The IMDb Script to Screen Award encourages budding new filmmakers to submit their
short film screenplays.
Of the 84 submissions in 2012, only three were chosen for the table-read by Bath Spa
University Performing Arts Students at the Gala Award Evening in the Chapel Arts Centre
in Bath on 14th June 2012.
The short listed scripts were Graffiti by Mihir Desai, Bad Girls by Alex Moran and Pussy
Cat by Simon Wharf. The panel of industry judges selected to choose a winner were
producer Elizabeth Karlsen, writers Ashley Pharaoh and Steve Volk and the CEO of the
IMDb Col Needham.
The prize was £5,000 with which to make the winning script into a film that would then be
screened during Bath Film Festival in November 2012.
All three scripts were excellent – the audience and judges all enjoyed the read-throughs
and were struck by the fact that all three were image rich and dialogue light, which meant
that everyone could picture the films, even though they were watching a group of actors.
Pussy Cat was chosen for its dark humour, unusual twists and (was it ever thus) having a
cat in the starring role.
From July to November, Simon and his production company BROD worked on
transforming Pussy Cat the script into Pussy Cat the film. The finished product was
shown at a special screening at Komedia in December to great acclaim.
Pussy Cat’s success didn’t stop there. In January 2013 the film was nominated for Best
Short Award by the West of England Royal Television Society.
The RTS Award ceremony was held on Sunday 24th February 2013 and the judges
included Stephen Woolley (Producer of Interview With The Vampire, Company of Wolves
and The Crying Game), Phillipa Lawthorpe (Director of Call The Midwife), Paul McGann
(Withnail & I, Doctor Who), Caroline Norbury (Chief Executive of Creative England) and
George Ormond (Executive Producer for BBC Drama).
A nervous Simon Wharf attended the award ceremony with fellow producer Olly Cane.
The Awards were held at Bristol’s Old Vic with a packed audience of celebrities and
filmmakers. Despite fierce competition, Pussy Cat won!