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    NFTS & UK Production Company Popcorn Group Launch New Writers Award; First Winner Is “Bridgerton-esque” TV Pilot ‘Silly Girl’

    Unique: UK national film and television school and local production company popcorn group “We have teamed up to launch a new author award for stories with strong identities that look to shape conversations around social and political issues in an evocative way”.

    Inauguration NFTS The Popcorn Award has been won for him by NFTS Screenwriting MA student Lily Sericki.bridgerton-esque” TV pilot black-comedy silly girlAbout gender, race and social expectations in Regency England.

    The pilot follows two teenage girls who are on the verge of mastering a display of smirking femininity. But Cecily is an autistic gynecologist with no tolerance for pretentiousness, and Olive is a mixed-race woman with explosive ADHD. Against a world that seeks to ‘fix’ their minds by controlling their bodies, best friends learn to love their distorted identities and fight for a life that is free, independent and fearlessly insane.

    The NFTS Popcorn Award – open only to NFTS writing students – includes a cash prize of £2,500 and a development deal with Popcorn Group, which is in talks with broadcasters about joining the Film and TV Awards next year. Is.

    Popcorn, which is run by producer Jessica Malick and director-producer Charlotte Colbert, is in production on the Gemma Arterton comedy series. funny girl To Skye, and in post-production on the Mary Harron Movie Dali Land With Ben Kingsley and Ezra Miller. The company previously gave the Popcorn Writing Award Theater Award in conjunction with the Edinburgh Fringe.

    silly girl The NFTS Screenwriting was one of a dozen scripts submitted by current students of the MA, whose alumni include screenwriter Laurie Nunn (sex education) and Christy Wilson-Cairns (last night in soho) works range from in-depth conversations on male depression to satirical comments on female retaliation and the housing crisis.

    Brian Ward, Head of Screenwriting at NFTS, commented: “It was great to collaborate with The Popcorn Group for both this award and our recent week-long Writers Retreat in Cornwall, which they generously sponsored. To all of us Lily happy and wish them every success silly girl, Introducing a major project and introducing themselves to Popcorn has been an extremely inspiring and productive experience for the rest of the Screenwriting MA students.

    Charlotte Colbert and Jessica Malik of Popcorn Group commented: “silly girl It was everything we were looking for in a script. We couldn’t be happier to celebrate this extraordinary work exploring female friendship and the neurodivergent experience in a completely refreshing and brave way.”

    Lili Sericki continued: “I am so happy and grateful to have won the first NFTS Popcorn Award. I can’t wait to start working with Popcorn and I am really excited to have my first professional experience with them. who are focusing so much on feminism and amplifying voices we haven’t heard before. That’s what I want about my screenwriting career.”

    Popcorn Group is exiting the BIFA-nominated genre of film she willStarring Ellis Kriege, Kota Eberhart, Rupert Everett and Malcolm McDowell. The film premiered in Locarno, and ran in London, Fantastic Fest and Sitges.

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