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Doodledo announces £15k filmmaking bursary winner

Ricky Allen and Lindsay Fraser with James Torry and the Doodledo Team

Manchester video and animation agency Doodledo has announced the winner of its £15k film bursary award, launched last Autumn.

More than 50 filmmakers applied, ranging from relative novices to BAFTA winners and after a shortlisting process the judges, including musician and journalist John Robb and poet Tony Walsh, have made their final decision.

Director Ricky Allen and Producer Lindsay Fraser are the recipients of the bursary, after pitching what will be a hard-hitting short film, centred on issues surrounding debt and childhood poverty with the working title ‘The Wolf At The Door’.

The bursary includes a cash award and space at the Doodledo studios in Castlefield, including the recently launched post-production facilities. Bursary partners Pro Motion, based at The Sharp Project in Manchester, will support with film and television equipment hire.

“We’re incredibly excited and grateful to have won! It’s not just the finances, which help of course, but the support Doodledo are offering, the post production facilities they have, and the ideas and chemistry mean we’re really looking forward to the process of crafting this film with them.” said director Allen.

James Torry, Founder of Doodledo addeed “We were blown away by the standard and volume of entries. Ricky and Lindsay have a really important story to tell, it’s being made by someone with lived experience on the subject and it’s a very current societal issue. I think this film has a unique take on it, and we’re excited to be part of bringing that to fruition.”

Production on The Wolf At The Door begins this month and will be screened in the summer. Updates on the film production will be posted on Doodledo’s website.

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