Fantastic news that two Screen Academy Scotland, Edinburgh Napier graduates have been accepted onto the prestigious BellRock residecy which is currently taking place at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath. Along with four other participants, Razan Madhoon (MA Film, Directing) and Alicja Jankowska (BA Film) are developing their first feature length screenplays, which they will be pitching at Eye Film Institute in Amsterdam in January 2020. Razan has taken her MA graduation project The Good Spirit, a drama set in Palestine. Alicja is writing an original coming of age screenplay set in Edinburgh.

BellRock is an inspiring, challenging and practical programme giving filmmakers and screenwriters a chance to work with a team of established international industry mentors to develop original screenplays during a series of residencies and discussions. This project arises from an identified strategic need for additional support for filmmakers and screenwriters based in Scotland highlighted within Creative Scotland’s Film Strategy, and is a partnership with Producer, Mentor and Script Consultant Olivia Stewart of Three Rivers Film; and Hospitalfield. Olivia Stewart is the Director of the workshop and is joined by two other experienced mentors, Ian Sellar and Alfredo Covelli.

Participants selected in 2019 are John Barrington, Laura Carreira, Alicja Jankowska, Razan Madhoon, Jim McRoberts and Silas Parry.

Hospitalfield is a beautiful house on the Angus coast with over 150 years of history in supporting the development of ideas and skills in cultural fields.