Magazine article Screen International

Melissa Iqbal, Stars of Tomorrow 2016

Magazine article Screen International

Melissa Iqbal, Stars of Tomorrow 2016

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After graduating with a degree in film and video from London College of Communication, Iqbal worked on various shorts and low-budget features as a crew member, an experience lacking the creative input that had made her interested in the craftin the first place.

"Writing was the answer to that, it was getting back to the reason why I wanted to be a film-maker," she recalls.

After getting onto the screenwriting MA at the National Film and Television School, Iqbal was able to begin experimenting with her creative impulses, working on projects including virtual-reality videogame Sandman, which was made for an early version of the Oculus Rift, and animation short My Stuffed Granny, about a young girl whose grandmother eats all the food her family buys.

Her graduation script was The Death Engine - about an immortal girl who wants to die - which "kicked everything off" for Iqbal after it landed her an AMPAS Nicholl Fellowship, the screenwriting initiative run by the US Academy. …

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