Film London Microwave, the low-budget production scheme behind Lilting and Shifty, has commissioned family drama Sick(er) and crime tale Looted.
These are among 12 projects in development through the ongoing scheme, funded by BBC Films, BFI and Creative Skillset.
Writer-director Rene Pannevis’ Looted explores crime and moral ambiguity in a tale of burglary, friendship and thieves who fall out.
The film will be produced by Jennifer Eriksson, a post-production manager on Rooney Mara drama Una, and Goalpost films executive Jessie Mangum (Holding The Man).
Sick(er) will explore anorexia, self-image and family bonds. Writer-director is Lucy Brydon, a novelist with shorts experience, while producer is Dan Cleland, co-producer of David Leon’s directorial debut Orthodox, and Jeanette Sutton, who was an assistant director on Sundance drama Lilting.
The two successful commissions will receive $88,000 (£100,000) towards a capped $133,000 (£150,000) production budget and an additional $22,000 (£25,000) to support their finished films’ distribution