EXCLUSIVE: Eight scripts selected from 1,400 submissions, including short from The Brothers Lynch.

Collabor8te, the short film collaboration launched by Rankin Film Productions, in partnership with The Bureau, Dazed & Confused and Nokia, has selected eight scripts for production backing and industry mentorship.

Each project will receive £10,000.

Amy Hubbard of Hubbard Casting will work on several of the projects, DoP Rob Hardy will work on Tracks, while Old Habits is written and directed by 2013 Screen Stars of Tomorrow The Brothers Lynch.

Rankin will oversee the slate with executive producers David Allain and Jess Gormley.

In its first year, the new talent initiative produced eight shorts featuring emerging and established talent including Robert Emms, Leila Mimmack, Bill Nighy and Stephen Mangan. Rory Alexander Stewart’s project Liar went on to win a Scottish BAFTA New Talent Award.

Tristan Goligher of The Bureau commented: “Now in its second year Collabor8te continues as a rare opportunity not just for the writers, directors and producers commissioned but also for us to work with some of the most exciting new filmmakers in the UK, following our ever growing desire to discover original and emerging voices.”

The eight films:

  • A Kindness Writer-director: Giles Ripley
  • Advent Writer: James Walker
  • Anywhere But Here Writer: Ursula Rani Sarma
  • Between Places Writer-director: Iain Finlay
  • Old Habits Writer-directors: The Brothers Lynch
  • Painkiller Writer-director: Carol Murphy
  • Serious Swimmers Writer-director: Andy Taylor Smith
  • Tracks Writer-director: Claire Oakley