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'Against The Law' Development 31 May 2016

Against The Law is an ambitious drama-documentary that will immerse our audience in a time before 1967 when homosexuals were viewed as criminals who could be incarcerated or forced to undergo medical treatments in order to deal with their 'condition'. The drama at the heart of the film tells the compelling story behind the Montagu Trial which began the seachange in attitudes towards homosexuals. Woven through it will be fascinating documentary testimony from those who lived under the shadow of the laws against homosexuals helping us bring to life the reality of a less enlightened time in our recent history.

Amount: £10,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: British Broadcasting Corporation

The Seahorse 31 May 2016

Filmed over three years with unique access, following one of the first British trans-gender men to carry and give birth to a baby, The Seahorse is a lyrical, intimate and poetic film about gender identity, new life and the challenges of parenthood as a trans-man. "It doesn’t have to be an automatically female experience...because I feel male... I am male. The fact that I am a man but I can also carry children feels like a huge privilege." A world away from bodyshock television programming, The Seahorse will be a challenging and emotional film for a worldwide cinema audience.

Amount: £3,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Grain Media

How to Build a Human 31 May 2016

In this film we are going to explore the subject of AI for a mainstream C4 audience. Actress Gemma Chan is going to author a film that poses the question how far is the fictional world of Humans from the world we live in today. The film wiill explore the greatest existential challenge our species faces. C4 have also given us a budget to build a (static) android robot that looks like Gemma, sounds like Gemma and will able to pass a basic turing test. The robot will push the boundaries of what autonomous robots have been able to achieve...

Amount: £7,500
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Little Gem Media Ltd

Everything 30 Apr 2016

Everything is a game which allows exploration and manipulation of every known, visible universe. Every object in the game is a playable character, from atoms to galaxies. The game is rather like a playable nature documentary.

Amount: £10,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Cat Head Productions Inc

24 HOURS INSIDE THE BODY 30 Apr 2016

In 24 Hours Inside Your Body volunteers will have their every movement tracked by scientists who will marry the unique footage taken with data they’ll collect from a supersized ‘fitbit’ worn by each contributor, to find out what’s going on inside their bodies, every minute of the day. The experts will spot key trigger points when someone’s lifestyle is having an impact on their future well-being and will try to influence the volunteers to make changes to their lifestyle to improve their lives. Using big data we'll investigate how the environment and what we consume affects our bodies.

Amount: £10,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Full Fat TV

Eden Star: Destroy - Build - Protect 30 Apr 2016

Eden Star is a science fiction, AAA-Indie game set in a dark future at the cusp of humanity’s first steps into deep-space colonisation. The core experience explores a battle for survival as you search for a cure to a deadly disease upon the uncharted world of Pharus 7. At this stage of project we want to challenge the portrayal antimicrobial resistance in a survival game-space by exploring the management and mismanagement of treatments and the lasting effects on the player, their sate and the world around them.

Amount: £10,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Flix Interactive

Investigating the role of folate metabolism in driving mitochondrial DNA mutations and ageing. 30 Sep 2017

The central research question is whether folate metabolism has a direct impact on the integrity of the mitochondrial genome during ageing. The mitochondrial genome has many copies within the cell and somatic mutations are known to occur in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) at a higher rate than the nuclear genome. The term heteroplasmy is used to describe the ratio of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) type i.e., ratio of normal to mutant mtDNA. The percentage of heteroplasmy increases during one’s lifetime and may be a contributor to disease onset and ageing. We propose that prolonged suboptimal folate status leads to increased mtDNA heteroplasmy. Folate should be considered a key nutrient, not just for the prevention of birth defects but also for healthy ageing. The overarching aim of my project is to assess the relevance of folate metabolism and ageing on mtDNA heteroplasmy using (i) Human samples of varying ages with measurements of folate status and (ii) Mouse and zebrafish models of compromised folate one carbon metabolism. Objective 1: Assessment of the impact of age and folate status on mtDNA heteroplasmy in human subjects. Objectives 2 & 3: An analysis of mtDNA heteroplasmy and copy number in mouse and zebrafish models.

