoke to you a few weeks about the possibility of you editing one of my scripts. Definitely would love to work with you in the future.

  14. Looking for a great movie script to develop and produce.
    We are currently accepting unsolicited scripts with a view to developing one or two scripts to take to production. We are a small production company that’s London Based and looking for features and short series scripts. If you are a UK based writer and have a great script or script idea please in the first instance contact by email: info@capturevision.co.uk
    Please title your email script submission.
    I found this blog this morning and must say what a great blog for scriptwriters and I will be following in the future, a big thanks to Hayley.

    • Hi Steven

      If you’re on Twitter send a tweet mentioning me (@hayleymckenzie1) with the script call out and I’ll retweet for you. Is there a website writers can visit to look at your prod.co?

  15. Hi everyone,
    Thanks for your informative blog, my question is how to find the right production company for a big budget movie? My script is based around my experiences as a European fighter in the Libyan revolution, it will have to be a big budget movie as it has many action scenes and large scale sets. Your help or ideas on the matter would be appreciated. Housam Najjair.

    My script is based on this documentary… I am Irish Sam in that piece..

    https://voicesfromthefog.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/the-best-documentary-about-the-libyan-revolution/#comment-419

  16. Hi ScriptAngel,
    I have written a book and film script called GOLDIE KLOX AND THE TIME MACHINE.
    I can’t afford an agent, unfortunately.
    Do you know anyone who would be interested?
    It’s about Goldie Klox, a young woman, from the year 1904.
    She travels in a gold time machine to the year 2015.
    She meets, and falls in love with Edward Time.
    It is, overall, a romantic comedy.
    Kind Regards

  17. I have a true story about my self it’s a British catch me if you can would make a epic film if there’s a produer looking for a one off true story about my self in the1980s 19 years old pls contact me on 07884589589

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