Pidgin has helped discover
and develop the following talent:
Pidgin / BBC Bursary Awards:
Louise McCally - Overall Winner.
Entered workshop at Blackscreen Festival.
Entered film for award "Mr Smith", and won.
Went on to a media studies course which she will complete this year.
Her writing talents and keen eye for a story was recognised by the BBC
who the offered her further assistance.
Pidgin / MIDA Black and Asian Bursary Awards:
This award was part of the Blackscreen Film Festival 2001. In order
to spread the word to the max, two 'Script to Screen' workshop events
were held in Liverpool and Manchester. The Bursary award attracted a large
number of applicants. The NWAB / MIDA award was for development and completion
aimed at new and emerging Black and Asian filmmakers. The award winners
Linda Clarke: Development Award - 'Green Man'
Linda said "I went along to the Blackscreen 'Script to Screen'
workshop at BBC Manchester. There was an emphasis on networking, encouraging
us to get off our backsides, and do something to represent ourselves
and make films. I did just that when i bumped into Nasir Butt at the
meeting (another young filmmaker). We got together and applied for the
development award, that was successful. We hope to shoot and deliver
by Spring 2002"
Aneel Ahmad: Completion Award - "Ek Diwanna - Crazy about
Ek Diwanna - Crazy about Love is a comedy about teenage love. This
is a British love story with all the Bollywood trimmings.
Annel said "The award is only a small amount but it will allow
us to complete our project"
Marie Wheeler King: Development Award - "Commit"
'Commit' is a documentary that looks at the reasons for high diagnosis
of mental illness in the Afro-Caribbean community. Marie was very passionate
about this subject, and her graduation film, also focused on black mental
Vincent Tse: Completion Award - "Distant Hope"
A modern fairytale about two lost souls. Sarah and Peter depend o
each other to find salvation in life and death. Vincent Tse made the
film with a small award from the millennium commission. He called in
many favours from all communities, and fellow filmmakers to get the
project into production.
Other talent discovered:
Rani Murthee - Discovered by Pidgin, Rani was greatly
encouraged by the organisation to enter a BBC competition 'Laughing Gas',
which she won. An already gifted individual, she received encouragement
and the push she needed from Pidgin and is now a highly successful writer.
She has worked on many best-loved british programmers such as 'Cold Feet'
and 'Coronation Street'.