Sheffield film-maker aims for success

Film-maker Toby Watts
Film-maker Toby Watts
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A Sheffield film-maker has spoken of his determination to succeed – after making it to the final 20 in an international film competition.

Toby Watts found himself one step closer to Hollywood when his Bible-inspired short film idea He That Dances impressed the judges of the Enter The Pitch contest

The competition offered a chance for one winner to work on their project in Hollywood with a number of industry professionals.

Toby, who lives near Ecclesall Road, was eliminated from the competition last week – but said he was determined his film will get made anyway.

The 25-year-old, who has been writing and filming since his early teens, said: “The competition was a fantastic opportunity and forced me to work hard at creating an interesting story, which I believe I now have, along with a 90 per cent finished script.

“It would have been great to win the competition and get my film made, as this would have helped me get build some serious contacts in the industry as a writer, but my elimination won’t stop me from making this project a reality. “I just need to source other means of funding now.”

The writer, who graduated from Cambridge University three years ago, before returning to live in the city, is hopeful 2014 will be his year.

He said: “I’ve been doing a lot of writing and filming in partnership with my brother and we’re both really enthusiastic about a number of projects we have on the go.

“I may be out of the competition, but the future is looking bright for us.

“We’re also planning a pilot schools project for next year, which we hope will see us working in local schools with young people, teaching them about the art of filmmaking.

“We love the idea of helping to pass our knowledge and passion for this industry on to a whole new generation of potential filmmakers.”