Screen Academy Scotland MFA Advanded Film Practice student and Derby University Senior Film & Media Lecturer Kelly Holmes picks up the Runner Up prize in ‘The Pitch’ film competition with her film idea Attrition.  Entering the competition for the first time Kelly so impressed the five top industry judges in the boardroom at Pinewood Studios with her World War One themed film that she was selected to return for a second day. 

35 year old Kelly has won the opportunity to develop her idea with production support from ’The Pitch’ with a budget worth £2 500.

“I’m definitely going to make Attrition because I’m so passionate about the story. She says,” I was amazed to get so far in this competition and so fortunate to be in the top three. The £2.5K is a great starting point and I now need to develop the script and attach a producer to start the rest of the funding process.” 

Needing support going forward she says, “I’m looking for an experienced producer to take this short film from script to screen. I’ve already secured £6K, and I’m looking for investors to start a crowd funding campaign. This is an ambitious project, but one I’m extremely passionate about with a strong story and visuals.”

The top prize was awarded to Film Maker Andy Toovey from Pontypool, South Wales for his film idea Only Child. He wins the unique opportunity to develop his idea with production support worth £25 000 and will have the opportunity to take his completed film to Hollywood later in the year to gain feedback from top industry professionals.

Luke Walton, Project Director said, “This is our best year yet!  It was a strong competition with a fantastic judging panel, lively debate and some emotionally connecting and vibrant stories.  Kelly pitched brilliantly in the boardroom.  Her story really intrigued the panel as they were really taken by her vision and understanding of her context.”