John Brabourne Awards


The Awardees

  • Awardees January 2019

ALEX POLUNIN

Alex is a BAFTA Newcomer, Sheffield Doc/Fest Future Producer, and one of this year’s BFI London Film Festival talent lab participants and iFeatures producers, shadowing and being mentored by producer David Heyman’s company Heyday Films. Alex’s filmography includes the BFI’s recent ‘Pick of the Month’ and Pardi di domani: Concorso internazionale​​​​​​​ nominee, BRITISH BY THE GRACE OF GOD, and the recently commissioned FATHER OF THE BRIDE for the BBC. Alex’s award will support the development of his producer slate, including MAN ACCIDENTALLY KILLS (iFeatures), TV project LIBERTIES, and a modern-day adaptation of THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV.

ANDREW McVICAR

Andrew is a writer-director based in North Shields. His shorts have screened internationally at festivals including Edinburgh, London, Oberhausen, Hamburg, Encounters, Rio de Janeiro, and Tampere. His last short film, COMPULSION, premiered at London Film Festival and won Best British Short at London Short Film Festival and Best European Short at Lille. He’s produced/co-produced features including Duane Hopkins’ BYPASS and Esther May Campbell’s LIGHT YEARS, both of which premiered at Venice Film Festival. Andrew is currently co-writing the feature WOLF NOTE with support from BFI, and developing a 6-part TV series with Channel 4 and Warp Films. His JBA will support the development of film and TV projects, including THE INTERLOPER, LITTLE BIRDIES (with John Hickman), BERT & LES (with Brian Martin), and WHISTLEBLOWER.

COLUM EASTWOOD

Born in Belfast, Colum studied at the London Film School and  graduated in 2013 with his film HERE, which was runner-up for Best Student Short at Palm Springs Shortsfest (2014). His next short, supernatural horror THE MORRIGAN, played widely at festivals including BAFTA and Oscar® qualifying Palm Springs International ShortFest, Austin, Galway, Rhode Island and London Short Film Festival. He is currently in development on the feature version. His script BLACK MEDICINE was winner of the New Writer Focus Scheme at Northern Ireland Screen and his JBA will support Colum while he develops the feature towards production, and shoots a Northern Ireland Screen funded proof of concept short.

ELLA BENNETT

Ella is based in South London. Her crowd-funded short, LAST LEG, won Best Short at the London Independent Film Festival 2016 and was broadcast on London Live. SORE THUMB STICK OUT, her first commissioned short, premiered on Channel 4’s Random Acts and toured around the UK with Playback Festival. Ella also directed DUST, an NFTS, Screen Skills and EON Productions commissioned short that is touring the festival circuit. She is developing her feature debut BLUE MARBLE, a psychological thriller, which was shortlisted for the Film London Microwave Scheme in 2016 (under original title BENEATH THE MIND) and later won the Junior European Talent Slate Award, sponsored by WEP Films. Ella’s JBA Award will support the pre-production of her mocku-fiction doc web series pilot THE MAIN IN STREAM IS DEAD and living costs towards her debut feature.

HANNAH CONGDON

Hannah directed and produced student film whilst at university, and her short film ‘H S K T’ was selected as the UK Winner at Camberley International Festival 2019. After graduating she worked with the Teddy Award – the queer film prize at the Berlinale. This consisted of interviews with high profile lesbian, gay, and trans filmmakers including Rupert Everett and Isobel Coixet. Since then she interned with DCM Film distribution before joining German production company Wüste Film as a producer’s assistant. The JBA will support the post-production of the documentary ‘Women Behind the Wheel’, which Hannah has co-directed with Catherine Haigh. The film documents their 3000km drive along the Pamir Highway – the second highest highway in the world – completely unaided. Their route through Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan brought them to the doorsteps of over 45 women from all walks of life, defying assumptions about women in their own environments.

HELEN GLADDERS

Helen is a graduate of the NFTS Producing for Film & Television MA and has produced several award winning short films. Since graduating, Helen has worked at Dan Films, working with producers Julie Baines and Jonathan Taylor across their slate in development and production. She produced Creative England iShorts+ Funny Girls short RHONNA AND DONNA in her time there, and in October 2016 she moved to her own company Gingerbread Pictures. Helen is working with a range of exciting emerging female filmmakers and has projects in development with BFI, BBC Films, Moonriver Entertainment, Wild Mercury and Chernin Entertainment. Her JBA will support the development of her producing slate.

