Hey there aspiring genre filmmakers! Do you have a feature-length script of the fantasy/horror variety? And does it feature a lead character from a less represented group (ie. female, LGBTQ+, from a minority background, or persons living with a disability)? Then indie studio Melancholy Star has just the residency for you!
In the picturesque city of Bruges, Belgium, the two-week residency (slated for June/July 2018) will offer those selected with the opportunity to develop their script in this idyllic setting, with help from industry professionals.
Melancholy Star company directors Elizabeth E. Schuch (writer/director of The Book of Birdie) and Konstantinos Koutsoliotas will be in residence at the house as well and actively available to advise on writing, VFX, storyboarding or design elements.
For Schuch, “hearing the experiences of fellow filmmakers, it’s becoming increasingly clear to me how difficult it is for women, queer and minority filmmakers to get support for their projects. And often for programmes like this there are age barriers or career requirements that are difficult to meet. I want to see more dark and fantastic stories from a range of voices find their way into the world. And it’s really difficult to keep at it, self-motivated, unfunded and isolated. By making this residency, it’s our small way of helping make those projects happen and giving them a little support network. We hope to provide a safe place for creativity to thrive.“
From the press release:
London-based indie film & VFX studio MELANCHOLY STAR announces the inaugural edition of a new filmmaker-in-residence programme aimed at discovering new voices in genre writing for film.
Melancholy Star is committed to inspiring creativity and making strange but beautiful things, and is thrilled to offer a residency initiative situated in the scenic medieval town of Bruges, Belgium. Support for diverse voices and stories is now more important than ever and with that in mind we have created the Starlight Filmmaker Residency with a focus on finding talented genre filmmakers acting without the benefit of public funding or previous awards, and at any age and stage in their career. At the Starlight Filmmaker Residency, selected filmmakers will have a safe and creatively constructive environment to focus on their writing without distraction, that’s tucked away in a beautiful gothic setting sure to fire the imagination.
Industry panelists will be available during or upon completion of the residency to offer feedback and assist the script in moving forward. The panel will include writers, critics and genre festival directors. Melancholy Star company directors Elizabeth E. Schuch and Konstantinos Koutsoliotas will be in residence at the house as well and actively available to advise on writing, VFX, storyboarding or design elements. This years panelists will be announced at the end of May.
The Starlight Residency Programme is excited to grow and expand and is actively looking for sponsors and partners equally as invested in nurturing diverse new voices as we are.
Full details and the application are now available on the Melancholy Star website. Filmmakers, get cracking!