Magazine article Screen International

'Prevenge','The Levelling' Directors Shortlisted for BFI, IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award

Magazine article Screen International

'Prevenge','The Levelling' Directors Shortlisted for BFI, IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award

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A shortlist of four emerging British film-makers has been drawn up for the inaugural $65,000 (£50,000) IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award, which is presented in association with the BFI.

The award is designed to support a writer/director at the beginning of their career, giving them the financial stability and time to develop future projects.

All four directors have produced their debut feature this year, and each one has been selected to play at this year's BFI London Film Festival (LFF, Oct 5-16).

The selected directors are:

Alice Lowe, whose debut feature Prevenge recently premiered as the opening film at Venice Film Festival's Critics' Week and will play in LFF's Laugh strand. She was also the recipient of the inaugural Screen International Horror Rising Star Award in August.

Hope Dickson Leach, whose drama The Levelling premiered in TIFF's Discovery strand and will European premiere in Official Competition at LFF.

Joseph A. Adesunloye, whose White Colour Black is set to premiere at LFF in the Journey programme.

Paul Anton Smith, director of Have You Seen My Movie?, world premiering in LFF's Experimenta strand.

The shortlisting panel was comprised of director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham), acting head of BBC Films Joe Oppenheimer, Film4's head of development Rose Garnett, BFI LFF director Clare Stewart and Ben Roberts, director of the BFI Film Fund. …

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