ADAM BISKUPSKI
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Adam is a freelance editor, specialising in independent & documentary film. Self taught with production experience in the UK & US, he settled in the cutting room, drawn to bold stories with strong visual settings. His feature debut THE GOOB premiered at Venice Film Festival (2014), and was in competition at London Film Festival & Dinard (2014). His shorts include Lynne Ramsay’s BAFTA winning SWIMMER, JONAH (BIFA nominated) and EKKI MÚKK (Winner Best UK Short LSFF). His 1st assistant editor credits include WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, MR NICE and UNMADE BEDS. His award provides assistance with the cost of a studio space for his edit suite.
LUCY BRYDON
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Writer and filmmaker, Lucy Brydon trained in Film Directing at Columbia Film School in New York and on the Writing Programme at the University of Warwick. She has produced and directed short films, commercials and television dramas in the UK, US and China. Lucy’s feature script SICK(er) is being developed as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival Network Programme. Her novel SHANGHAI PASSENGER will be published in early 2015. Lucy also writes academically on film with a focus on Scottish cinema and gender. Her award provides help with production costs for her new short film.
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MAHDI FLEIFEL
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Born in Dubai and raised in Ain El-Helweh refugee camp in Lebanon, Mahdi graduated from the National Film and TV School in 2009. In 2010 Fleifel set up the production company Nakba FilmWorks with Irish producer Patrick Campbell. Their first feature, A WORLD NOT OURS (2012), premiered in Toronto and has since played over 140 festivals and picked up 34 awards, including the Peace Film Prize at the Berlinale 2013 and the Yamagata, Edinburgh and DOC:NYC Grand Prizes. Mahdi recently completed a new short, XENOS, which premiered at Berlinale 2014. He has been selected for the Guiding Lights mentoring scheme and is now developing his new feature project, MEN IN THE SUN. His award provides help to attend the Binger Filmlab.
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LORNA HARTNETT
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Lorna studied TV production, radio broadcasting and film-making at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. Graduating with a First in Media Studies in 2008, she pursued her lifelong ambition of working in television and was a researcher and assistant producer, working on a variety of formatted and reality/entertainment productions for Ireland’s national broadcaster. Lorna’s goal is to move into format development and series producing, specifically in the area of factual entertainment. She is currently completing a Master’s degree in Producing & Directing Television Entertainment at the National Film & Television School. Her award provides assistance towards tuition fees.
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CHARLOTTE HUDSON
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Charlotte is a Sheffield-born writer, actress and presenter. She formed comedy double-act TWO LEFT HANDS with Leila Hackett, performing two sell-out Edinburgh shows and garnering a Best Debut vote by The Observer. As commissioned writers, they wrote for Radio 4’s RECORDED FOR TRAINING PURPOSES and BBC2’s WATSON & OLIVER. A TV sitcom was optioned by Brown Eyed Boy, and various TV and radio projects developed with CPL Productions. In 2014 they were commissioned to write their first screenplay by twice-BAFTA nominated Moonspun Films. Charlotte’s on-screen credits include BBC2’s BRUISER and LEAD BALLOON, Sky One series BRAINIAC, C4’s BIG BROTHER’S LITTLE BROTHER and co-hosting BBC1’s WATCHDOG. Her award supports living costs while she develops her writing slate.
HERO MACKENZIE
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Growing up in Shepherd’s Bush inspired Hero’s interest in multiculturalism and class. She received a distinction for her MA in Screenwriting at the London Film School after which she worked within the British film industry, assisting director Stephen Poliakoff and screenwriter Tony Grisoni. A passion for British social realism – in particular the films of Andrea Arnold and Shane Meadows – influenced Hero’s desire to write and direct. She received a bursary to study an MA in Filmmaking at the London Film School and her award provides support towards tuition fees.
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AMANDA RICHARDSON
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Born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in London, Amanda is a screenwriter who loves writing in all genres. She was recently awarded a grant from Napier University to develop her adult animation idea dinosaurs in heaven. Her short film script “Pushing Buttons” reached the finals for the IMDB Script to Screen Award and will be made next year with the help of Bath Spa University. She made her break into the industry in 2013 writing for CBeebies DINOPAWS which inspired her to develop a pre-school series of her own. This year she was also selected for the Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab and was shortlisted for Funny Women’s Comedy Writing Award for her sitcom script PAPERCUPS. Her award provides support to develop an animatic and bible for her project NIGHT AND DAY.
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ROSIE TAYLOR
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Rosie has worked in the film exhibition sector with Afrika Eye Film Festival, Slapstick Festival, and Bristol based silent film organisation Bristol Silents, for the past two years. She is currently Assistant Curator and Head of Digital Media for Slapstick Festival and a voluntary member of the Bristol Silents programming team. She is completing an internship with Afrika Eye as Assistant Curator, and working as an event producer for the festival. She was invited to join Afrika Eye’s board of directors in 2013 and is currently developing her career as a film programmer, curator and historian. Rosie’s award supports her living costs to enable her to curate Afrika Eye’s 2015 festival.
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GAVIN SCOTT WHITFIELD
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Playwright and Screenwriter, Gavin has six film credits, including the BAFTA-nominated THE LAST REGAL KING SIZE. He has had experience as a writer-in-residence in Switzerland and was for a number of years an Investigative Reporter for The Sunday Mirror, also collaborating on a couple of true crime books. He has written and broadcast for the BBC (including his 2007 BBC Radio 3 programme about Liverpool, BACKWASH). Gavin received The Alan Clarke Award for his screenplay for Liverpool crime drama LEAVE-TAKING, in 2010. In the last two years he has written and directed two short films, THOMAS HARTLEY and THE SLAIN, and is attempting to use this work to further his claim to make a first feature. His award has allowed him to finish post-production on THE SLAIN.