On 18-22 April 2016, we had our Script Room initial workshop. It was truly awe-inspiring to see 9 feature film projects participating in the programme – selected from a total of 25 projects, gather to explore ways to develop their projects. The filmmakers were ranging from filmmakers on their first to third feature film. Notable participants: Ismail Basbeth (Another Trip to the Moon), Adriyanto Dewo (Tabula Rasa), Tumpal Tampubolon (Tabula Rasa), Irfan Ramli (Cahaya Dari Timur: Beta Maluku), among others.

The programme offers lectures, workshops, mentoring and project feedback. Now that the initial workshop is over, participants will receive further feedback on their revised scripts. From the initial nine projects, three will be chosen for further development and then, from the final three a single project will be offered financial support and the chance to visit the UK as part of a professional trip to learn more about the international film market. 

At the heart of the whole programme is the focus on the script and the future film story. This programme will ensure that each project undergoes rigorous and focused development so that the script is in the best possible state going forward. Each script faces its own problems and the importance of good development is about providing unique and specialised advice for each project. Script Room will bring this level of expertise to ensure that each project is given its own unique support and programme for development. 

We will be sharing the notes from the workshop on our website very soon, so stay tuned! 


Script Room Mentors

  • Programme Director, Angeli Macfarlane.

Angeli is a freelance film development consultant, script editor and producer. She recently launched her own training company called Script Cube and works for global and boutique brands, including Film4, Pathé, Carnival, MOFILM, Altered Image, Element Pictures, National Geographic Films, 42 Management, Optimism and Sony Pictures TV. Angeli’s expertise is in assisting writers, directors and producers in the development of feature film, TV drama and short film from script to screen. 

Her current slate includes a two-part drama for BBC Scotland to be co-produced with Andrea Calderwood at Slate, a six-part TV drama for BBC Drama and Avatar, Sharon Horgan’s (CATASTROPHE) first feature written by NFTS MA screenwriting graduate Fran Poletti, first feature by celebrated Brit novelist Emma Jane Unsworth and several other features for the BFI, Creative England and Screen Australia. Angeli is associate producer on upcoming feature about David Bowie and Iggy Pop for Altered Image Films and Creative England. She has recently script edited NOOR a Kashmir-set feature currently in pre-production.

In recent years Films Angeli made four feature films with Altered Image: DEATH OF A PRESIDENT, winner of an Emmy, BANFF and an RTS award, I AM SLAVE which was BAFTA nominated, the More4 feature documentary LITTLE MATADOR and OUTLAW PROPHET for Sony TV. With Element Pictures Angeli supported the development of John McDonagh’s THE GUARD. She also worked on Tinge Krishnan’s first feature JUNKHEARTS and Microwave film BORROWED TIME, released in 2013. 

Angeli teaches at the National Film & Television School in Script Development and on the Screenwriting MA. She lectures around the world and has produced film workshops most recently in Jakarta, Bangkok, London, Vilnius, Malta and Sydney.

  • Producer Mentor, Alicia Brown.

Alicia Brown began her producing career on high profile music programmes in Australia and also for the BBC.  She produced her first feature film HONEYMOONER in 2011 with writer director Col Spector and has recently completed her fourth feature by Cris Jones, entitled THE LIFE AND DEATH OF OTTO BLOOM. Alicia is currently adapting THEFT by well known Australian author Peter Carey with TOP OF THE LAKE writer Gerard Lee, as well as producing with the British Film Institute STEP THIRTEEN by British writer/director Tessa Sheridan. Alicia has worked with top US indie producer Ted Hope who has mentored her in the past. Alicia is also a tutor in producing at the National Film and Television School in Britain.

  • Director Mentor, Debs Paterson.

Debs made an explosive debut with her feature AFRICA UNITED. Produced by the BBC and Pathé, the film was shot. in 3 African countries and garnered many awards, including Best Debut Director at the British Independent Film Awards. Debs was also labelled a ‘Brit to Watch’ by BAFTA and subsequently was invited to appear on several film juries. Debs has also mentored new directors on British schemes such as Film London Microschool, London Calling and the BFI New Directors Scheme. Debs currently has several features in development and a large-scale TV drama series with the BBC based on a Charles Dickens classic. 


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