The BEATS Fellowship is an exciting, new, mentoring programme for emerging and experienced British East Asian and South East Asian screenwriters and directors.

The BEATS Fellowship is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI) as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

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The Screenwriting Fellows:

Andrew Eu is a screenwriting graduate from the NFTS. His previous shorts Inanimate and Frank’s Joke have screened at major film festivals including wins from Annecy and Cannes Film Festival. Andrew’s mentor is Paris Zarcilla.

Rebecca Boey is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme and BBC Writersroom London Voices group. She wrote Sleep Tight and Jade Dragon, which was nominated for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Writing’ [NYC Webfest]. She was commissioned by Audible to write science fiction radio play Locusts. Rebecca’s mentor is Vinay Patel.

Chloe Mi Lin Ewart is part of this year’s 4Screenwriting programme and is developing a script with BBC Writersroom. She was recently commissioned to write for a Tennessee Williams’ project [Trafalgar Studios] and to collaborate on James Graham’s Sketching. She wrote the award winning film, Cupidity. Chloe’s mentor is Sophie Petzal.

Jingan Young is a playwright and screenwriter. She was featured on the BBC’s New Talent Hotlist 2017. She is a recipient of the Michael Grandage Futures Grant. Her play, Life and Death of a Journalist was staged at the Vault Festival 2020. She edited Foreign Goods [Oberon Books] which includes her play, I’m Just Here to Buy Soy Sauce. Jingan’s mentor is Cynthia De Souza.

Joanne Lau was in the BBC Writersroom Comedy Room and on the BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017. She has been a finalist for BAFTA Rocliffe, Cinequest, and Sitcom Mission. Her first play was shortlisted for the Royal Court Theatre/Kudos Writing Fellowship 2019. Joanne has written for BBC Radio 4, CBBC, and CBeebies. Joanne’s mentor is Selina Lim.

Jonathan Chew Chien Wei is an actor and writer. His acting credits include: The First Team [BBC2], The King and I [London Palladium], Forgotten [Arcola]. He has penned three short plays for Short and Sweet Festival Malaysia, and worked as a journalist for Fortune, Time, Esquire Malaysia, Monocle and Poskod. Jonathan’s mentor is Emma Yap.

Kathryn Golding is a playwright. First published in 2018, she has taken part in writers’ groups at the Royal Court, Soho Theatre and Graeae. Her play, A Perpetual State of Happiness, was developed on attachment with Graeae. She is currently developing works for TV, Radio and Theatre. Kathryn’s mentor is Suhayla El Bushra.

Kevin Shen is an actor and writer based in London. Kevin produced and starred in the European Premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist play Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang at the Park and National Theatres. As a writer, Kevin is a recent alumnus of the Royal Court Introduction to Playwriting Group and Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab. Kevin’s mentor is Noel Clarke.

Kyo Choi’s play, Empowered, was selected for PlayWROUGHT. Her follow up, The Apology, was written on attachment to Yellow Earth and later developed with the National Theatre. Kyo was on attachment to the National Theatre in 2019 and is working with BBC Writersroom on a new TV drama. Kyo’s mentor is Rachel Flowerday.

Lucy Sheen was born, abandoned and then exported to the UK as a transracial adoptee. She has worked for various arts organisations including The Royal Exchange, Bristol Old Vic, RSC, BBC ITV and Netflix. Lucy is a published poet, playwright, flash fiction, short story writer and non-fiction writer. Lucy’s mentor is Morgan Lloyd Malcolm.

Maja Bodenstein graduated from Royal Holloway. Her script Fox Spirit received a special commendation from the David Lean Foundation and was selected for EAVE’s Ties That Bind. Her feature The River Dragon Princess was selected for Bridging the Dragon. Maja’s mentor is Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor.

Megan Cowley is a NFTS screenwriting graduate. Her feature script Victoria Harbour reached the Top 10 of the 2019 Launch Pad Feature Competition and placed in a number of international competitions. She is currently developing projects for film, TV and theatre, as well as writing a novel. Megan’s mentor is Matilda Ibini.

Sara Kenney is a creative with 22 years’ experience. In 2017-19, Sara was a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow with a focus on comics and broadcast. Sara’s mentor is Nirpal Bhogal.

Maisie Chan is a published children’s author. She enjoys writing cross-cultural tales that often feature generational misunderstandings; this is due to her background as a transracial adoptee and her experience caring for her elderly parents. Maisie’s mentor is Emma Reeves.

Xiao Tang graduated from London Film School in Screenwriting with Distinction for her final script, You Killed My Robot. She specialises in genre. Xiao’s mentor is Nour Wazzi.

Our Directing Fellows:

Nichola Wong is a writer-director and Sundance Fellow. She recently won All3 Media’s New Drama Script award. She is part of the BFI Network x BAFTA Crew programme and alumnus of the NFTS Directors Workshop. Her film The Passing premiered on C4 and played at BFI Flare. Nichola’s mentor is Hong Khaou.

Paul Sng’s work focuses on people who challenge the status quo and has been broadcast on national television and screened internationally. His previous films include Sleaford Mods, Dispossession, Social Housing, Social Cleansing. His book, Invisible Britain, was published in 2018. Paul’s mentor is James Gay-Rees.

San San F. Young is a documentary director with a wild love for fresh, dynamic filmmaking that gets people talking and pushes boundaries. Her focus is combining pressing, real-world stories with character-driven narratives. She has made films for Vice, The Guardian and Al Jazeera. San’s mentor is Jacqui Morris.

Shan Ng has been a BBC director for 11 years. She was nominated for Best Director for the BBC Audio Awards for Tiger Girls. She is currently developing a Hong Kong Arts Council funded feature film and a radio drama for Radio 4 and Wellcome Trust. Shan’s mentor is Gillian Clarke.

Tian Tsering Wang is Himalayan at heart, filmmaker by trade. His recent work includes Dia de Festa which was selected for La Semaine de la Critique Cannes Film Festival 2019. Barley Fields on the Other Side of the Mountain was his directorial debut. Tian’s mentor is Kurban Kassam.