Five Deaf filmmakers have been selected for 104 Films' low budget feature film training programme - with four of them having previously made programmes for the BSL Zone.
The programme will explore the process of developing low budget feature films, aiming to give the participants the skills to successfully finance their projects.
The Deaf filmmakers on the programme are:
- Sam Dore with his project Silence of the Moon – a low budget horror movie driven by a Deaf protagonist.
- Teresa Garratty with a crime thriller taken from a true story of a Deaf man charged with murder.
- Bim Ajadi with his project Saving Abah – a story of Nigerian witchcraft set in London.
- Lee O’Brien developing his documentary film Make Me Louder about his journey of having a Cochlear Implant.
- Ted Evans – developing a feature film version of his award winning short film Retreat.
104 Films Managing Director and Producer Alex Usborne said: "We have been aware of the emergence of a new generation of highly talented Deaf film making talent for some time developed through See Hear, BSLBT and the Zoom project. We are delighted to be developing the cream of this talent and aim to fast track them toward their first feature film.”
He added: “We hope that as a result of this programme we will see films in the cinema created by Deaf talent in 2016.”
The programme is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Funds.