Derek Boyes standing in front of a brick wall

Derek Boyes © Delfilm


Local filmmaker Derek Boyes from Maidstone in Kent has made it through to The Big Pitch final with his dark gritty, neo noir thriller ‘Blackout’, set on the Isle of Sheppey.

The Big Pitch website will detail all four finalists in the running to scoop the largest feature film production prize in the UK as The Big Pitch website launches and vote for your favourite film idea.

The Big Pitch, dubbed ‘the X-Factor of Film’, is an innovative Skillset supported competitive training programme that attracted over 200 applications from the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming filmmakers when it was launched as part of Northern Lights Film Festival 2007.

After a series of elimination rounds four fantastic projects have been chosen.  In 2008, visitors could check out The Big Pitch website and find each of the projects and the teams behind them. Content will consist of documentary, previous work, current pitch and blog all of their activities and announcements including casting.

Derek’s project Blackout is a relentless and increasingly fast paced modern thriller, flashing backwards and forwards in time, keeping the audience hooked right to the very end.

Blackout Poster - an arm holding a stone

Blackout Poster © Delfilm

The story centers round Gary, a twenty one year old, who wakes up in the middle of a wood next to the body of a brutally murdered local girl. Unable to remember anything he attempts to flee the barren windswept island, only to discover the police are already looking for him. Trapped and confused, Gary is forced to cover up the evidence in a desperate attempt to buy time, recall his fragmented memory and figure out what really happened. However things are much darker than he first imagined and without warning he is inexplicably drawn into a world of violence where he is forced to discover what he is truly capable of.

On December 6th  2008 the finalists will appear live at  Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art with a final 15 minutes in which to sell their feature film. A panel of industry experts including Clare Binns (Programming Director at City Screen), Jason Solomons (one of the UK’s most influential film critics and chair of the Critic’s Circle) and Denise Parkinson, (Head of Film at Bauer Media) will give their verdicts but it is up to you, the voting public, to decide who wins the £250,000 prize! The event, part of the prestigious Northern Lights Film Festival 2008, will be streamed live on The Big Pitch website.

And viewers will be able to vote for up to 60 minutes after the final pitch!

The project that receives the most votes will win production finance from Moxie Makers for their film (minimum £150,000) together with a post-production deal with Molinare, guaranteed UK distribution with Soda Makers and international sales representation with Moxiehouse Entertainment.

The film will receive its red-carpet Gala Premiere as part of the Northern Lights Film Festival in 2009 all of which brings the total award to a staggering £250,000!