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More than 350 applications have been received just seven places on this year’s Young Films Foundation Skye screenwriting residency programme.
The programme provides the lucky participants with the chance to develop a screenplay for a feature film or TV drama or comedy series with individual support from established industry mentors as well as receiving inspiring masterclasses and tutorials from well-known film and TV writers, directors, and producers.
Each script will be commissioned and paid for by one of the following: BBC Drama, Sky, Channel 4 Drama, Channel 4 Comedy, Film4, BBC Films and BBC/MG Alba.
The programme, which began this week, Thursday June 24, will culminate in writers bringing their developed scripts for a week-long residency in Skye where every aspect of their scripts will receive in-depth analysis from mentors, experts, and commissioners.
Time will also be given for the writers to work with established actors and directors on scenes from their draft scripts in the studio.
The successful 2021/22 screenwriters are:
•Aileen Ritchie & Manu Kurewa (Writing Partnership) – Mentor: John Collee (writer – Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Hotel Mumbai (AACTA Nominee Best Screenplay 2019), Happy Feet)
•Holly Tennant – Mentor: Joe Thomas (writer and actor – The Inbetweeners (Channel 4), Chickens (Channel 4), White Gold (BBC))
•Keiron Nicholson – Mentor: Hilary Martin (producer – From Darkness (BBC), In The Flesh (BBC – BAFTA Winner Best Mini-Series 2014), In The Dark (BBC))
• Lana Pheutan – Mentor: Mairead Hamilton (writer and director – Bannan (BBC Alba))
• Lorna King –– Mentor: Stevie Lee (producer – Frank, The Reason I Jump (BIFA Winner Best Documentary 2021)
•Nas Saraei –– Mentor: Hania Elkington (writer and producer – The Innocents (Netflix))
•Rachelle Atalla –– Mentor: Olivia Hetreed (writer – Girl with a Pearl Earring (BAFTA Nominated Best Screenplay, Adapted 2004), Wuthering Heights, Spy Princess)
Programme founder Chris Young said: ‘We were astonished by the sheer volume of applications for this year’s programme, and it has been a tough process narrowing it down.
‘Overall, we’ve been very impressed by the quality and range of submissions, and the passion expressed for screenwriting expressed by so many.
‘It’s encouraging for us to see how much Scotland’s new talent appreciates the unique opportunity offered by this programme, and it’s clear that there is an important gap here in Scotland which we’re hoping to fill – namely to connect up the talent with the bigger industry out there and feed the ambition of these new voices.’
Beth Willis, who has teamed up with Chris Young to run the programme, added: ‘Together with our mentors and incredible range of inspiring experts we will give these eight Scottish screenwriters the time to find their writing voice with support and
feedback and encouragement throughout the year.
‘A commissioned script and a relationship with the broadcaster commissioners is the holy grail in this industry – and all participants will have instant access to both.’
The programme will cumulate in a week-long immersive residency in June 2022, where participants, mentors, experts and commissioners will come together to discuss and develop their work with further masterclasses and networking on the Isle of Skye.
More info about Young Films Foundation can be found at www.youngfilmsfoundation.co.uk.