William Horsefield, 19, has been recently selected as one of the five finalists in the Dream to Screen competition!

Launched by Cineworld Foundation and Media Trust with support from the Jack Petchey Foundation in May of this year, the Dream to Screen competition aims to find the UK’s brightest young film maker.  Dream to Screen is set up to give youngsters with an undiscovered filmmaking talent an opportunity to be mentored and make their way in the film industry.

“I want to be professional filmmaker because I love to see the audience enjoy watching my film.  I want to get into the film industry to find out how they made it and what makes the film a masterpiece.  I’m very honoured to work with a mentor who has a lot of experience from the film industry.  I believe the mentor will open the door for me to the new experience of film industry.” – William

William was first recognised for his filmmaking talents by Deaffest where he won the Young Deaffest Award 2013 for his film I Won’t Do That Again! and the following year won the Young Deaffest Award 2014 for his unique entertaining film The Battery Battle.  This is the first time anyone has won the Young Deaffest Award more than once!

Competing against more than 500 other young hopefuls, William’s entry has been selected as one of the top five entries by a panel of high-profile judges, including Dame Helen Mirren and BAFTA Chief Executive Amanda Berry.

“It was an absolute joy to watch the pitches. There were many different approaches but all the applications shared a passion for their craft and I was impressed by the creative interpretations of the theme of ‘inspiration’. The five finalists will be supported and encouraged by their BAFTA mentors, who will assist them to realise their ‘Dream to Screen’” – Amanda Berry

William along with the four other finalists Onysha Collins, George O’Regan, Callum Costello and Sarah Grant will be given a £2000 budget, equipment and access to an experienced film mentor, to make a film based on the theme of ‘inspiration’.  William will be mentored by TV and multi-platform creative, Basi Akpabio, who will be helping him achieve his film Welcome to the Deaf World.

The finalists will then share their films online from the 1st September 2014 and the overall winner will be selected by a public vote.  The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in autumn and the winning film will be shown at Cineworld cinemas across the UK, Ireland and Channel Islands, and also receive a trip to Hollywood organised by 20th Century Fox!

Many congratulations to William and all the best with his film!

To read more about the Dream to Screen competition, please see here.

You can follow William’s progress with his film on Facebook here and on Twitter @WTTDF_Film

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