Amount: £80,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Dublin City University

Cosmo Plague 31 Mar 2016

Platform: PC Game type: 2D damage-containment sim It’s the future. No-one knows exactly when. The great and noble hospital ship H.M.S. Fleming continues on it’s exploration of the furthest reaches of the galaxy. It’s mission: to research and cure the medical ailments of the universe. However, a reckless use of antibiotics unleashes a deadly bacteria on the crew. Take control of a spaceship in crisis as you try and manage the outbreak. quarantining patients, shutting down wings of the ship and dispatching cleanup crews in a desperate bid to halt the spread, all while trying to work on a cure.

Amount: £9,960
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Mutant Labs

Learning By Heart 30 Apr 2016

Learning By Heart is a romantic comedy-drama by BAFTA-nominee Virginia Gilbert. It is the story of JULIET, a young student with Asperger’s syndrome, who struggles to accept her condition, choosing to hide it. When her university place is threatened, Juliet turns to film as a tool to help her study 'acceptable' behaviour, make sense of the world, and salvage her academic career. Helped by her new-found friend, DAVE, a shy, wannabe filmmaker, Juliet tries to find an identity that fits, but is forced to recognise that she already has one more lovable than any she might try to mimic.

Amount: £10,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Lookout Point

Shoreham / Trauma film development 31 Mar 2016

SURVIVING TRAUMA 1 x 60 Documentary The Shoreham air crash was Britain’s worst airshow disaster in over 60 years. 11 died when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet plummeted onto a busy main road. This is a film about the effects of the crash on those who survived it, told by a filmmaker with a unique and personal perspective. "I want to know how it affected the survivors - because I’m one of them." Ben Bowie

Amount: £10,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Bigger Bang Communications

THE COMPETITORS 31 Mar 2016

A runaway prostitute falls in with a lone rider pursuing a stolen child through a brutal dystopian landscape. THE COMPETITORS is an award winning feature film screenplay that engages the high concepts of the Western, while also interrogating some of the genre's most complex themes. In a story where two women confront the violence within, it asks the question – what does it mean to compete? And what does it take to win? THE COMPETITORS introduces two powerful, complex women protagonists who redefine a genre we thought we knew. And who expose a world we try to ignore.

Amount: £8,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Escape Plan Productions Ltd

How early visual cortex encodes the binocular statistics of the natural world 30 Sep 2017

Stereoscopic “3D” depth perception relies on sensing small disparities between the images viewed by the left and right eyes. Comparing the two eyes’ images and extracting these disparities is a complex process which begins in the brain’s primary visual cortex (V1). Many neurons in this cortical area are sensitive to binocular disparity, even when no other depth cues are present. I want to understand how they achieve this. Current neural network models capture many aspects of this computation, but real neurons seem better adapted to the statistics of the real world than current models can explain. I plan to record from individual neurons in the primary visual cortex as many thousands of stereoscopic images are viewed. I will exploit new analytical techniques to fit more sophisticated models. I will explore how current models fail, e.g. by failing to capture how real neurons respond to differences in contrast and spatial frequency. I will then modify current models, e.g. by incorporating divisive normalisation. I hope this will produce new insights into how the two eyes’ images are combined in the brain, with benefits to other aspects of perception.

Amount: £80,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Newcastle University

True Legacy 23 Sep 2016

True Legacy is the neo-noir interactive story game for mobile. A neo-noir dystopian crime drama, following a career city investigator; a woman who is institutionally loyal with a worn sense of protocol. Set in the near future, with the context of the effects computer intelligence and robotics on employment, and the morality and politics of human genetics. In True Legacy, the player enters the story through branching text with action and dialogue options, and rich 3D illustrated locations with interactive puzzles. The implications of the players actions are significant, giving very contrasting experiences to different personality types.

