The Young Films Foundation has announced its first Skye residency programme from Saturday 19th to Friday 25th May.
Joe Thomas, star of The Inbetweeners, is headlining in this summer’s anticipated hit comedy The Festival, and is delighted to be able to get away to Skye for a few days, and to share his wide experience of the film industry with participants on the programme: "My collaboration with Producer Chris Young over the years has always been stand out memorable, so I am very happy to endorse this event. Chris has made Skye the hub for a lot of his creative endeavour, and it is great to see him wanting to share his vision and experience with the next generation of film-makers."
The Young Films Foundation residency programme is for six specially selected aspiring Scottish film-makers – writers, directors and producers – who are being offered an intense week of workshops and masterclasses in their chosen field: amongst the many and varied programme activities, the participants will have one-to-one mentoring sessions on script-writing, as well as hands-on directing experience with a small cast of actors in the Skye Space Studio in Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.
The programme participants were selected from a wide pool of applicants: during the week they will have the opportunity to pitch their project ideas, host their own film-screening, join in a Round Table discussion on ‘British Film and TV’, and enjoy a sneak preview of the new season of BBC Alba’s Bannan, in the presence of the Creative Team and key cast.
Producer Chris Young said: "We are really excited about the upcoming Residency and look forward to welcoming our six participants to Skye to develop their projects.
"The week is already brimming with activities for them, thanks to the many visiting film industry leaders who are offering their input at the sessions: this will be a significant launch pad for new Scottish talents in film and TV.
"We are particularly grateful to our partners and to local Skye businesses, many of whom are generously hosting dinners, lunches and other events throughout the week."
Amongst the visitors to the Residency is celebrated Scottish producer Andrew Macdonald who includes amongst his successful output films such as Trainspotting, The Beach and Sunshine on Leith. As he said: "The film industry is hard to break into, and it is a great service to the industry in Scotland that this new residency programme is being launched by Chris Young. I am greatly looking forward to being in Skye and contributing to the sessions."