Creative England, BFI Film Fund and BBC Films have selected eight projects for the full development stage of iFeatures2.
The eight, from an original slate of 16, will now go through a period of paid script development before three films are greenlit into production in early 2013, on budgets of £350,000 each. The partners will fully finance.
Successful applicants include BAFTA-nominated Martin Radich, Screen International Star of Tomorrow Jonathan Entwistle, shorts director Alex Taylor whose Kids Might Fly picked up the Special Jury prize at SXSW, editor Rachel Tunnard (Skeletons) who was recently named in BAFTA’s Brits to Watch, two-time Edinburgh Fringe First winner and shorts director Guy Myhill, Misfits Online director Al Mackay, TV director David Jackson (Clocking Off and No Angels) and Nottingham Playhouse and Soho Theatre director Esther Richardson whose film work includes shorts The Cake and Wings.
They are joined by writers Ed Hime (Skins), Ed Aldridge (Tan Lines), Regina Moriarty (C4 Coming Up) and advertising copywriter turned screenwriter Ross Jameson.
Rounding out the teams are producers; Michael Berliner, Dominic Buchanan, Rachel Dargavel, Finlay Pretsell, Nicola Bowen, Miranda Fleming, Lee Goombridge and Nicola Clayton.
Creative England also plans to offer further development investment outside of iFeatures2 to a number of the projects that didn’t make it through to the last eight.
Tristan Goligher, iFeatures2 executive producer, said: “From a slate of 16 strong projects it was not an easy process to choose eight. But just a glance at those selected ideas, and teams shows the quality of emerging filmmakers in the UK and the commitment of iFeatures2 to the most distinctive voices and stories.”
Two of the films from the original iFeatures recently received their first public outings. Al Siddons’ In the Dark Half was released theatrically by Verve Pictures while Kasia Klimkiewicz’s Flying Blind premiered at the 2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival where it was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature.
The eight selected iFeatures2 projects/teams are:
Still Night, Still Light
Writer/Director: Alex Taylor
Producer: Nicola Bowen
Writer/Director: Guy Myhill
Producer: Lee Groombridge
Writer/Director: Martin Radich,
Producer: Finlay Pretsall
Writer: Ross Jameson
Director: David Jackson
Producer: Miranda Fleming
I Could Live Yours
Writer/Director: Rachel Tunnard
Producer: Michael Berliner
The Summer Child
Writer: Regina Moriarty
Director: Esther Richardson
Producer: Nicola Clayton
Writer: Ed Hime
Director: Al Mackay
Producer: Rachel Dargavel
Writer: Ed Aldridge
Director: Jonathan Entwistle
Producer: Dominic Buchanan