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Sci-fi drama script rides Fresh Wave!

UK-based distributor Sky Vision, Issa Rae’s ColorCreative.TV and New York prodco Talos Films have chosen a sci-fi drama as the winner of their Fresh Wave! script competition.

Jane Millichip

Fresh Wave! attempts to find the next break-out series for the young-adult market and has encouraged US writers to submit pitches and scripts for consideration.

The winner of the competition, which aims to discover under-represented creatives, was The Awoken by Katelyn Howes, described as “a bold and thoughtful sci-fi drama.”

It tells the story of a young adult who is resurrected from cryogenic preservation in 2103 and travels back in time to the present day to fight for human rights.

A 10-minute pilot presentation of The Awoken has been produced by ColorCreative.TV and Talos Films, and was funded by Sky Vision.

Rae said: “Providing a platform for underrepresented voices is extremely important to me, particularly with so many polarising views dominating the mainstream right now.”

Sky Vision MD Jane Millichip added: “Katelyn has conceived a remarkable idea, and delivered it with true sophistication. With Issa and Deniese’s expertise, the production skill of Talos Films and Sky Vision’s backing, I’m sure The Awoken will have huge international appeal.”

Howes said: “With The Awoken, I set out to write about privilege and how you can only really see it once it’s taken away. It’s a story about growing up. It’s a story about memory. And, of course, at it’s heart, it’s a story about love.”

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