Amount: £10,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Blindfire Limited

Astrologaster 23 Sep 2016

Astrologaster is a humorous story game that models the career and medical practice of the historical figure Simon Forman, Elizabethan doctor, astrologer and alchemist. Players take the role of Forman, casting astrological charts to answer questions about sickness, cures and future fortunes. If patients are happy with the diagnosis and treatment, the player gains status, wealth and social advancement. If patients are dissatisfied, the player risks exposure as a charlatan or being sued for malpractice by the College of Physicians of London and his status declines. A multi-stranded narrative develops.

Amount: £10,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Nyamyam

Missing In Acton 30 Jun 2016

Missing In Acton is a unique, narrative driven interactive experience where the player plays as part of the subconscious of an average 30yr old living in London. The game follows as his life slowly starts falling apart, seemingly fuelled by the chance viewing of a surreal modern art video installation. As his subconscious you can influence his day-to-day life, but also explore his dreams and his inner thoughts, trying to make sense of what's happening to him. As the game progresses this separation between his waking life and his dreams start to merge into a single hypnagogic fever dream.

Amount: £10,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: No Organisation

The Trojan Candidate 30 Jun 2016

A week before launch, two teams of astronauts selected for the first privately funded mission to Mars go into quarantine together. When the main crew’s commander gets injured, the backups are tapped to fly out instead. Gradually discovering the real reasons behind each of her colleagues’ motivation to leave Earth, Grace begins to question her place on this mission. Unlike most films tackling space exploration, 'The Trojan Candidate' is a psychological drama focusing on the inner-workings of people who put themselves forward for such dangerous missions. The film offers a realistic, intimate glimpse into their individual fragility, vulnerability and co-dependence.

Amount: £10,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: ToyBox Films

False Memory Project 31 Mar 2016

The Memory Factory is a proposal from BAFTA and International EMMY Award winning producers from Duck Soup Films to work with BAFTA nominated Writer and Director Rachel Tunnard to develop a treatment for a 4 part serialised TV Drama. A crime mystery that explores ‘perception’ in the context of a missing person investigation. It is a story about the impact of memories, consciousness and personal interpretation on our autobiographical self. We propose to consult with a number of expert academics in the field of ‘false memory’ to ensure the drama is both scientifically accurate and fundamentally authentic.

Amount: £10,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Duck Soup Films Ltd

MERCY 31 Mar 2016

Set in Nairobi in the recent past, MERCY tells the story of two very different women: ANNA, a journalist, who is fast succumbing to the pain of Africa. Drinking excessively, keeping two lovers, missing deadlines, Anna is hell-bent on self-annihilation when MERCY persuades Anna to give her a job as a house-girl. Mercy is a powerhouse, with a fierce wit and strong intelligence. Their push-me, pull-you friendship forms the core of this emotionally powerful story as we plunge into HIV/AIDS in Africa, the formidable challenges faced by medics, scientists and aid workers and the policies and attitudes of western governments.

Amount: £9,800
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Cowboy Films

Josephine Baker's Rainbow Tribe 31 Mar 2016

JOSEPHINE BAKER AND THE RAINBOW TRIBE tells the story of the twelve multi-racial children adopted by superstar Josephine Baker in the 1950s. With personal and historical archive and testimony, we explore the utopian social experiment that would demonstrate how nurture could eradicate racism. Josephine raised her family during the Civil Rights era, when racial, cultural, and political lines were being redrawn – and when John Bowlby’s pioneering work on attachment theory and the child-rearing handbooks of Dr. Benjamin Spock were revolutionizing concepts of developmental and child psychology. Our film is a journey into issues of race, celebrity, motherhood and belonging.

Amount: £10,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Field Day Productions

Return to Strong City 31 Jan 2016

'Return To Strong City' (working title) is a development project for a feature length documentary for broadcast on televsion, at festivals and theatrical release. BBC Storyville are already a partner and will provide a UK terrestrial broadcast for the proposed film. The purpose of this application is to enable me to gain further understanding of the themes inherent in the subject by consulting with relevant adademics during develoment and fund the filming and editing of a taster tape that can be used to secure co-production funding for broadcast in the US and in cinemas for the long form film.