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Shore Scripts Names 2019 Short Film Fund Winners

A Young Man's Game by James Gould-Bourn has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2019 Shore Scripts Short Film Fund, and the project has been awarded $10,000 in cash. Miss Fortunate, by Molly O'Shea been named the $4,000 Second Place Winner.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER - A YOUNG MAN'S GAME ($10,000 GRANT AWARDED)

Jake wants to be a doctor when he grows up, but his father has different ideas.

Jake doesn't want to be sitting in a parked car with his dad watching kids playing football in the cold. He wants to be at his friend house playing video games, or riding around on the back of his stepdad's motorbike. But his dad has big plans for Jake. He wants his son to have the life that he never did, to have the opportunities that he never had, and to become the person that he never was, whether Jake likes it or not… A Young Man's Game is a darkly comic story about family, trust, and the dangers of good intentions.

WRITTEN BY JAMES GOULD-BOURN

James Gould-Bourn is a screenwriter and novelist from Manchester, England. He's written and co-written several short films, one of which (Sniper) was funded by the Lithuanian Film Centre and will debut in 2019.

James's debut novel, titled Bear Necessity in the US and Keeping Mum in the UK, will be published in 12 countries in 2020. A film adaptation is also currently in development.

TO BE DIRECTED BY EMMY WINNER, BEN TRICKLEBANK

Ben is a celebrated multi-disciplinary artist and director, helming interactive films, virtual reality installations and digital experiences. Within the creative industries, he is rapidly emerging as one of the preeminent storytellers. Ben's commercial work includes films for Hennessey, Sony Bravia, Lexus, Mini Cooper, and Playstation in partnership for agencies like Droga5, DDB, BBH, Ogilvy & Mather, and Google Creative Lab. His work has garnered awards from Cannes Lions, D&AD and The One Show, among others. His interactive documentary film, “Clouds Over Cuba,” received international accolades including an Emmy.

2ND PLACE WINNER - MISS FORTUNATE ($4000 GRANT AWARDED)

If luck is a lady, grief is a bitch. A young woman loses her mother and finds herself. A coming of rage story.

WRITTEN BY MOLLY O'SHEA

Molly is a writer and actress. She cut her teeth working with critically acclaimed, Olivier nominated immersive theatre company You Me Bum Bum Train. It was there she was headhunted by BBC Entertainment, sealing her fate as a producer in the making. A fate director Dame Jane Campion unsealed shortly after by reading Molly's script and calling it “incredible”. After much insecurity Molly eventually conceded that maybe when the first woman to win the Palme d'Or at Cannes tells you you're a writer, you should listen. Jane continues to support Molly's writing and in 2017 asked Molly to give a speech with her about the struggle for young women in film. Molly used this opportunity to tell the gatekeepers of the industry about her period and The Muppets.

At 18 Molly was told that although she was talented she was too fat to play pretty and too pretty to play fat. Identifying as neither of those things, she cried for several years before writing a one woman show that explored this dichotomy. It premiered this year to rave reviews and received four stars across the board.

Updated: 06/06/2019
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