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Projects announced for London/Apulia Development and Co-Production Lab

Date posted: 02.02.2018

We are pleased to announce the projects selected for our Development and Co-production Lab, which will be delivered in partnership with Apulia Film Commission in February 2018.

The initiative, which brings together four projects from each territory, promises an intensive week of support, advice and expert guidance from industry professionals. The Lab - which builds on the training element of our Microwave feature film scheme - will culminate with the filmmakers pitching their projects to a group of international financiers for the chance to secure production funding.

The selected projects

The projects include black comedy The Curse Of The Three-Legged Spider from Rook Films' Andy Starke with Pietro Greppi; an adaptation of Italian best-seller 70 Percent Acrylic / 30 Percent Wool (winner of the Campiello First Novel Prize and a finalist for Italy's most important literary award, the Strega) and comedy Two's A Crowd from writer/director Ed Wiles, whose short film City Lights was part of our London Calling slate.

The projects selected for the Development and Co-production Lab are:

UK

  • Cowboy Man (Comedy drama. Writer Gabriele Lo Giudice; director Charlie Cattral; producer Duncan Way)
  • The Curse Of The Three-Legged Spider (Black comedy. Writer Eugenia Caruso; director Camille Griffin; producers Pietro Greppi, Andy Starke and Rook Films)
  • Sarafina & Rosa (Comedy drama. Writer/director Athena Mandis; producer Marilena Parouti)
  • Two's A Crowd (Comedy. Writer/director Ed Wiles; producers Femi Oyeniran and Victor Adebodun)

Italy

  • 70 Percent Acrylic / 30 Percent Wool (Drama. Writer Jeremy Parkinson; director Francesco G. Raganato; producer Carla Quarto Di Palo)
  • Cattre - The Death Lullaby (Horror. Writer Luca Pedretti; director Edo Tagliavini; producers Ivan D'ambrosio and Alessandro Riccardi)
  • My Best Friend (Crime drama. Writer Andrea Garello; director Riccardo Paoletti; producer Daniele Esposito)
  • Twinge (Psychological thriller. Writers Paolo Licata and Jacqueline Haigh; director Paolo Licata; producer Paolo Monaci Freguglia)

In it to win it

Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: "We can anticipate some friendly but fierce competition as our eight teams roll up their sleeves and get down to the brutal business of honing their scripts, ideas, plans and pitches. It's always fascinating to see how projects develop over the course of a week, and we're all intrigued to see who among them might leave the week having secured additional production finance."

Antonio Parente, CEO of Apulia Film Commission, said: "We're highly proud to co-operate with Film London and to expand our International presence in the audiovisual industry. Co-productions are our specific target and we are investing significant efforts, services and resources to demonstrate our commitment."

The Development and Co-production Lab will run from 5-9 February. The Lab is specifically geared towards feature films budgeted at €1m and below from filmmaking teams who are seeking co-production opportunities and keen to make use of the creative sector tax reliefs afforded by both territories.

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