The original iFeatures - and its predecessor Digital Departures in Liverpool - were set up by Christopher Moll to support micro/low budget filmmakers and to forge a stronger, more confident on-screen identity for cities in the English regions.
In Bristol, these include Al Siddons’ In The Dark Half, Mark Simon Hewis’ 8 Minutes Idle and Kasia Klimkiewicz’s Flying Blind. In Liverpool, Lindy Heymann’s Kicks, Laurence Gough’s Salvage and Terence Davies’ Cannes smash Of Time and the City.
In each film, the city has been as much of a principal character as the acting and voice talents of Tony Curran, Tom Hughes, Ophelia Lovibond, Helen McCrory, Jessica Barden, Nicola Burley, Keri Hawes, Neve McIntosh, Shaun Dooley and Mr Terence Davies himself!
Our collaborations have been equally important. BBC Films have been a key supporter from the very beginning, and over the past 5 years we've also partnered with South West Screen, Vision + Media, UK Film Council, Creative Skillset, Bristol City Council, Liverpool City Council, BFI, Matador Pictures, Film Agency For Wales & Content Film.
Through the enhanced iFeatures2 initiative led by Executive Producer Tristan Goligher, we supported the development of 16 projects from across England, and the production of 3 films – The Goob, Norfolk and Spaceship.
Guy Myhill’s The Goob premiered at 2014 Venice Days, and the film went on to achieve world-wide critical acclaim, winning a number of awards including Golden Hitchcock for Best Film at 2014 Dinard Festival of British Films and a BIFA for Best Achievement in Production. The Goob was produced by Lee Groombridge and Mike Elliott for Emu Films.
Norfolk, written and directed by Martin Radich, premiered in competition at 2015 Rotterdam International Film Festival where it was nominated for the Tiger Award. The film was produced by Rachel Dargavel and Finlay Pretsell.
Alex Taylor’s Spaceship premiered at SXSW 2016. It was produced by Nicola Bowen and Olivier Kaempfer.
Three films were green lit for production as part of the iFeatures3 initiative led by Executive Producer Christopher Granier-Deferre. Dan Kokotajlo’s Apostasy, William Oldroy’s Lady Macbeth, and Hope Dickson Leach’s The Levelling. All 3 have enjoyed massive success and Festival wins to date with Lady Macbeth currently nominated for 2 BAFTA’s, Dan Kokotajlo having won the WC Schaffhausen Filmmakers Bursary Award at LFF and Hope Dickson Leach winning a Scottish BAFTA for best writing in film/tv.
iFeatures4 was headed up by Executive Producer Zorana Piggott and the 3 greenlit films will go into production in 2018. These are Claire Oakley’s Make Up, Eva Riley’s Perfect Ten and Retreat, the first British, British Sign Language film from writer/director Ted Evans.
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