National Screen InstituteCalgary filmmaking duo Scott Westby and Matt Watterworth from Calgary’s Full Swing Productions are one of four teams selected to participate in the National Screen Institute’s Features First program. The program offers an opportunity to fully develop a feature film.

The program is designed for new feature filmmaker teams to take the idea for a film and a new script and enhance it in every way. When we complete the program, we’ll have a polished product ready for development with a funding body or distributor. It’s a definite leg up and there’s potential for the process to strongly boost our careers in the Canadian Film Industry” says Matt.

Their acceptance into the program marks the first time in 16 years a Calgary team has been selected, and the second Calgary team to ever participate in the program since it’s creation in 1997.

Each year, filmmakers from all over Canada apply to Features First in hopes of making their films. This year’s program saw a record number of applications, with only four teams selected to participate.

The Full Swing team will be completing the program with their project Synapse, a sci-fi romance screenplay written by Scott Westby.

It’s so great whenever Alberta is recognized in the Canadian Film Industry, and for us to be a part of that is amazing and humbling.” Says Watterworth. “Scott and I are looking forward to representing Calgary at The National Screen Institute and shining a spotlight on the talent we have in this province.

The team begins their ten-month journey through the program in March, starting with a week-long intensive development session in Toronto.