Young Films Foundation, CCA
Meet the successful interviewees–Industry Drinks Event 26 February, 2018 6 p.m.
Chris Young is delighted to announce that 17 candidates have been shortlisted from an initial list of over 100 applicants for the Young Films Foundation residence on the Isle of Skye, to be held this year in May, www.youngfilmsfoundation.co.uk
Following the interviews at the Glasgow Film Festival, we will present the 6 successful interviewees between 6:00 and 7:00pm during the Industry Drinks Event, hosted by the Young Films Foundation and Channel 4. To be held at the CCA, Glasgow on 26 February.
The Young Films Foundation is an exciting new not-for-profit company created by Young Films to develop new Scottish writing, directing and producing talent for feature film, TV drama and comedy. Supported by Film4, Channel 4, MG Alba, Creative Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, The List, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Torabhaig Distillery.
Chris Young from Young Films said:
‘In our pilot year, we have been struck by the quantity and quality of projects submitted by applicants. The majority of candidates have a media/film school background, with a number having acting experience and many writing, directing and producing short films. There is a strong Scottish and Highland subject matter, with a mix of contemporary and period settings. We are pleased to see a healthy 50/50 split between male and female applicants. The panel certainly found it challenging to make the shortlist.’
Taking inspiration from schemes like the Sundance Feature Film Programme the YFF aim is to develop new Scottish work by bringing new talent to Skye where they will receive first class guidance as well as the freedom to focus on the creative development of their projects.
Sue Bruce-Smith, Deputy Director, Film4, said:
‘Film4 are delighted to support this dynamic new initiative from Young Films. Identifying and supporting emerging talent is a key part of Film4’s remit, and what more idyllic way to allow the next generation time and space to develop their ideas than on the island of Skye. The projects submitted spanned a fascinating range of genre, setting and tone. We look forward to meeting the shortlisted applicants in Glasgow.’
Mark Thomas, Screen Officer, Creative Scotland, said:
‘Creative Scotland are delighted to be supporting The Young Films Foundation’s new talent development programme and are excited to see the project enter its shortlisting stage. We wish the 17 projects well as they pitch for a place on the programme to take place at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on Skye. The pilot will offer them a unique opportunity to develop their projects with experienced industry practitioners across feature film, comedy and broadcast drama’.
Deborah Dunnett, Nations & Regions Manager, Channel 4, said:
‘I’m not surprised the scheme attracted such a large and creatively impressive group of applicants. This sort of initiative is a brilliant way to give talent the chance to develop their skills but also to showcase just how many exciting, new, diverse voices Scotland has to offer. We are delighted to be working with Chris and look forward to spending time with the applicants’.
Robin Hodge, Publisher, The List, said:
‘The List has supported filmmaking in Scotland for many years. In 2003, we published the guide to the 50 Best Scottish Films of all Time and we are keen to encourage the next generation to develop their talent. We welcome the initiative of the Young Films Foundation which could make a real impact in opening up opportunities for filmmaking in future.’
Alaistar Nicolson, Senior Development Manager, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, said:
‘We are pleased to support the talent development programme where new creative media talent will benefit through mentoring support. Young Films’ reputation and its success in developing productions have a significant impact on generating local and regional opportunities, as well as throughout the Scottish film and television industry. The continued strengthening of the sector will also benefit other parts of the economy, including tourism which is a key focus for HIE.’
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