The British Film Institute and Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen revealed three emerging filmmakers competing for a £50,000 bursary that can be used to fund future projects.
Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper, Amanda Nevill, CEO of the BFI and Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC will select the winner, who will be announced in London on October 3.
The three finalists are Daniel Kokotajlo writer and director of Apostasy; Rungano Nyoni, writer and director of I Am Not A Witch; and Michael Pearce, writer and director of Beast.
The Bursary is presented in recognition of outstanding British talent and is designed to support a writer or director at the beginning of their career, bringing them the financial stability and time needed to develop their creativity and focus on future projects.
IWC has a strong association with creative arts, particularly the film industry, and sees the BFI bursary as a valuable contribution to developing young talent. “Our priority is the support of up-and-coming filmmakers and their projects. Being storytellers ourselves, we deeply appreciate the creativity and passion that the talented directors and writers selected as the finalists for the second Filmmaker Bursary Award have invested into their work to enchant and captivate their audiences,” says Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC.
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