LONDON — British digital studio Slingshot has pacted with regional screen agency Screen West Midlands to co-finance seven features with budgets in the $500,000 to $1 million range over the next two years.
Screen WM will act as exec producers and contribute 25% of the budget with the remainder provided by Slingshot and its financing partners.
Projects will be greenlit on a commercial basis, but with an emphasis given to projects which will either film regionally, or draw on talent from the region or both.
Announcing the deal, Lee Thomas, Screen SW head of development and production said, “At a time when traditional production finance and distribution methods are in a rapid state of flux, and digital technology has made it possible to re-think the way careers and films are launched and exploited, it’s a coup for us to have found a partner that brings tremendously fresh thinking to the full spectrum of film and talent development, production, and digital film exploitation.”
Although no projects have been given the go-ahead, two are in strong contention. They are: “The Death of Christine James,” about the violent breakdown of a marriage, written by Geoff Thompson, helmed by Michael Baig-Clifford and co-produced by Natasha Carlish of Dreamfinder Prods.; and “Katherine Desouza,” a psychological thriller about a missing woman, adapted by Midlands’ playwright Nick Stafford from his own play.
The deal was negotiated for Slingshot by James Kay and Nick Owers of the Olswang film team and by Natalie Bass of Lee & Thompson on behalf of Screen West Midlands.