For the last two years NFM worked in partnership with Film4, to identify the most creative and distinctive writers and writer-directors in the North East to support the development of a feature film package for Film4. The sixmonth programme was tailored to participants and industry led, drawing on the expertise of mentors Kate Leys and Ivana Mackinnon. Working with these mentors from early treatment stage onwards, shortlisted writers were supported via script development sessions, industry workshops and remote mentoring via Skype to produce a commissionable package to present to Film4 and the wider industry. Writers worked closely with their mentors to progress their projects, they go through intensive story development to produce a detailed ‘scriptment’, outline, visual materials and where appropriate a first draft. Supporting workshops covered a range of topics including story development, pitching, casting and distribution.