Alison Down is a writer and deviser with a background in award winning community theatre and education. She writes for screen, theatre and spoken word, specialising in work for children and young people. Her BIFA nominated short film Flight won Best Film in The Bucharest International Film Festival and toured internationally. In Sept 2014, Alison was a finalist in BAFTA Rocliffe’s Children’s Forum and was selected to attend MipComJnr to pitch her family feature, Dai The Voice. This script also made the final selection of BBC Writersroom Scriptroom in 2013. Alison has been mentored by leading children’s playwright, Mike Kenny, and film producer Caroline Cooper Charles (North West Vision Film +Media/Creative England). She was chosen to be part of Creative England’s Talent Centre (Sheffield) and their six month feature film training programme Making the Leap. Alison was a finalist in Kitson Management’s New Dramatists Scheme last year, and is now represented by Jean Kitson. She is presently working on an animation, The Highly Unlikely Adventures of Princess Mim
New spec animation project in development
Family feature Script.
Finalist BAFTA Rocliffe Emerging Children’s Writer (2014)
Selected as a semi-finalist for Screencraft Family Feature Film Competition (2014).
Selected for Creative England’s ‘Making the Leap’ First Feature Programme (2014).
Selected through BBC Scriptroom 2013 for Writersroom’s Northern Group.
Pitched at LSWF (2013)
Selected for North West Vision Film and Media’s feature script development programme ‘Drafted’ for development. Mentored by Caroline Cooper Charles (now Creative England)(2012).
Selected as a quarter-finalist for The Page Awards. (2015)
A Film Council ‘Digital Shorts’ film, Produced by Colin McKeown at L.A Productions. Directed by Jennifer Perrott.
FLIGHT premiered in Cannes and toured internationally. Winner, Best Film in Festival -Bucharest International Film Festival 2005.
Short-listed for a B.I.F.A.
Festivals: Cannes Film Festival 2005. Palm Springs Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival. Los Angeles International Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival.
Dramaturg and writer on devised theatre piece for pre-school audiences. Toured 2015-16.
Selected as one of six northern writers for award winning children’s theatre company Tutti Frutti writers development project ‘First Words.’
R&D’d with Everyman and Playhouse Theatre Liverpool.
Mentored by leading UK children’s playwright, Mike Kenny.
Multi-media play commissioned by the Home Office. Winner of Liverpool Echo’s ‘Liverpool Unites’ Best Arts Project (2012)
Short-listed BBC New Writers ‘Northern Exposure’ competition.
TV & Radio
Pilot script for a 1 x 3 original drama
Long-listed for BBC Radio 4’s ‘Opening Lines’ Competition 2013.
Children’s TV Comedy Pilot Script.
Selected for ‘Crossover Kids’ a cross platform week supported by the BBC, The Independent and Unexpected Media. Team pitched at BAFTA Children event (2010)
Game for Onteca Productions.
Created character/story development for children’s multi-platform downloadable Wii game Monsteca Corall (2009).
Created narrative & led creative team for Toxteth TV and Culture Liverpool on this main educational project for Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year. TALES was performed at the prestigious St George’s Hall, had a company of 400 teenagers,& involved an impressive amount of face paint (2008).