Head of Development at Crawley Film Initiative, Callum Johnston is judging the Page Turner Screenplay Award for aspiring screenwriters who want to place their projects in front of film producers with the aim of getting their scriptwriting discovered.
With 12 years of experience working in film, Callum leads Crawley Film Initiative with a full understanding of how to achieve a career in film. Callum grew up in Bewbush, Crawley, and prides himself to be from a lower-income family.
Callum had already created local projects RH11 & Crossed Paths before he was 20 and then received a full scholarship to attend the NYFA (New York film academy), but failed to graduate because he had to leave early for family reasons.
Upon returning to the UK he began writing and directing Little District which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Beginning his career in front of the camera it is at this stage he started to understand his passions burned to be behind the camera moving on producing films full time.
In 2014 Callum finished writing The Forbidden Note which was a controversial romance drama about a Muslim girl falling in love with a Non-Muslim. This film premiered at Cannes 2015 before releasing on Amazon Prime in 2017.
This experience has lead Callum to focus on creating projects that explore social themes within the film, which is a prime focus for him on all future projects.