I have been writing for twelve years and have written over a dozen feature screenplays in various genres, including comedy, romantic comedy, period, action-adventure, thriller and horror. My work is escapist, commercial and ambitious, but no matter what the story or the genre I believe I can always find something new to say.
I have been a finalist in more than a dozen top writing competitions. CALIBURN won both the Genre Prize and Management Prize in the LA Screenwriters’ Expo contest. Simon Kinberg (SHERLOCK HOLMES, MR & MRS SMITH) said of the script: "Really enjoyed the read! Nicholas is an obvious talent." My horror script THE GOOD PEOPLE made the 2011 Brit List.
KNIGHT KNIGHT came second in Final Draft’s 2007 Big Break contest, winning me a trip to LA to receive an award and meet industry professionals, including Oliver Stone. The contest judges included the writers of X-MEN, STARMAN, STAND BY ME and GOLDENEYE. I co-produced KNIGHT KNIGHT with Hermit Film Productions. The New York Times said of it “The script, by Nicholas Horwood, is packed with droll anachronisms and comic observations on the medieval era, as well as amusing twists.”
I spent a year on Guiding Lights - a film mentoring scheme sponsored by Working Title Films, BFI, Skillset and others - and was mentored by Tony Grisoni (FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, TIDELAND). I also spent six months on the UK Film Council’s Development Programme, receiving a grant and development assistance to develop GURK - a fantasy comedy, which won me a place on the London Screenwriters’ Festival’s mentoring programme with Disney/Pixar writer David Reynolds (FINDING NEMO). The script was optioned by Aardman Animations’ former Head of Development.
My short THAT THING YOU DREW premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and won an honourable mention at Los Angeles. It won the Jury Prize at Malta’s Kinemastik festival and the Audience Award at Warsaw. My short FUNDAY was nominated for a Welsh BAFTA. Tony Grisoni described the film as “Deliciously melancholic.” It has been in competition in the Raindance Film Festival and International Film Festival Manhattan.
In 2011 I was selected for FilmFyn’s prestigious ‘Screenwriting for Writers and Producers’ workshop held in Odense, Denmark, along with 28 other filmmakers from around the EU. The workshop was run by producers Brendan Foley (THE RIDDLE) and Hollywood veteran Ned Dowd (APOCALYPTO, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, KING ARTHUR.)