We are so pleased to announce the two winners the our mentoring competition - Nic Owen and Nadia Emam! Congratulations to them both!

We had such an amazing response to the mentoring opportunity that we hope to run another one early next year, so if you haven't been successful this time around, there will be more opportunities in the future.

Get to know our winners...

Nic Owen

Nic is a Gateshead based writer. She is currently one of the screenwriters chosen for BFI/Film Hub North Script Lab 2021, for which she is developing a short film script. She is also selected for the 2021 BBC Writersroom North East Voices programme for which she is developing a one page pitch based on one of her original ideas.

Two of her previous full length scripts have been longlisted for BBC Writersroom (Drama) and the Bruntwood Prize For Playwriting and she has written micro plays performed at Live Theatre and Alphabetti Theatre.

Nic's writing celebrates the unique culture and diversity of the North East, often with a bias towards showcasing the resilience, humour and warmth of female relationships. Nic is particularly interested in creating authentic and relevant work based around her own experiences growing up in a working class home and from her observations of over a decade working as an emergency responder on the streets. In her spare time she enjoys keeping her three hives of honeybees and geriatric cat happy, getting tattooed and snowboarding.

Nic will have one mentoring session with a writer/director and another session with a producer.

Nadia Emam

Nadia is a writer-director based in Sheffield, working in theatre as a supported artist of The Crucible. She moved into filmmaking with performance poetry, the first of which won the WEX Short Film Competition in 2019. She then went on to write and direct her first short film ‘There are Lights’ produced by Candle and Bell, funded by BFI Network.

Nadia will have one mentoring session with a writer and another with a self-shooting documentary filmmaker.