Bio
 

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Recognition, Selections and Awards

Participant
Attagirl Global Initiative, 2021

Winner
World Cinema Fund award, The Night Outside, 2018

Participant
Produire au Sud, Festival de 3 Continents, Nantes, 2016

Participant                   
No Borders, IFP 2013 New York, ‘Saturn’

Nominated                 
SAMA Award 2011, Best Writer ‘Hidden Life’ 

In Competition             
Sao Paolo International Film Festival ‘Visa/Vie’

Winner                        
Best Music in a Motion Picture 2011, ‘Visa/Vie’

Shortlisted                  
EU Literary Award 2009, ‘Wayward Nature’

Participant                   
Director’s Coaching Programme 2009,  Binger Filmlab, Amsterdam

Shortlisted                  
BBC International Radio Play Award 2007 

Winner                                    
Best New Play Beeld Awards 2007, ‘Jutro’

Participant                   
Berlinale Talent Campus, Berlin Film Festival 2006

Entrant                         
Co-Production Forum, Sithengi 2006, ‘Visa/Vie’

Writer                          
M-TV Hollywood Heart 2006/8 

​Entrant                         
Co-Production Forum, Berlinale 2005 ‘Victor Chicken'

Shortlisted                   
The Kebble National Art Award 2005 

Entrant                         
Co-Production Forum, Sithengi 2005, 'Hinterland'

Participant                   
Jacques Akchoti (La Femis) Script Workshop 2005 

Participant                  
Script Development Programme 2004, Binger Filmlab, Amsterdam

Participant                  
Scrawl Screenwriters’ Lab 2004         

Participant                  
Talent Campus, Sithengi 2004 

Runner-Up                   
National Lottery Fund Award, Sithengi 2004

In Competition             
Zebra Film Poetry Awards 2004 ‘Longing’

Elan Gamaker is a screenwriter, director and story editor.

He is also Senior Lecturer in Film (Screenwriting), and Course Leader in BA Filmmaking in the Kingston School of Art at Kingston University, London.

 

He is founding director of London-based screenwriting feeder scheme Dissolve Into:.
 
He has been a working professional screenwriter and director since 2001, having completed two produced feature-length screenplays and features, episodes for various television drama series, several shorts, and a number of commissioned scripts.

Elan also completed a PhD in Film Studies following a fellowship with the University of Amsterdam's School of Cultural Analysis, with the focus of his research on genre, rhetorical style and audience activation. 

He has also worked as a story consultant and has been hired by public and private film bodies in the capacity of story editor, or as a reader in film funding applications

 
As a writer, he has worked under and alongside internationally renowned script writers and tutors such as Hettie Macdonald (Royal Court Theatre, UK), Mark Travis, Judith Weston, David Howard and Martin Daniel (Hollywood), Ken Dancyger (Canada), Arne Bro (Denmark), Gyula Gazdag (UCLA), Franz Rodenkirchen (Torino FilmLab), Jacques Akchoti (La Femis), as well as UK script consultants and tutors Christian Routh, Ian Sellar, Samm Haillay, Angeli Macfarlane and Ellis Freeman.

His scripts have been selected for several international script programmes and markets, including Miramax Scrawl Screenwriters’ Lab, IFP (New York), Berlinale Co-Production Market (Berlin), IFFR Cinemart (Rotterdam) and Produire au Sud (Nantes).
 
Elan is a two-time attendee of Amsterdam-based Binger Filmlab, first in 2004 with Victor Chicken (2005 Berlinale Co-Production Market and 2006 Talent Campus) as a participant in the organisation’s Writer’s Lab, and then in 2009 for the Directors’ Lab. The following year, he marked his feature writing/directing debut with Visa/Vie (2010), which played in cinemas and on African satellite TV in 2011. It won a SAFTA Golden Horn for Best Music in a Motion Picture and is currently on DVD release. Other writing/direction work includes Dirt, a one-hour comedy/drama for Multichoice.
 
Works enjoying award recognition include Next Year in Jerusalem, shortlisted for the 2007 BBC International Playwriting Award, his play Jutro winning Best New theatre production for 2007 and his novel, Wayward Nature, being shortlisted for the EU Literary Award 2009. His short script Hidden Life was nominated for Best Short Screenplay (AMA 2011).

Elan has also worked as consultant on large-scale documentary and fiction projects, including those by Cinema Suitcase, with titles including A Long History of Madness, a part of The Mère Folle Project, and Madame B.

His second feature film, the independent project IJspaard (Icehorse) (2014), was the first ever fully improvised feature in the Netherlands. It debuted at the Durban International Film Festival before touring other international festivals.
 
His upcoming writing/directing projects are Headland, a dystopian romance selected for DFM and Produire au Sud (Nantes) in 2016, the Film London-supported magic realist road movie Violet Culbo, coming-of-age drama The Imperial, and White by Night, a supernatural political thriller set in 1980s South Africa.

White by Night, produced by Bump Films, is currently in financing. It was selected for Independent Film Week of the Independent Filmmaker Project producers’ forum in New York. South African actress Thishiwe Ziqubu (While You Weren’t Looking, Hard to Get) and Austrian actress Susanne Wuest (Perfume, Goodnight Mommy) are cast, and the film is slated for production in Cape Town.

Elan also consults for Stop Play Recorda writing scheme for young filmmakers organised by Space Studios London, and is associate editor of peer-reviewed screen media practice research journal Screenworks.