Director/Writer Kelly Holmes, a current student on the MFA Advanced Film Practice course at Screen Academy Scotland, Edinburgh Napier has been selected as one of ten finalists on Enter The Pitch with her project Attrition. A unique competition, Enter The Pitch challenges filmmakers to come up with a contemporary film idea that draws on the Bible for inspiration.
Attrition is a short film about a young private in WW1 who predicts the first gas attacks at Ypres in 1915. He struggles with his near supernatural knowledge and his fear of the Germans, but finally finds a way to show compassion for his enemy. Enter the Pitch asks its entrants to pitch a film that draws on bible stories for inspiration and gives the winner a £25,000 budget. Kelly’s film is based on some of the events in the book of Kings 2 and the prophet Elisha.
As a finalist Kelly has so far won a course with story and character consultant Laurie Hutzler, and also a residential course in the Lake District with acting couch Peter Nicholas. The final stage of Enter the Pitch will be a pitch along with the other 9 finalists, at Pinewood Studios on 16th January where the winner will be announced.
Three runners up from this pitch will be able to workshop their projects with the judges. The winner will be apprenticed with industry professionals, including script writers, producers, directors, actors, DOPs and post-production experts and will also be paired with a mentor. Ultimately the winner will get to make a short film based on their winning pitch idea.
Interview on BBC
On Weds January 7th Kelly will be interviewed by Andy Potter at 13.15 on BBC Radio Derby.
Best of luck Kelly!
Kelly Holmes’ films have shown in international festivals worldwide and she has worked as crew on films throughout the UK and in Italy and Los Angeles. She has a background working in live television and is Senior Lecturer in Film Theory and Production at the University of Derby.