IMDb prize night offers insight into how a film script reaches the screen

 Diary date:  Wednesday 14 June (6.30pm start)

Bath Film Festival’s IMDb Script to Screen Award reaches its final stage with an audience and jury vote on which of five acted scripts deserves the top prize of a £5k production budget, free kit hire and a festival premiere.

Komedia, 22-13 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EP

Film fans will gain new insight into what makes a script makeable on Wednesday 14 June (6.30pm start) when Bath Film Festival invites the public to join industry experts in picking the winner of the screenwriting competition it runs with the world’s most visited movie websites – IMDb.

Only five scripts out of an international entry of nearly 100 now remain in contention for the festival’s latest IMDb Script to Screen Award for which the top prize is a £5,000 production budget, £1,000 worth of kit hire, a trophy and a premiere slot for the finished short.

The winner will be chosen following a rehearsed reading of each shortlisted script at Komedia, Westgate Street, Bath, by way of a vote that will involve the audience as well as the competition’s official jury – IMDb founder and CEO, Col Needham; BAFTA nominated film editor Una Ni Dhonghaile; Kate Leys, script editor and developer whose commissions include Trainspotting, Four Weddings and a Funeral and East is East, and Olivia Hetreed, a multiple award-winning scriptwriter and the current President of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.

Bath Film Festival producer Holly Tarquini says: “The rehearsed readings by actors make the finals night of our IMDb Script to Screen Award an essential date for everyone interested in what makes some scripts stand out enough to get made. It is also a great opportunity for film enthusiasts to test how good they are at talent spotting and to hear from our expert judges about how their careers started and what they’ve done since.”

Tickets for the finals of Bath Film Festival’s IMDb Script to Screen Award are on sale now, priced at £5 (£3 concessions). To book, visit the Bath Film Festival website – – or contact Bath Box Office on 01225 463 362.

The finalists are Steve Brehm with a rom-com titled TIMING; Carolyn Goodyear with a comedy set in a GP’s surgery LEMON SHERBET; Karen Anstee with a romantic fantasy APPROVAL NEEDED; Kulvinder Gill with a mystery thriller FEMME FATALE and Anita Ross with a fantasy drama THE WITCH’S HANDBOOK.

[Please see Notes for more info about shortlist]

Bath Film Festival wishes to thank IMDb and GWR for its support for this competition.

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Holly Tarquini, Festival Director – 01225 463 458

Notes to Editors 

Bath Film Festival is the biggest and longest running film festival in the South West. It began in 1990 and now takes place every November, offering a programme of exclusive previews of full-length drama, comedy and animated features, new foreign language films and international documentaries as well as talent awards, family-friendly features, sci-fi, classic cinema and art film strands as well as behind-the-screen talks by industry professionals. The 2017 Bath Film Festival runs from November 2 to 12. For more information or free e-bulletin sign-up, please see; find Bath Film Festival on Facebook or follow @bathfilm on Twitter.

The IMDb Script to Screen Award is an annual competition open to anyone from any country with a new script for a film with a running time of 10 minutes or less.  It was introduced in 2012 with the help of the IMDb’s West Country-based founder and CEO, Col Needham, often described as “the most powerful Brit in Hollywood” and a regular Bath Film Festival attendee.

Finalists for the 2017 IMDb Script to Screen Award are:

Scottish-American Steve Brehm with TIMING, a comedy romance. A brilliant but somewhat OCD brain surgeon meets an equally sharp but untidy man in a restaurant. He’s been stood up by his date; she’s way too early for hers. Their timing couldn’t be worse. This is the second time Steve has been a finalist for the IMDb Script to Screen Award.

Somerset-raised actor/writer Carolyn Goodyear with LEMON SHERBERT, a comedy in which a boy waiting to see a doctor tries to convince another patient that he’s the boy’s sperm donor dad and should date his Mum.

Writer, musician and filmmaker Karen Anstee, with APPROVAL NEEDED, a drama/ romance/ fantasy in which a traffic warden ends a rough day by finding an unlikely friend and saviour at a supermarket checkout.

London-based screenwriter Kulvinder Gill with a thriller, FEMME FATALE. Ed, a teacher and serial philanderer meets Mandeep, a mysterious and alluring older woman. But the flirty banter turns sinister when it becomes clear that Mandeep knows much more about Ed than she should.

New Zealand-based writer, actor and producer Anita Ross with a sci-fi drama, THE WITCH’S HANDBOOK. At a time, where female artists are hunted as witches, the wife of a witch hunter must hide their daughter’s reckless enthusiasm for drawing, while keeping secrets of her own.

The IMDb consumer site ( is the #1 movie website in the world with a combined web and mobile audience of more than 250 million unique visitors a month. In addition to supporting Bath Film Festival’s Script to Screen Award, IMDb also supports the festival’s IMDb New Filmmaker Award, designed to discover and promote emerging talent. It is open to anyone who has already made a short film of one to 10 minutes in length and does not yet have a distribution deal. This year’s deadline for entries is August 15th. The prize is £1,000 cash (to go towards making a next film), a trophy, a page for the film on IMDb and (for UK-based winners) £1,000 worth of hire kit from 180º On Set Solutions or Visual Impact.  The winning film is chosen following screenings during the Bath Film Festival

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