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10th International Audio Drama Festival
25-29 March 2024

This is the UNOFFICIAL WEBSITE for the International Radio Drama Festival. The latest news is posted at the TOP of the page; older information is lower down.

Official stuff (entry forms, admin, etc) is on the OFFICIAL festival website: radiodramafestival.org.uk .

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How does the festival work? 2024 2023 2022 2021

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UPDATE... FESTIVAL ENTRIES
The final submission count for this year’s festival is in and we are absolutely blown away by the overwhelming response. Our submissions team has been hard at work cataloguing and responding to all your applications - the next step is for our jury to start listening to all the amazing audio dramas we received. This is the most international festival we’ve had. The 217 entries are from 32 countries in 32 languages. We’ll be announcing the short list in a few weeks - so stay tuned!

7 Feb 24


RADIO DRAMA MATTERS NOW MORE THAN EVER
Your editorial on radio drama raises the question of whether it still matters (The Guardian view on radio plays: an underrated cultural resource that must be preserved, 19 January).

The answer must be a resounding yes. No other dramatic art form so directly demands that its audience is a creative partner; no other dramatic art form can take the audience anywhere, in any era; no other art form is so suited to our technologically sophisticated, culturally divided world.

In 2014, we ran the UK’s first international audio drama festival, sharing 30 plays from 12 countries, mostly the work of national broadcasters. In 2024, we have had 200 submissions from 26 countries on five continents, the vast majority by independent producers who will have distributed their work online. The 50 or so plays we choose to share with an in-person and online audience at the end of March in Canterbury will be in 23 languages and hugely diverse. With an English-language script to hand, these plays are truly a window into different cultures and a powerful international cultural connector.

Does radio drama matter? Yes, more than ever.
Melanie Nock
International Arts Partnership

(....The Guardian, 26 Jan 2024; reproduced by permission; thanks Mel)

27 Jan 24


UK INTERNATIONAL AUDIO DRAMA FESTIVAL
I'm pleased to report that 215 entries have been received for the 2024 Festival; double last year's total. Amazing! More information will be posted soon. Now for the mammoth job of sorting through the applications.

21 Jan 24


SUBMISSIONS: FOUR DAYS TO GO
Thinking about submitting to our festival? Then hurry up and get your applications in - submissions close this Friday.

We’re accepting feature length dramas (up to 60 min) and short form dramas (up to 7 min) in any language and from any country.

We promise, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss.

Apply here: https://ow.ly/QR5v50QqSX7

18 Jan 23


SUBMISSIONS: ONE MONTH TO GO

canterbury-pic-deadline

There's only 1 month left before submissions close on our 2024 festival.

We’re looking for:
-Full length & short form audio dramas
-International applicants
-A multitude of languages

Deadline is 19 Jan. Apply here:
https://ow.ly/Ri1M50QjKOE

19 Dec 23


YOUNG PRODUCERS' AWARD
From the UK International Radio Drama Festival ... "We’re thrilled to announce that the Deacon Award - sponsored by longtime supporters Nigel and Alison Deacon - is back this year for producers under the age of 30."

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Winners will be chosen from the festival shortlist and will receive a prize of £1,000.
Eager to have your work featured in our 2024 festival? Apply now to be considered. Click the festival link at the top of the page.

7 Dec 23


ENTRIES UPDATE

map showing country of entries

Uk, Germany, France, Italy, America, Iran, Argentina.

6 Dec 23


THIS YEAR: VENUE IS THE CATHEDRAL LODGE
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

Thinking of joining us in person for our 2024 festival? We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be in a brand-new venue, The Canterbury Cathedral Lodge.

You'll enjoy a fantastic and eclectic mix of international radio dramas whilst nestled in the heart of the Canterbury Cathedral Precincts - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The space is not only steeped in rich history, but it’s also a stunning location for celebrating over 100 years of AudioDrama and the 10th anniversary of our festival.

Want to feature your work? Submissions are open and there’s still plenty of time to apply - though don’t wait too long or you’ll risk missing out! Find out more here:
https://ow.ly/c7nY50QbUT0

29 Nov 23


THIS YEAR'S ENTRIES - UPDATE
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This year, we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of our festival with the theme
The Accomplishment of Many Years.

Entries are invited for full-length and short form work in any language and from any country - so send us what you've got.

Entries coming in now ...... two months to go before the deadline. Remember that if you commit to joining the jury, we will accept your work into the festival.

22 Nov 23


ABOUT THIS EVENT
The UK International Audio Drama Festival 2024 is back. A unique chance to hear wonderful audio drama lasting from 1 minute to 1 hour. A whole range of languages but English translations provided . A rare chance to hear work from other cultures and other countries. Everyone welcome to join the jury discussion at the end of the day and even to join the jury and make awards. Thanks to our sponsors: ALCS, Arts Council England, Canterbury BID and Nigel and Alison Deacon.

Location: Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, 25-29 March 2024. We look forward to welcoming producers and audience alike for an exciting and stimulating week of listening and discussion.


ONLINE LISTENING SESSIONS
The UK International Audio Drama Festival 2024 will be available for real-time collective online listening in our new hybrid festival format

Listening to audio drama with others is a rare treat! After the success of last year's online festival, we are offering those who cannot make the journey to Canterbury, the opportunity to enjoy the spirit of the festival but online. Hosted, collective zoom sessions will bring the festival to you where you are and enable you to share the joy with others around the world. We hope also to enable remote participation in the jury sessions too.

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WHAT ABOUT ALL THOSE LANGUAGES?



THE 2024 FESTIVAL IS NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

We're excited to announce that our 2024 Festival has opened for submissions with a closing date of 19 Jan 2024.

There are two categories for this year's event: full length and short form. Cash prizes are available in both categories for the winning works chosen by the jury. Application forms and regulations are available on the website.

The regulations and appplications forms can be found on the Festival website, here .

And we are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone back in person for a week of wonderful listening, and conversation.



Deacon Award
We are delighted to announce that this award will continue; it is for young producers under the age of 35. The Deacon Award will chosen by the jury from the shortlisted works. This award is generously sponsored by our long time supporters, Nigel and Alison Deacon.



Back to Canterbury

We are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone back to Canterbury for an in-person event. There is no substitute for a conversation over a cup of coffee or pint of beer and the opportunity to get to know people and their work in more depth. And we know how much audiences love listening to audio drama together.

But we also understand that a range of constraints will always prevent some people from travelling so we are building on the success of last year’s online festival and will ensure that anyone can tune in remotely too.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


SUBMISSIONS
Deadline will be 19 January.

We can't wait to listen to the amazing works you send us this year. Hope to see you all in Canterbury!

To get in touch with the Festival team, please email radiodramafestival@gmail.com






COVID ISLAND DRAMAS, 4
Andy Jordan, producer of more radio plays than we can count (not counting The Archers).
Covid Island, episode 4


COVID ISLAND DRAMAS, 3
Jonathan Keeble, radio actor, and voiceover artist, interviewed by Clive Perrott.
Covid Island, episode 3


COVID ISLAND DRAMAS, 2
Jack Klaff, actor, writer and academic, interviewed by Maureen Younger.
Covid Island, episode 2


COVID ISLAND DRAMAS, 1
Nigel Deacon, radio drama collector, chemist and apple breeder, interviewed by Jack Klaff.
Covid Island, episode 1



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