North East talent progresses to Triangle final

Posted: 26th November 2012

Northern Film & Media and Screen Yorkshire have confirmed the finalists for this year’s Skillset-funded Triangle talent initiative.

The national programme, which encourages the formation of producer, director and writer ‘triangles’, will now receive a £20k development funding boost from Creative England  to be split across the four projects. The teams include writer James Harris from Teesside and writer/director Ian Cottage from Newcastle.

The successful projects are:

Shock Exit For Sidney: writer James Harris, producer Sarah Brocklehurst, director Duska Zagorac

Wild Dog Country: writer Jessica Sinyard, producer Rachel Connors, director Gabrielle Russell

Glastonbury Trip: writers Lindsay Williams & Peter Kerry, producer Sarah Brocklehurst, director Oonagh Kearney

Foxglove: writer/director Ian Cottage, producer Sol Papadopoulos

The projects were selected by the Triangle mentors, Hugo Heppell (head of investments – Screen Yorkshire), Caroline Cooper-Charles (senior talent Executive north – Creative England), Alby James (producer/script consultant) and Ivana MacKinnon (producer), with the assistance of David Wilkinson of Guerrilla Films and Anna Seifert-Speck of Creative England.

“Triangle has once again produced a slate of distinctive, commercial film projects that fuse the skills of exciting writers, directors and producers from across the UK,” said John Tulip, Northern Film & Media’s managing director.

“We firmly believe that this joined-up, intensive industry-focused approach is the most effective way of supporting UK film talent.”

Chris Moll, Creative England’s head of talent said that the initiative complements the agency’s wider talent development strategy which includes schemes such as iFeatures and Elevator.

“Taking Triangle 2012 national increased competition for places and has led to a real uplift in the quality of projects,” added Hugo Heppell, Screen Yorkshire’s head of production.

“We’ve now got four excellent projects and teams for the final stages, leading to first draft scripts and strong team relationships. I’d like to thank all those in the UK film industry who continue to support the Triangle scheme”

The strength of Triangle is its structure, according to Dan Simmons, Skillset’s head of film.

“The scheme unites emerging film talent from across the UK and provides a training schedule which injects industry expertise at different project stages; but equally factors in the creative space required for development to empower and strengthen each creative team and their projects,” he said.

Triangle is part-funded by A Bigger Future 2 - Creative Skillset’s three year skills and training strategy for the UK film industry, funded in part by the industry itself through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF) as well as by the National Lottery from the BFI. Building on the original A Bigger Future strategy, A Bigger Future 2 focuses on addressing the vital skills and training needs of the industry to deliver maximum economic and cultural return: safeguarding and creating jobs, nurturing talent and maintaining the UK’s position at the forefront of the international film industry.

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