After receiving and sorting through 150 pitches, screenplays and short films submitted by talent from all over the world, Filmaka, in conjunction with Riverstone Pictures, is pleased to announce that the winner of our Screenplay Competition is the supernatural psychological horror “A Banquet” by Justin Bull, submitted by Leonora Darby of Tea Shop Productions.
"Justin’s script really stands out," says Nik Bower, co-founder of Riverstone Pictures. “It tackles themes as diverse and universal as religious faith, mental health and the boundaries of maternal love within a gripping genre movie that is replete with striking ideas and arresting imagery.”
Leonora Darby will produce for Tea Shop, alongside Filmaka, Riverstone and Reliance Entertainment Productions 8 Ltd. Upon learning that Justin’s script had won Filmaka’s Screenplay Competition, producer Leonora Darby said: “At a time when the financial model for independent film is in flux, it is really exciting that Filmaka has made it possible for us to move forward with A Banquet. Thank you Filmaka!”
Justin Bull has written and directed a number of short films and features, the latest being "Little Rituals" directed by Marcus Nash, which is currently in post. Ruth Paxton, who has won twice at LSFF for her short films and was this year featured as one of Screen Daily's ‘Six emerging Scotland-based directors you need to know’ is attached to direct and has worked extensively on the script with Justin. Her latest short "Be Still My Beating Heart," commissioned by BBC films and Creative Scotland and starring Maxine Peake, is currently starting its festival life having premiered at LFF 2019.