After winning the IMDb Script to Screen Award back in 2012 and getting its premiere at the Bath Film Festival, Pussy Cat went on to tour the international film festival circuit and was screened at locations across the world, including LA, London and Cannes, and won Best Film as Voted for by the Audience at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in Leeds. Because the film was made in the South West, the screening at the Bath Film Festival also meant the film qualified for entering into the Royal Television Society Awards for the South West of England where it won Best Short Film in 2013.
Since then I have continued making short films that draw upon the dark comic style that was key to the success of Pussy Cat. And I look back at winning the IMDb Script To Screen Award as a significant moment in my development as a filmmaker. Before entering I had never won a writing competition before or received any real external recognition, and though I had always been a productive writer, like a lot of new writers what I really needed was an injection of confidence; to know there was an audience out there who laughed at the same things I did and enjoyed the style in which I wanted to present them. And that’s what winning the competition gave me.
The second feature of the IMDB Script to Screen Award that makes it so worthwhile, is that it isn’t just a writing competition. That’s really just the start. To then be given the funding to go on and make the film and present it at the Bath Film Festival some five months later is a whole different ball game. One that requires the removal of the writer’s hat and the donning of the producer’s and director’s. This is a real filmmaking education and one that requires complete dedication as those five months go FAST.
And so for filmmakers looking for their first break in the industry, entering the IMDb Script to Screen Award is a no-brainer.
[To view the trailer for Pussy Cat and check out what else he’s been up to, visit Simon’s IMDb page which he got thanks to this award ]