I am incredibly grateful to have benefited from The Family Support Fund which specifically targets parents and carers who need financial help with childcare or caring responsibilities.
The 12-month pilot scheme is a joint partnership with Raising Films and the Film & Television Charity to provide short term financial support.
A special thanks also to The Film & Television Charity and Northern Film + Media for their recent support through the Going Places Fund - which offers grants to cover travel and subsistence expenses for individuals needing to attend training, interviews or pitches.
My short comedy THE MAN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE GARDEN (as writer-director) is currently in post-production. Produced by Karen Newman of Hidden Door Production the short features Denise Black, Paul Bradley and Clare Calbraith.
In September I was invited onto the Story Futures Academy Ideate Bootcamp in partnership with Creative England, The two-day Bootcamp was open to those in the film, television, theatre or games industry keen to explore immersive storytelling and develop the skills and knowledge required to become a creator in VR/AR or MR.
My short comedy audio monologue FEEDING TIME (as writer-director) featuring Cathy Breeze premiered on BBC Radio Manchester as part of BBC Upload in July. The recording is now available online here.
My short film FELLAZ (as director) has been selected to feature as part of High Peak Independent Film Festival at the end of October.
My short comedy short script THE MAN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE GARDEN made the final 50 of InterConnected with BBC Writersroom out of 6803 scripts. Though the script didn't make the final 10 (which saw scripts produced and then screened across the BBC's platforms).
THE TENANCY, a short film script, which I wrote for third year graduates acting students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has been selected to feature as part of Birmingham Film Festival in addition to be nominated for the Best Ensemble Cast Award.
I'm incredibly grateful to have been selected to be a part of this year's Widening the Lens scheme with Encounters Film Festival supported by ScreenSkills.
In February (as director-producer) the final episode of the four part audio drama OMEGA was released by BBC Audio Drama Award winning prodution company Wireless Theatre.
At the end of 2019 I was chosen (as a director-producer) to be one of four finalists in Audible's Audio Drama Production Competition with sound designer extraordinaire Paul Darling and had the pleasure of working with a great team at Audible's studios to produce a 21 minute audio drama that I'm incredibly proud of. Though we didn't win - missing out on a £5000 budget for our next production, the feedback we've received was fantastic.
I was recently selected to be part of Open Horizons #2, a new 6 month initiative to help early career professionals overcome disadvantages caused by their geographical location. The scheme is financed by The Film & TV Charity and managed by Northern Film + Media and NFM Academy.
In January 2019 I made the final three of The Pitch - Film Competition 2018 with THE END after pitching live to a panel of industry judges at Pinewood Studios - narrowly missing out on £30,000 of short film funding and production support.
My initial 2-minute proof of concept film can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/333841377
Having secured development funding the script is now locked and I'm in the process of applying for funding in order to take the short into production.
(Runner-up in The Pitch - Film Competiton 2018 - award presented by Toyah Willcox - Photo: Scot Openshaw)