CHRIS ANDREWS
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Chris combines his skills as a cinematographer with the written word to create a unique visual style of storytelling. He was shortlisted as a writer/director for Film London’s Microwave scheme for his screenplay PAPER BOATS. As part of the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival Network scheme, Chris is developing his project SCUTTLER, a British Western. He is mentored by Peter Straughan (TINKER TAILOR SOILDER SPY) and is also a member of the Bressonians – a group of prominent filmmakers whose work is influenced by the late Robert Bresson. Chris’s award provides support towards creating a website and a rip reel for his latest film.
CHRIS DUNDON
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Chris is an award winning writer and director with a passion for storytelling and performance. After graduating from university, Chris decided to pursue a career in filmmaking and found great success on the film festival circuit with his first short film, BRO. The film screened in competition at over twenty international film festivals, receiving critical acclaim and winning a host of audience and jury awards along the way. Chris is currently working on a new short film, LITTLE RAVEN and was recently selected for the Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab. Chris’s award provides help with production costs for his new short film.
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OONAGH KEARNEY
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Born in Bristol and raised in Cork, Oonagh completed her Masters in Irish Theatre at Trinity College Dublin. Having worked with theatre directors in the USA, Oonagh‟s introduction to film began with casting Ken Loach’s, THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY. She went on to cast a further five feature films before embarking on a career as a writer-director. Since graduating from the NFTS Oonagh has written and directed award-winning short films that have had television broadcasts and won international awards. She is currently focussing on feature film ideas. Her award provides support towards living costs whilst she develops her current projects.
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GAIA MEUCCI
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Gaia has worked in the film industry in both the UK and France, with her main focus being on film festivals and programming. In 2009/2010 she was the Short Film programmer for the Edinburgh International Film Festival. In 2011 she managed the international sales and distribution of the short film catalogue for Parisian Production Company, Autour de Minuit‟s. Since 2012 Gaia has been the Short Film Programme Manager of the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol. She also runs workshops and gives lectures on short film programming and works as a reviewer with Sight and Sound online for their short film dedicated column, BYTES. Gaia‟s award provides support towards living costs to enable her to take a part-time secondment.
MARK RUDDICK
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Mark has worked in film and television for the past five years as a stunt co-ordinator and producer. He was part of the creative team behind Indie successes, ZOMBIES and THE UNDER WATER REALM. Mark will soon complete his training to become a full member of the UK Stunt Register, which is made up of the best stunt performers and co-ordinators, working with both the major studios and across larger UK Productions. Mark’s award is a bursary to cover fees for short courses so he can complete his training.
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SANDHYA SURI
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A graduate in Pure Mathematics and Languages, Sandhya Suri received a scholarship to study documentary at The National Film and Television school. Her feature documentary I FOR INDIA screened in World Competition at Sundance Film Festival and at over twenty other international film festivals, winning several awards and being released theatrically in the U.K. Sandhya spent several years in international development, filming a wide range of issues and realities. Her award provides support towards living costs whilst she develops her first fiction feature film.
GARETH TUNLEY
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Gareth is a writer, director and performer. He co-wrote and co-starred in two Edinburgh Fringe shows, winning the BBCi Comedy Award in 2001 and later joining the acclaimed “Ealing Live!” comedy team. He has directed various short films as well as clips and ‘virals’ for the web, TV pilots and music promos. Recent directing credits include the ‘making of’ documentary about Ben Wheatley’s Film Four feature, A FIELD IN ENGLAND. He is currently in pre-production for online sketches for Channel 4 / Tiger Aspect, while also in post-production on his first feature film – Gareth’s award provided help with production costs.
RACHEL TUNNARD
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Since receiving her JBA award, Rachel has made a short film (EMOTIONAL FUSEBOX) that premiered at London Film Festival and has been nominated for a BAFTA and a BIFA and won the audience award at the Short Film Festival, Berlin. She has also shot her first feature film – HOW TO LIVE YOURS – supported by Creative England and the BFI Net.Work. The film is currently in the edit and will be distributed in the UK by Koch Media. She was recently named as one of the ‘Creative England 50’ – people they have identified as ‘amongst the most inventive, innovative and creative minds’.
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