Northwest Vision and Media has selected six finalists in its Digital Departures micro-budget scheme.

The six teams now working on scripts and three will be greenlight by an industry panel for funding of $502,000 (£250,000) each.

The projects are: documentary Time And The City written and directed by Terence Davies and produced by Solon Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter; drama The Don written by Jeff Young and Pete Wylie and produced by Tishna Molla; drama Starstruck written by Leigh Campbell, directed by Lindy Heymann and produced by Andy Stebbing; comedy Whores With Guns written by John Bishop, directed by James Marquand and produced by Philip Evers; comedy/drama Left Handed written and directed by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor and produced by Julie Lau; and horror Salvage written by Colin O'Donnell, directed by Lawrence Gough and produced by Alan Pattison.

'We've been able to attract some of the country's finest creative talent to this initiative and as we near the deadline for choosing the final three films, the quality of the projects has just been phenomenal,' said Lisa Marie Russo, Executive Producer for Digital Departures.

Other backers of the scheme include Liverpool Culture Company, the UK Film Council and the BBC.