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I have been a finalist in more than a dozen top writing competitions, including Final Draft’s Big Break and the PAGE International Awards. LANCELOT (aka CALIBURN) won the Grand Prize in Final Draft’s 2013 Big Break contest, winning me a trip to LA to pick up an award at the Screenwriter’s Choice Awards at Paramount Studios, and to meet managers and producers. LANCELOT has drawn praise from screenwriter Simon Kinberg (X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST), and lead to meetings with Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry Productions and J.J. Abram’s Bad Robot. The script was also selected for Amazon Studio’s Notable Projects list.

KNIGHT KNIGHT came second in the 2007 Big Break contest, winning me my first trip to Los Angeles. The contest judges included the writers of SHERLOCK HOLMES, STARMAN, STAND BY ME and GOLDENEYE. I co-produced KNIGHT KNIGHT with Hermit Film Productions in 2011. The New York Times said of the film “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 and others, and was mentored by Tony Grisoni (FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, THE BROTHERS GRIMM). I also spent six months on the UK Film Council’s Development Programme, receiving a grant and development assistance to develop PRINCE GURK - a fantasy comedy, which also won me a place on the London Screenwriters’ Festival’s Family Film mentoring lab with Disney/Pixar writer David Reynolds (FINDING NEMO).

I was selected for Torino Film Lab’s AdaptLab 2013, a prestigious novel adaptaition workshop, which took place in Lyon, Gentofte and Turin. My course tutor, Eva Svenstedt Ward, was the script editor on the original THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. 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 (KING ARTHUR, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, BOTTLE ROCKET).

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. My horror script THE GOOD PEOPLE made the 2011 Brit List. My horror-comedy LLANDFILL was shortlisted for the Nick Darke Award and also made the 2011 Bitch List: a list of Bechel Test qualifying screenplays. I won Empire magazine's 'Write Locke's next scene' contest judged by writer/director Stephen Knight.
 

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Favorite Movies

STAR WARS, TIDELAND, JAWS, DOGTOOTH, BRAZIL, 12 MONKEYS, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARC, INCEPTION, BATMAN BEGINS, SPIRITED AWAY, FINDING NEMO, LOTR, ADAPTATION, ET, DUCK SOUP, TOY STORY, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN...
 

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SPIELBERG, LAWRENCE KASDAN, ROBERT ANTON WILSON, CHARLIE KAUFMAN...
 

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