Creative England, BFI Film Fund and BBC Films have appointed Christopher Granier-Deferre as Executive Producer for the next round of iFeatures, the UK’s flagship initiative for emerging feature film talent.
Christopher (right) has extensive experience in producing successful low-budget films, with his most recent production Gone Too Far!, written by Olivier Award-winner Bola Agbaje and directed by Screen Star of Tomorrow Destiny Ekaragha, premiering at this year’s BFI London Film Festival to rave reviews, including 4* in Time Out.
Earlier work includes The Hide which was hailed as one of the “best 100 films of the year” by The Telegraph in 2009. The film was BIFA nominated and its star Alex Macqueen was nominated for an Evening Standard award.
Christopher succeeds Tristan Goligher who is currently overseeing post-production and delivery on films previously greenlit under the scheme.
The partners have also announced that iFeatures will re-open for submissions from 27 January 2014, with a number of roadshows for prospective applicants taking place in Newcastle, Sheffield, Nottingham, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Brighton during January and February.
As with previous rounds, iFeatures will develop a slate of 16 projects from up-coming writer, director and producer teams, leading to three films being greenlit in early 2015, each with a budget of £350,000. The partners will fully-finance, with BBC pre-buying UK free TV rights. The accompanying professional development programme is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund.
Christopher Granier-Deferre said: “iFeatures is at the heart of supporting emerging talent in England, particularly outside of London, and I’m delighted to be joining the incredibly dynamic film team at Creative England. I look forward to making a real difference in how we as an industry discover, nurture and promote our next generation of feature filmmakers.”
Chris Moll, Head of Film at Creative England, said: “We’re thrilled to have Christopher on board. There’s still a lack of diversity in both the stories and the filmmakers coming to initiatives like iFeatures. Christopher’s fresh take on this as well his previous support for exceptional writers and directors such as Bola, Destiny, Alia Bano, Abby Ajayi and Chiman Rahimi make him the perfect candidate to make a real impact in this area.”
Filmmakers interested in applying to iFeatures should keep an eye on the iFeatures website (www.ifeatures.co.uk) for more details on the launch and roadshows.