Michaela Coel Awarded Prestigious Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship
Congratulations to 2016 WFTV New Talent Award winner, Michaela Coel who has been announced as the recipient of this year’s prestigious Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship.
The Fellowship is a major annual award, run in partnership with the BFI and Film4, exploring the intersection between screenwriting and science. It carries an award of £30,000 together with a year-long tailored experience, including unparalleled access to some of the most exciting scientific and humanities research in the world.
Selected from over 100 names nominated by the film and television industries, the award is made in recognition of Coel’s remarkable screenwriting talent and distinctive approach to exploring the human condition.
“This fellowship couldn’t have come at a better time,” says Coel. “While retaining my individual identity as a writer, my next project will take me on a journey of discovery about brain chemistry, cognitive error, and memory, by the end of which I will undoubtedly have learned to create stories in ways that are currently foreign to me.
“At Wellcome I’ll be able to talk to experts about the diagnosis of personality disorders, cognitive patterns, how they’re formed and myriad other things. I’m very grateful to have been chosen for this year, and can’t wait to get going.”
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