Stephen was selected by Screen International as a 2013 Star of Tomorrow, and the Irish Independent named him one of ‘14 names to watch in 2014’. His 2013 short SLR was shortlisted for an Oscar after being chosen as one of 16 shorts to receive funding as part of a BFI scheme to support the UK’s most promising filmmakers. SLR won Best Irish Short at the Foyle Film Festival, and was nominated at the Cracow Film Festival and Glasgow Short Film Festival. His feature-length screenplay The Survivalist was voted onto Hollywood’s Black List and topped the UK Brit List for the year’s best unproduced scripts. The Survivalist premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2015 where it was awarded a Special Mention by the jury in the Best New Narrative Director category.
I am thrilled BAFTA is able to use its reputation, experience and connections to support my career at a time when I am still early in my career. It will be great getting to meet so many exciting filmmakers, actors and creators, and forging connections that will hopefully last across our my career.