Congratulations to Amanda Richardson (MA Screenwriting, Screen Academy Scotland, Edinburgh Napier) for winning the 2016 IMDB Script to Screen Award for her screenplay Dig! Dig tells the story of two men having their last ever conversation as they are forced to dig their own graves. The read through and awards ceremony took place at Bath Spa University last week.
We were also delighted that another Screen Academy Scotland, Edinburgh Napier MA Screenwriting graduate, Max Barth was also selected as one of the five shortlisted screenwriters.
In 2014/15 Amanda was one of 9 recipients of the 2014/15 John Brabourne Award winning the top Gold Prize in the Short Film category with her animation script The Boy Who Was Raized by Stars. Her short film script Pushing Buttons previously reached the finals at the IMDB Script to Screen Award. Amanda made her break into the industry in 2013 writing for CBeebies DINOPAWS which inspired her to develop a pre-school series of her own. IN 2014 she was selected for the Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab and was shortlisted for Funny Women’s Comedy Writing Award for her sitcom script Papercups.
IMDb Script to Screen Awards accepts scripts with a running time of 10 minutes or less. These are then read by the creative writing team at Bath Spa University and the top five are selected. The shortlist is rehearsed and performed by Bath Spa’s drama students in front of a panel of industry judges and a live audience.
Both the judges and the audience vote for the best script and the winner receives £5,000 cash and £1,000 worth of hire kit from 180º On Set Solutions or Visual Impact (UK filmmakers only) to turn their script into a film. In addition the winner receives a coveted IMDb Enamel Badge and an attractive, glass-etched award. The winning film is screened at the Bath Film Festival and at other film festivals across the country.