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South West Screen announces development slate

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South West Screen announces development slate

Screen agency South West Screen is backing writers, producers and directors with awards between £5000 and £10,000 to support script development.

The recipients are writer/director Lucy Catherine for modern day romance The Goldilocks Zone; writer/director Dan Gitsham and producer Sophie Mair for horror project Ella; writer/director Joe Magee for dystopian drama Boxy An Star, based on Daren King’s bestselling novel; writer Davey Jones and producer Lis Steele for teen romance Hanging Out With Zara Swift; and writer/director Rachel Tillotson for her untitled project.

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The awards come as In The Dark Half and Eight Minutes Idle near completion, the first two films from South West Screen’s iFeatures slate, backed by BBC Films, BFI, Matador and ContentFilm.

South West Screen’s Executive Producer Christopher Moll said, “Building on the momentum of iFeatures, these awards underline South West Screen’s commitment to invest in the very best ideas and talent in the region. This is an eclectic and exciting slate from filmmakers who have come up through shorts, radio, TV drama, artists’ film and micro features. What unites them is a desire to tell truly cinematic stories that will engage and appeal to a broad variety of audiences.”

“In some cases, we are providing continuity by giving follow on support to talent that has come through other schemes. For example, Lucy Catherine wrote the screenplay for the iFeatures film In the Dark Half, while we first knew Dan Gitsham through our Digital Shorts scheme last year. This type of ongoing support is so important in helping these filmmakers really progress in this tough industry,” he added.

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