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29/09/2003

British film projects win £10,000 in '25 words or less'

A teenage tryst, temptation on a stag night, fighting prejudice and overcrowding on planet Earth are all feature film ideas that will now be fast-tracked into screenplays following their success in the latest round of the ‘25 Words or Less’ film development scheme.
The Film Council have announced that each of the four successful projects, which were selected from hundreds of applications, will be awarded £10,000 in development funding. Writers had to pitch their concept for a romantic comedy, science fiction or teen movie in not more than 25 words.
‘25 Words or Less’ is a film industry term to describe an idea where a film is encapsulated in one sentence.
The four successful projects are:
  • Romantic comedy: The Best Woman by Irena Brignull - On his stag, a groom faces many temptations. The best man's not usually one of them. Then again, the best man's not usually a woman.
  • Science fiction: Population by Nick Ostler and Mark Huckerby - 2128: Everyone wants a ticket off a chronically overcrowded Earth to the new Lunar Cities. But one man uncovers the devastating secret behind the exodus.
  • Teen movies: Freestyle by Michael Maynard - A suburban, teenage girl uses the freestyle basketball arena to fight prejudice and win the heart of her urban rival.
  • Teen movies: Air Guitar by Phil O’Shea - Superstore shelf-stacker Chris sets out to win the heart of posh 16 year old classical violinist Sophie by becoming World Air Guitar Champion.
Natalie Wreyford of the UK Film Council’s Development Fund said: “'25 Words or Less' has proved to be very popular with writers and once again we have found four fantastic projects to develop. The scheme encourages writers to think commercially about films that could have mass appeal and it is great to see so many writers responding.
"We are especially delighted that two of the projects are teen films as the Development Fund has been trying hard to find material for the key teenage market. It is something that the US does so well and we want to help get more British teen movies on the big screen.”
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