Microwave Announces Shortlisted Projects
Date posted: 28.09.2011
Film London has unveiled the list of titles shortlisted for the next round of the ground-breaking Microwave scheme. 12 film-making teams have been selected to attend Microschool, a four-day 'boot camp' which combines seminars, masterclasses and personalised advice from recognised directors, writers and producers and which takes place this week.
Following Microschool, and new to the scheme this year, selected projects will then go onto enjoy an intensive four month development period. Up to six greenlit projects will be announced in early 2012.
The shortlisted projects are:
Produced by Trent Simpson and Ally Gipps; written by Ross Sutherland and Chris Hicks; directed by Kim Albright
Produced by Bruce Robertson; written and directed by Jim Cartwright
Death of a Pirate
Produced by Lisa Williams; written and directed by John Hardwick
Gone Too Far
Produced by Christopher Granier-Deferre; written by Bola Agbaje; directed by Destiny Ekaragha
Produced by Michael Elliott; written and directed by Tony Grisoni
Lies Fibs Porkies
Produced by Jessica Levick; written by Andrew Callister; directed by Samantha Harrie
Produced by Dominic Buchanan; written and directed by Hong Khaou
Produced by Nicole Stott; written and directed by Eva Weber
Produced by Tom Leggett; written by Duncan Barrett; directed by Robert Mckillop
Produced by Asif Kapadia; written and directed by Victoria Harwood
The Secret of Jean Baptiste
Produced by Rob Watson; written by Gabriel Vallejo; directed by Nicole Volavka
Produced by Ian Prior; written by Aaron Anderson; directed by Martin Stitt
Microwave is Film London and BBC Films' feature film-making scheme, supported by Skillset's Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future 2 and the Mayor of London. The scheme, which launched in 2006, challenges talented film-making teams to produce long-form films on a micro budget, providing dedicated hands-on training and mentoring from industry professionals. This year, Microwave mentors include director Pete Travis (Dredd, Vantage Point), producer Al Clark (London to Brighton) and script developer Kate Leys (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Full Monty).
For the past five years Microwave has enjoyed excellent results and has served as a launch pad for film-makers' careers. Recently finished films such as The British Guide to Showing Off or Strawberry Fields are making waves in the international festival scene, with the former enjoying great acclaim at the prestigious Karlovy Vary International Film Festival this summer and the latter set to receive its world premiere at the BFI 55th London Film Festival next month.