Advice for getting your script produced
By Saranne Bensusan
I am a writer/producer who has written four short films and two features that successfully went on to get made. I have produced 11 films in total, including eight short films and three feature films. In the 2015/2016 year (starting at Cannes in May 2015) I have had 15 international film festival screenings of my work, with a future screening of ‘Mano a Mono’ at Carmarthen Bay Film Festival in May 2016 (a BAFTA Cymru qualifying festival) and ‘The Hunting of the Snark’ being screened as part of the Toronto Film Week, which runs alongside the Toronto Film Festival in September. I have also picked up six awards at festivals in that time.
If you haven’t made anything before, start with something that won’t be expensive to make, such as a short film, as this will be attractive to film makers. It is likely that as in the majority of cases of short films, there won’t be any money available to make it, so things like the number of people you need and locations really play a big part. Most of this will be the producer in me talking, but it is the producer in me that has led to my writing better screenplays.