Magazine article Screen International

12 Feature Projects Shortlisted for Microwave Scheme

Magazine article Screen International

12 Feature Projects Shortlisted for Microwave Scheme

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Tony Grisoni, Asif Kapadia and Christopher Granier-Deferre are amongst those whose projects have been selected for Film London's Microwave scheme which is backed by BBC Films and Skillset.

Shortlisted film-making teams will now take part in a four day boot camp - Microschool - which will consist of seminars, masterclasses and mentoring from established directors, writers and producers including Clio Barnard, Pete Travis, Kate Leys and Jay Basu.

Following Microschool, the teams will this year be given an extended development period- before going in front of the greenlight panel in early 2012. Up to six features will be greenlit in February 2012.

Launched in 2006, the scheme gives London based film-makers the chance to shoot a feature for up to £120,000. Features to come out of Microwave include Eran Creevy's Shifty, Jes Benstock's documentary The British Guide To Showing Off which will be distributed by Verve Pictures in the UK in November and Frances Lea's Strawberry Fields which will have its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival.

The shortlist:

Benefield, produced by Trent Simpson and Ally Gipps; written by Ross Sutherland and Chris Hicks; directed by Kim Albright

Cornered, 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

Kingsland produced by Michael Elliott; written and directed by Tony Grisoni [pictured]

Lies Fibs Porkies produced by Jessica Levick; written by Andrew Callister; directed by Samantha Harrie

Lilting produced by Dominic Buchanan; written and directed by Hong Khaou

Night Haunts produced by Nicole Stott; written and directed by Eva Weber

Panic Buddy produced by Tom Leggett; written by Duncan Barrett; directed by Robert Mckillop

The Carer 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

White City produced by Ian Prior; written by Martin Stitt; directed by Aaron Anderson

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