Following the success of the Short Film Development Programme originally run by Film Hub South East, we have brought the programme to the Midlands, offering our regions writers the same opportunity to work with script and story editor Jessica Jones and other industry guests.

The programme takes place from January – April 2021. Over three months participants will develop a short film idea into a script, receiving individual guidance and notes on their project plus the opportunity to find out more about what producers are looking for in a short.



Bobby Tiwana


Bobby is a producer of digital projects and live performance and a handful of animated film shorts. Bobby’s a developing writer and looking forward to crafting his first live action script for short film.

Charles Strider & Ciara O'Rourke

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Charles Strider & Ciara O'Rourke


Writer and Art Director Ciara's work celebrates and explores matters of gender fluidity, womanhood, and identity through strange and surreal narratives. 

Charles is a Writer and Assistant Director whose most recent short script 'A Glass House' has received strong feedback from international writing competitions.


Darryl Foster


Darryl is an actor and producer, best known for his role as Nick, in the BBC Two and HBO Max series Trigonometry. Alongside acting, he is a development producer at Fremantle and is now moving into writing. He recently developed and exec produced the Campaign Media Publishing awarded Podcast of The Year 2020, 'This Is Spoke'.

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James Cresswell


Musician and Writer James credits his MA in Film and Television for inspiring him to start writing stories and making short films based around the atmospheres that he explores through his music. James was recently commissioned as part of BBC Arts' New Creatives scheme to write horror-themed radio drama, 'No Place Like Home'

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Michael Jobling


Michael started his filmmaking career by working as an intern at the production company Soup Factory, gaining valuable experience in music videos and commercials. Upon graduating from university, and winning an RTS Student award for his film 'Anoesis', he co-founded the production company Them Pesky Kids. 

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Michael Yeoman


In 2017, Mike founded FlipYou Comedy- a film-making collective creating comedy shorts that have screened internationally. Mike is also a recent graduate of the University of Derby where he gained a Dean's Award in 2019.

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Penelope Yeulet


Penelope wrote and directed her first short film in 2019 which is currently on the festival circuit and is in post on her second. She is particularly interested in telling women's stories and wants to take audiences on an unexpected journey where she hopes they might discover something new and exciting about themselves or about the world.

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Shameela J Walker


Shameela is a graduate of the National Film & Television School’s MA Screenwriting, and a recent participant of Birmingham Rep’s Write away, and Belgrade Theatre and Tamasha’s Critical Mass playwriting programme. Shameela has assisted and directed on several theatre projects and is interested in exploring the human condition and telling stories with a social focus.

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Shyam Popat


Shyam is a recent graduate from the NFTS Screenwriting MA and is now developing shorts and features. His writing focus is drama which explores contemporary social themes from a historical perspective.


Sophie Chester-Nash


Sophie is a graduate from Transforming Arts Institute in Madrid, Spain, studying Film Directing & New Media. Her creative focus is centred on telling stories with foundations in social-political topics, including freedom of movement and miscarriage.

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Thomas Tyrell


Thomas is a filmmaker, rapper and illustrator whose work has screened in some of the UK's leading independent cinemas and Birmingham based BAFTA qualifying festival Flatpack. Most recently Thomas has been working as a Camera Assistant on 'BBC Doctors' a slate of 'BBC/ACE - New Creatives' films.