X-Pollinator new initiative Incubator launched
X-Pollinator INCUBATOR announces 6 successful projects
X-Pollinator is an ambitious new cross-disciplinary professional development and networking initiative aiming to kickstart collaborations between female writing… More has announced six projects which have been chosen to take part in INCUBATOR, a brand new female-driven development initiative that aims to build on the success of X-Pollinator 2019 to encourage and support collaborations between teams of X-Pollinator participants to create new feature film or TV pitches and treatments.
Supported by Screen Skills Ireland, Screen Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), INCUBATOR offers a paid and structured period of development for six projects, providing support in the form of mentorship, script editing and pitch creation, enabling writers to work up treatments with creative and practical input from their director and producer teammates.
After having received over fifty submissions from ninety applicants, this led to a competitive shortlisting process and subsequent interview. The INCUBATOR interview panel included Katie Holly, Lara Hickey and Evan Horan from X-Pollinator as well as director Dearbhla Walsh acting as an external assessor, and the six successful projects comprise a range of narrative feature, creative documentary, TV drama and animation.
INCUBATOR will provide each team with a script editor to work on the creative development of these six projects up until the end of the year; with the support of script editors Heather Browning and Dee Roycroft. X-Pollinator Directors Katie Holly and Lara Hickey will also mentor each team on the presentation of their treatments and on the creative and market potential of their project in general.
The six successful INCUBATOR projects are:
ALL YOU CAN EAT
Aspiring rapper Danny is angry at the world. Having grown up in care, he feels everyone but his Nan has let him down. Now 18, Danny’s buzzing to make it on his own. He has big dreams, and top of his list is a holiday in the sun for him and his beloved Nan. But holidays cost money, life has a way of throwing you curveballs and Danny has a lot of growing up to do. This is a coming-of-age story and a hard look at the challenges of overcoming a fractured childhood. Despite the challenging backdrop this is a high spirited film full of music and warmth. Writer / Director: Kim Bartley Producer: Rachel Lysaght
When music is banned throughout the land, Birdy and her ragtag band flee to the forest on a musical odyssey. Writer: Jane Madden Director: Jess Patterson
17 year old Chloe’s dreams are shattered when she is rejected by her favorite art college. Now she must drive all over the country with her portfolio and dysfunctional mother in the passenger seat. Writer / Director: Claire Byrne Writer: Karen Healy
DIARY OF A MISSIONARY
Fr Shay Cullen has spent five decades rescuing exploited children from the sex industry and adult prisons in the Philippines. This feature documentary is an intimate portrait of a humanitarian hero. Writer / Director: Mia Mullarkey Producer: Collie McCarthy
HIT WHERE IT HURTS
Birdwatcher Lucia can’t deal with where things are going. She poisons her boyfriend, shoots cats, monitors waste disposal centres, and swallows paperclips in an attempt to restore balance. But when things get out of control, she’s forced to make an ultimate decision. Writer / Director: Roisin Agnew Producer: Roisin Geraghty Executive Producer: Nicky Gogan
SO, I STARTED A COMMUNE
Choosing to save herself instead of her marriage, a working mum sets up an all-female commune, but will a shared vision be crushed by the cooped up reality? So, I Started A Commune is a comedy-drama series about the risks and rewards of following your dreams. Writers: Iseult Howlett, Laura Kavanagh, Nessa Wrafter Producer: Kate McColgan
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