JENNIFER MONKS

Jennifer is a BAFTA, Royal Television Society and BIFA nominated producer. Jennifer’s short films have been selected for SXSW, Sydney, Sundance, Encounters, Cannes, Edinburgh & BFI film festivals. In 2018 her company Pencil Trick Productions produced RTS and BIFA nominated BSL/English language TV drama TO KNOW HIM with iFeatures Director Ted Evans and BAFTA nominated co-producer Michelle Stein. For award winning indie Tigerlily Productions she produced MISSING DAD, a BAFTA nominated 30 min TV Documentary for CBBC following the experiences of families who have a parent in prison. Jennifer works in house as Scripted TV Development Producer at Tigerlily Productions. Her award will support a slate of feature projects in development with the BFI, Dan Films and Tigerlily Productions.

KATE PERRY

Kate is a London based, award winning writer and actress from Northern Ireland. Her one-woman comedy show, The Very Perry Show, has been touring nationally and internationally and won the best comedy show award at The United Solo Theater Festival, New York, 2017. She has written plays, short stories and comic monologues for Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4 and RTE Radio 1. Her short film, MAÑANA, premiered at the Galway Film Festival and was broadcast on RTE television. Kate graduated with distinction from Trinity College, Dublin with an MPhil in creative writing and holds a Masters Degree in Screenwriting from the Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire. The JBA will support Kate to develop scripts, and the post-production on her short film RUTHLESS, which is set in Belfast and was originally commissioned as a short story for BBC Northern Ireland.

NIKI ROONEY

Niki holds a BA in Film, Photography and Imaging. She joined the Hollyoaks script office and progressed to running the story department as Story Editor. She joined the Hollyoaks core writing team in May 2011, writing 20 episodes. She has worked and written for broadcasters and production companies such as Channel 4, Nickelodeon, Disney, Sky One, Bend It Networks, Breakthrough Entertainment and the BBC. She has an original comedy drama in paid development with BBC Three and Kudos North, several commissions via BBC Children’s and Learning, and scripts optioned by Freedom Films and Ecosse Films. Niki’s work commonly explores coming-of-age themes for children’s and youth audiences and often has a central focus on character representation of disability and chronic illness, which is influenced by her own experiences of living with Ulcerative Colitis. Niki’s JBA will support her TV scriptwriting slate, including a comedy pilot and YA drama pilot.

SÉVERINE TIBI

After working in production and distribution in the South of France, Séverine relocated to the UK and went on to work at the British Film Institute, and has been committed to finding new British voices and supporting UK film talent ever since. In 2017 she co-founded her own production company, Sevana Films. Her feature documentary, FENUA AIJERE: THE HEART OF TAHITI by Thomas Delorme, was first broadcast on TV at the end of 2018 and she is now involved in a number of exciting shorts, including CINDY, a queer comedy/drama by Rosanagh Griffiths, and LENGTHS, a drama by Matt Davies. With Somebody Nobody Productions, she is currently developing Michelle Williams Gamaker’s first feature THE IMPERIAL, co-written with Elan Gamaker. Séverine has attended many film festivals as a consultant through talent development programmes, and most recently, she was an International Mentor at SXSW 2019. Her JBA will support her development slate and the production of CINDY.

SOPHIE MAIR

Sophie is a genre writer/producer and one half of filmmaking team Sketchbook Pictures with her partner Dan Gitsham. Having made both self and publicly funded short films, which have screened at over 150 films festivals worldwide, they were commissioned by Creative England to develop their short ELLA into a feature film screenplay, and were selected for iFeatures (BFI, Creative England, BBC) development scheme with their project KEEPER. Sophie’s award will be used to develop her slate, including a BFI funded short film due to shoot in the summer of 2019 and a horror feature screenplay. 

WILKIE BRANSON

Wilkie is an interdisciplinary dance artist and film-maker, and self-taught in both dance and film, which form the main focus of his work. Wilkie’s approach to combining choreography, animation and film has developed into an innovative fusion of expression, accessibility and story-telling. He received the Arts Foundation Choreographic Fellowship in 2012 and was the recipient of several awards for his dance animation LITTLE DREAMS, a stop-motion dance retrospective of Wilkie’s previous works. His latest work, TOM, explores techniques in photogrammetry, 3D animation and dance to create a multi dimensional holographic dance-film installation. Wilkie is a New Wave Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells and a Playtime Artist at PDSW. His JBA will go towards a 2D short film version of TOM for festival submission.