In addition to its work with the Screenwriters' Festival, South West Screen is also launching a new Screenwriter Development Competition.

Oscar-nominated writer William Nicholson (Gladiator), will mentor the winner of the award, who will also receive about $6,000. The competition will be open to writers in the South West region of the UK.

'Through the scheme, South West Screen is looking to develop a feature-length screenplay with mainstream appeal from a screenwriter based in the South West of England,' said the regional agency's head, Caroline Norbury. 'We are looking for a feature length screenplay with commercial potential to take to the next stage.'