Stars of Tomorrow is Screen International’s prestigious, annual celebration of young UK and Irish talent.
The 19th edition of Stars of Tomorrow has once again recognised some of the most promising young actors, directors and producers as well as heads of departments. This year’s set of winners are as diverse as they are exciting.
Fionnuala Halligan, curator of Screen’s Stars of Tomorrow, said of the feature: “What started out as a feature in 2004 highlighting young UK talent who seemed to be on the verge of breaking through internationally – and my, how they did – has now become an institution, a labour of love which is one of the highlights of the year for Screen International’s team.
“We remain a proudly independent trade publication, the only one of its kind in the world, and Screen Stars of Tomorrow is a proudly independent selection of the best of the UK and Ireland’s upcoming talent every year.”
As always, some of the stars were paired with a mentor to learn more about the tricks of the trade. This year’s mentors included actor Eddie Marsan, producer Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly and director Sally El Hosaini.
Many of the previous names have gone on to win plenty of prestigious awards and accolades. Previous alumni from the 19 years before includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Riz Ahmed, Florence Pugh, Daniel Kaluuya, John Boyega, Jessie Buckley and Sheila Atim.
Prime Video acts as the event’s main sponsor, with ScreenSkills and BFI London Film Festival acting as a supporting partner and in-kind partner respectively.
Georgia Brown, head of Amazon Studios, Europe has said: “Reflecting the truly varied and diverse experiences of our audience is vitally important to all of us at Amazon Studios which is why I’m so heartened to see such a distinctive collective of talented young actors, writers, directors, producers and creatives in this year’s cohort.”
Here’s the full line-up of this year’s Stars of Tomorrow:
George Jaques (writer-director-actor-producer)
Adjani Salmon (writer-director-actor)
Ayo Akingbade (writer-director)
Luna Carmoon (writer-director)
Ruth Greenberg (writer-director)
Runyararo Mapfumo (writer-director)
John Ogunmuyiwa (writer-director)
Eddie Sternberg (writer-director)
Michelle Antoniades (producer)
Helen Gladders (producer)
Cleona Ní Chrualaoi (producer)
Rob Yescombe (writer)
Heads of department
Rufai Ajala (intimacy coordinator-cinematographer)
Lucie Red (production designer)
Lara Manwaring (casting director)
Cobbie Yates (costume designer)
Anna Rhodes (production designer)
Susanne Salavati (cinematographer)