X-Pollinator: ELEVATOR Announces Participants!
06 October 2021

X-Pollinator: ELEVATOR Announces Participants!

Congratulations to the 20 participants selected for X-Pollinator’s ELEVATOR programme! ELEVATOR is a new development programme that will support emerging and diverse female and non-binary writers, directors and creative partnerships, to become the inclusive leaders of the future.

Creative Europe MEDIA Desk Ireland is delighted to support an introductory pitching workshop with coach Bonnie Williams who will help the ELEVATOR participants pitch their projects internationally.

The ELEVATOR programme will support a deeper range of under-represented and emerging voices. The programme will nurture members of the LGBTIQ+ community, People of Colour and Talents with disabilities, and those from under-represented groups and diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

ELEVATOR is also focussing on regional voices, with more than half of its participants from outside of the Dublin region. Each participant will have a project that they wish to develop and pitch across the initiative. The successful participants are:

  • Oyindamola Animashaun
  • Al Bellamy
  • Nicola Cassidy
  • Becky Cheatle
  • Ker Costello
  • Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi
  • Alba Fernandez
  • Martha Fitzgerald
  • Nell Hensey
  • Esosa Ighodaro
  • Nina Jablonska
  • Tosin Jerugba
  • Sinead Lemass
  • Caitlin Magnall-Kearns
  • Tania Notaro
  • Allie O’Rourke and MJ Stokes
  • Lynn Rafferty
  • Jenny Roche and Hazel McGuire
  • Shannon Welby
  • Kristina Yee

Supported by Screen Skills Ireland, Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), ELEVATOR will offer its participants a comprehensive understanding of the development process through case studies and panels.

The programme will consist of six online sessions, with speakers including director Kate Dolan (You Are Not My Mother), festival programmer and producer Roisin Geraghty (Sunlight), a case study with production company Fable Pictures (Anne Boleyn, Rocks) and an introductory pitching workshop supported by Creative Europe MEDIA Desk Ireland.

These sessions will lead up to an online pitch event, where the participants can opt in to present their project in front of an industry panel. The winning pitch will be awarded development funding of €2,500 to write a treatment, and have the support of a script editor, producing mentor and a designer to create a pitch book for their project.