From around 800 applications, the biggest intake iFeatures has ever received, earlier this year 12 projects were selected to embark on the iFeatures 2018 feature film development programme. Writer, director and producer teams joined us from across the UK, and from backgrounds in short film, commercials, music videos, TV and theatre.
Since then we have been following their journeys through a series of iFeatures Podcasts. The filmmakers have let us in on their experience of being selected, attending iFeatures Labs and developing their first feature projects. We’ve also shared advice from guest industry speakers along the way.
See below for an overview and a link to listen to each episode:
In this first episode we introduced this year's iFeatures programme and heard from selected writer-directors Stacey Gregg (HERE BEFORE), Hardy Speight (BEAST OF BURDEN) and Simon Cartwright (THE VOICE AND ITS ECHO).
We checked in with the teams in Manchester at the first story development-focused Lab, including writer-director Meg Campbell (WHITE STORK), and the team behind – GIRL, and BLUE JEAN.
We also talked to some guest speakers: writers Alice Birch (LADY MACBETH), Lucinda Cox – (THE DANISH GIRL), as well as writer-director Dan Kokotajlo (APOSTASY).
We visited Liverpool for the second Lab, which continued our focus on story. We talked to writer-director Charlotte Regan (NAN), the team behind MAN ACCIDENTLY KILLS, and Johnathon Schey, writer-director of AVI.
Guest speakers included producers Sol Popadopolous and Emily Leo, as well as writer-director Hope Dickson-Leach (THE LEVELLING).
The teams had gone away for a couple of months to write their first draft scripts. We caught up with writer Suzanne Cowie (ACROSS THE WATER), and writer-director Hardy Speight (BEAST OF BURDEN) to see how they were progressing, as well as getting the lowdown from two iFeatures alumni about their development journeys: Michelle Eastwood, producer of RETREAT, and Eva Riley, writer-director of PERFECT 10.
In this episode we were back at another Lab in Leeds, this time focusing on the many facets of a Director’s role on a film. We sat down with writer-director Dean Puckett (I FEEL BLOOD), and Chika Anadu, director of GIRL as well as gaining insights from award-winning cinematographer Robbie Ryan.
For the final development Lab, we're in London and in this episode, we are exploring the role of a film producer. Interviews include Oscar Winning Producer, and Head of Film at ScreenSkills, Gareth Ellis-Unwin (The King's Speech) as well as film editor, Chris Wyatt (This Is England).
The iFeatures podcast is created and produced by Tonality Media.
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