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'Dream to Screen' competition winner announced!


Sarah Grant, a 24 year old Glasgow resident, has been announced as the winner of Dream to Screen! This nationwide initiative, launched by Cineworld cinemas and Media Trust with support from the Jack Petchey Foundation, was set-up to help local communities and nurture young talent looking to make their way in the film industry.

The news was announced by ‘Fresh Meat’ star Greg McHugh at an exclusive awards ceremony at the Cineworld O2. Sarah will see her winning film, ‘The Cyclist’ showcased in Cineworld cinemas nationwide in November 2014 and will receive an all-expenses paid trip to LA organised by 20th Century Fox. Here, she will learn from Hollywood’s leading talent.

As a competition finalist, Sarah received the unique opportunity to be mentored by Michael Hines, an award winning director and producer, best known for the BAFTA-winning sitcom ‘Still Game’. She said ‘I can’t thank my mentor enough for all his advice and knowledge. Thank you to everyone for giving me the opportunity to show what waitresses from Glasgow can do!’

Greg McHugh, actor, writer and star of Fresh Meat, said: ‘It can be tough for young people to gain experience in the film industry and that is why the Dream to Screen competition is so important. Sarah Grant was a deserving winner and I hope her experience of writing, producing and directing a short film for the big screen and being mentored by an award winning director will lead to bigger and better things’.

The Dream to Screen initiative was launched in May of this year, with entries closing on the 16th June. A shortlist of five finalists was selected from over 500 entries from young people all across Britain. The shortlisting judges included actress, Dame Helen Mirren; BAFTA chief executive, Amanda Berry; UK and Ireland Sales Director for 20th Century Fox, Andrew Turner; BAFTA award winning film producer, Damian Jones;  Cineworld’s Deputy Head of Film, Andreas Vass and Media Trust’s Creative Media Director & Deputy Chief Executive, Katie Lloyd.

Despite being runners up, the other four finalists Onysha Collins (23), George O’Regan (16), William Horsefield (19) and Callum Costello (25) all said they got something from the experience. Competition finalists were given a production budget and equipment to use even after the competition. As Callum said: 'Dream to Screen really invests in the filmmaker's future’.

George directed ‘Brush’, a film about an artist’s relationship with his environment. He reminds aspiring Spielbergs to ‘Make films. You're never going to get better if you don't start somewhere and you're never going to get noticed by someone important if you don't have anything to get noticed by'.

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