Skriva Writing School, in association with The Bridge Awards, is delighted to announce that the winner of our 2016 Film Script Development Award is Jan Smith, with her script 'Victory Park'.
Jan will have her script read and appraised by Douglas Dougan and receive an intensive script development session. Douglas said: ‘The standard of all entries was encouragingly high, but we chose Jan because there was a developing original voice in her writing. Her script project – set in the Romany community – was new and different, and Jan’s own journey as a writer is at a stage where she needs an extra jolt to take her where she wants to be. I very much look forward to working with her.’
Originally born in County Durham, Jan has lived in Scotland for more than twenty years. An advertising copywriter and novelist (writing under her penname JJ Durham) she has been screenwriting full time for the past three years, with a number of credits under her belt, including episodes of BBC’s Doctors, and of Irish continuing drama Red Rock. ‘I’m so pleased to have won this award. It’s very hard – almost impossible – for a writer to develop their own voice when they’re writing for existing shows. My session with Douglas will help me take things to the next level.’
More information about Jan can be found here
Also highly commended was our runner-up, Claire Nicol, with her script, 'The Red Leaf'. Claire won a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award (2016) as co-writer on Best Drama Hula. In 2015, she was commissioned to adapt Janice Galloway’s award-winning memoirs into a feature screenplay and is currently writing a play for Elaine C. Smith.