Students and alumni from Bournemouth Film School at AUB are part of a short film that has received funding to be shot locally.

The Sunstone production company was chosen over 300 applications to receive £5,000 as part of the latest round of Creative England’s iShorts, delivered as part of the BFI NET.WORK – an agency which supports new and emerging filmmakers.

The film is co-written and produced by Will Shutt, who is Production Manager on the BA (Hons) Film Production course at AUB, whilst producing creative content in Norway and the UK with Liam O’Hara, Writer and Director on the film. Will is also an alumnus of AUB, having graduated in 2012.

Entitled Run it Off, the film will be shot in parts of Bournemouth and Poole in July.

The film’s plot centres around a long-distance runner, who has lost his way in life, and who inadvertently saves a young woman from throwing herself off a bridge.

After their efforts to get home take a detour, a nighttime jog through the city reveals how each can gain enough courage to face the next day.

As well as funding, the project will receive editorial support, mentoring and professional development from the Creative England talent development team.

Will said: “In times of great despair and pain is the opportunity of growth. It’s bittersweet, but it’s in these times that we do the most learning. We become stronger and better people.

“In our story, this begins with our characters coming together and starting their newfound friendship, realising what running has the potential of doing.”

Each team will also receive a £5,000 production award alongside editorial support, mentoring and professional development from the Creative England Talent Development team and bespoke skills training funded by Creative Skillset.

iShorts is open to filmmakers outside of London who have some experience in self-funded short films and student films, whose work has not yet attracted financial support from within the industry. You can read more about the film here.