Current third year Film & TV student Wayne Mazadza has been awarded £3.5k to put one of his scripts into production. We found out what was involved and how he plans to use the funding.

“I spent eight months writing a script that I thought was just for my archives as it required too much resources, costumes, set design and props. I had no intention of ever making it, even though it was one of my better ideas, because it was financially impossible.

One day I received an email from our course administrator about a synopsis submission competition held by SLS (South London Shorts). The winner could stand a chance of winning £3.5K to fund their film. I decided to apply.

The entry fee was just £5, making it ideal for students, and it only took a couple of minutes to enter.

Three months on and a few competition rounds later, my script won and is now in pre-production stage.

The film is about a schizophrenic father and his terminally ill daughter and their relationship as the last two people on earth. We currently plan on shooting in early May but no release dates as we are planning to release it in line with festivals.

Getting these fund from SLS means I can hire the equipment I need, build a set, have a budget for all aspects of design, research and pay actors. All of this has changed the scale of my work and brought to life an idea that I would have just kept for myself.

As an art/design student there is nothing more disheartening than being unable to make something you want to because of lacking funds or support. It is a psychological barrier to creativity so I am really thankful that I came across that email and opportunity. It really means a lot to me and it has given me a little bit more confidence about my ideas and expressing them.”