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DEVELOPING ROOM FILMS

We seek to create films for the youth of today - both in appeal and subject matter, using art to tackle, explore, and address social issues relevant to contemporary British young adults.

Our debut motion picture was the coming-of-age student film Sticky Toffee Pudding, a teen drama about a boarding school student who falls in with the wrong crowd after losing his best friend. The film was made exclusively by a team of first-time student filmmakers and featured in a total of sixteen different festivals around the world, winning BritCon Film Festival's Best Feature Film Award (2020) & Changing Face International Film Festival's Best Fiction Feature Award (June, 2020). The film built a cult following online, and received worldwide distribution through Bayview Entertainment and Shoreline Entertainment. It is now available to buy or rent from Amazon Prime UKVimeo Worldwide, and select stores across America including Walmart.

Our sophomore production and debut short film was the proof-of-concept sports spoof comedy Swingers. The film qualified for the BAFTAs, screening at festivals such as Carmarthen Bay Film Festival (2022) and Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (2021). It also won the award for Best Acting at the London International Monthly Film Festival (September, 2021).

Our second short film project, the mental health comedy drama fairytale The Girl and the Tide won the Special Mention prize for Best Costume Design at the BIFA-qualifying Unrestricted View Film Festival (2023), and the runner up prizes for Best Short Film and Best Cinematography at the LIMFF (October, 2022). It is now available to watch for free on YouTube.

Our second feature film, Mother Maker Lover Taker, and third short film, When The Party's Over, are currently embarking on their film festival runs. Mother Maker Lover Taker is a supernatural sapphic feature film examining love & loss, featuring original music by the Grammy-nominated artist Birdy. It premiered at the BIFA-qualifying Unrestricted View Film Festival (2024) where it won the Festival Director's Choice award, and has also been selected for the BIFA-qualifying Brighton Rocks Film Festival (2024). When The Party's Over, which is a short film about addiction & party culture starring Hannan Ahmed (Brassic, The Day of the Jackal) premiered out-of-competiton at the BAFTA/Academy Award-qualifying Raindance Film Festival (2024) and has also received an Honourable Mention selection at the BIFA-qualifying Brighton Rocks Film Festival (2024).

Upcoming projects include Breakwater, a psychological student feature film starring Daniel McNamee and Shaun Paul McGrath (Carthago); mental health short film A Little Bit of Light, written and directed by BFI x BAFTA Mentorship & BFI x Lux Artists alumni Mojola Akinyemi; She Will Play On, a community-oriented short film exploring accessibility in women’s regional football; Show Me The Sounds, a short film about hearing-loss, and the winner of our inaugural 2023 New Talent Film Fund; and To Catch a Siren, a short film about the migrant boat crisis, which just won the Shore Scripts' 2024 Spring Short Film Fund Grand Prize.

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CREATIVE NETWORK

"It really became the foundations of my film career. I had zero prior experience, but the team created a perfect environment for learning on the job."

- Sound Recordist on Sticky Toffee Pudding

We are also committed to cultivating a supportive network & community for young creatives to develop and mature into artists. We know how hard it is to break into the industry and are determined to give eager, hardworking young people the chance to get real, hands-on production experience. With every single project, we strive to ensure that at least 25% of our casts and crews are made up of industry newcomers. In fact, across 2021 and 2022, 45% of the casts & crews employed on the company's various short film projects were first-time filmmakers.

"I learnt a lot and appreciate the interest I could feel in supporting people who are relatively newer to the industry, like me, especially as I was encouraged to ask questions."

- Production Assistant on When The Party's Over

Filmmaking is about community. It literally takes a village. So we strive to use our platform to lift up other filmmakers, help them find one another, and build their tribe, in addition to trying to demystify the industry and help emerging talent kickstart their careers. We do this through our bi-annual New Talent Film Fund (where we award one visionary filmmaker a considerable production fund), our bi-weekly Opportunity Alert newsletter (sharing the 10 best film-related opportunities in London), events (such as our sell-out speed networking nights), mentorship & masterclass programmes (where emerging creatives can get exclusive access to panels, talks & classes, subsidised career consultations, and exclusive workshops with industry professionals), match-making service (where we pair up compatible creatives), and much more!

The Developing Room is more than just a production company. We're a hub for like-minded filmmakers who want to learn, grow, and better themselves as creatives.

MEET THE TEAM

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Harvey John is the Founder & CEO of The Developing Room. As a teenager, he conceived of The Developing Room as a means of producing films for British youth by British youth, and to create a community where emerging filmmakers could help uplift one another. On July 14th 2021, the company was officially launched, and years later, that ethos remains as true as ever, with the company having successfully grown into both an award-winning production company that directly funds and supports young & emerging filmmakers, and a thriving film community that seeks to support new and upcoming filmmakers break into the industry.

A screenwriter & producer in his own right, Harvey seeks to tell allegorical stories that tackle important social themes and challenge an audience's view of the world. His latest short film screenplay To Catch A Siren is in the Top 1% of all scripts on Coverfly, and recently won the Grand Prize in Shore Scripts' 2024 Spring Short Film Fund.

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Having been a frequent collaborator of the company, Emma-Kate Barry officially joined The Developing Room in 2023, where she assists Harvey as both an in-house producer and administrator. Primarily an actress, Emma-Kate made her feature debut as Lilibet Ashworth-Browne in our very own Sticky Toffee Pudding (2020), for which she was nominated Best Actress at the BIFA-Qualifying Unrestricted View Film Festival. She is also the star of the upcoming Mannequin Mouth feature film Mother Maker Lover Taker (2024), and her work in shorts include Infected Love (2018), Swingers (2021), The Girl and the Tide (2022), and When The Party’s Over (2024). Her stage credits include Lord of the Flies (Exeter Northcott Theatre, 2019), Human Resources (Putney Arts, 2022) and Pickles, Peaches, and the End of the World (The Hope Theatre, 2023).

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