Award-winning writer & director Rungano Nyoni has been awarded the 2018 Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship.

In partnership with BFI and Film4, the Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship awards £30,000 to screenwriters to develop and explore new ideas.

Rungano Nyoni, won a BAFTA for Most Outstanding Debut, and two British Independent Film Awards (Best Director, Douglas Hickox Award) in 2017  for her debut feature, ‘I Am Not a Witch’. The film, set in an unnamed country in Africa is a satirical story of a young girl who is accused 0f being a child witch. Nyoni has been one to watch ever since I Am Not a With debuted at Cannes.

Selected from over 100 names nominated by the film and television industries, the Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship award provides a year-long, tailored experience that includes access to some of the most exciting scientific and humanities research in the world. It aims to give the screenwriter time to explore, research and inspire new ideas around the intersection between screenwriting, health, and science, without the constraint of delivering a project.

Rungano says: “I have to say how utterly honoured I am to be this year’s fellowship recipient. It’s not often that someone shows so much faith in you and your work that they support you with no strings attached. It has come at a time where I am trying to figure out what kind of filmmaker I want to be as I embark on my second feature. It’s beautiful and refreshing that Wellcome is allowing me to just explore. That’s rare.

“Right now I am fascinated by the idea of studying indigenous cultures in Africa and other parts of the world, and the impact modernisation and colonisation has had on their mental health and communities. Besides that, I will use the time to scour through Wellcome’s extensive archives and collection of graphic novels.”

Since 2013, the Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship has produced a growing legacy of work rooted in a deep understanding of what it means to be human.

Last year’s recipient was BAFTA-winning actress, playwright, and screenwriter Michaela Coel.


Find out more about the award here.

Read TBB’s Out of 100 review of I Am Not a Witch here.