I have been writing for 15 years and have written 18+ feature screenplays in various genres; including comedy, romantic comedy, period, action-adventure, thriller and horror. My work is escapist, commercial and ambitious, but no matter what the story or the genre I always believe I can find something new to say. No matter when or where a story is set, I believe it can always be relevant to an audience.
I have been a finalist in more than a dozen top writing competitions, including Final Draft's Big Break, PAGE International Awards, StoryPros and Champion. LANCELOT won the Grand Prize in the 2013 Big Break contest, winning me a trip to LA to receive an award at a ceremony at Paramount Studios. This lead to me gaining representation with Magnet Management. LANCELOT also won the Gold Prize in the 2013 PAGE International Awards, first prize in the 2013 100 Screenplays contest and both the Genre Prize and the Management Prize in the 2010 LA Screenwriters’ Expo screenwriting contest. The script was also selected for Amazon Studio’s Notable Projects list.
KNIGHT KNIGHT came second in Final Draft’s 2007 Big Break contest, winning me my first trip to LA, to receive an award and meet industry professionals. The contest judges included the writers of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, SHERLOCK HOLMES, STARMAN, STAND BY ME and GOLDENEYE. I co-produced KNIGHT KNIGHT with Hermit Film Productions. The film was selected for the Brooklyn Girl Film Festival and the Los Angeles Broad Film Festival and stars Mingus Johnson (JACK THE GIANT KILLER). The New York Times said of it “The script, by Nicholas Horwood, is packed with droll anachronisms and comic observations on the medieval era, as well as amusing twists.”
JOURNEY TO THE MOON, a children's sci-fi musical, was produced in 2007 by Dream On Films (as Geraint Horwood).
I spent a year on Guiding Lights - a film mentoring scheme sponsored by Optimum Releasing, Working Title Films, the UKFC, BFI, Skillset and others - and was mentored by Tony Grisoni (FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, TIDELAND, RED RIDING). I also spent six months on the UK Film Council’s First Feature Development Fund Programme, receiving a grant and development assistance to develop GIRK THE SLAYER! - a fantasy comedy that won me a place on the London Screenwriters’ Festival’s advanced mentoring programme with Disney/Pixar writer David Reynolds (FINDING NEMO). The script was optioned by Aardman Animations’ former Head of Development.
My short THAT THING YOU DREW (Vennerfilm/With Spine Films) premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and won an honourable mention at Los Angeles. It won the Jury Prize at Malta’s Kinemastik festival and the Audience Award at Warsaw.
My short FUNDAY (directed by Keri Collins) was nominated for a Welsh BAFTA. Tony Grisoni described the film as “Deliciously melancholic.” It has been in competition in the Raindance Film Festival and International Film Festival Manhattan.
I was selected for the prestigious ‘Screenwriting for Writers and Producers’ workshop held in Odense, Denmark, along with 28 other filmmakers from around the EU. The workshop was run by producers Brendan Foley (THE RIDDLE), Lars Herman (IN A BETTER WORLD) and Hollywood veteran Ned Dowd (APOCALYPTO, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, GROSSE POINT BLANK).
I recently won a place on Torino Film Lab's AdaptLab, a prestigious European talent lab. I spent a week in Lyon and Genthoft learning how to adapt novels for the screen.
My psychological horror THE GOOD PEOPLE made the 2011 Brit List. LANDFILL was shortlisted for the Nick Darke Awards and made the 2014 Bitch List.
Unique traits: Award winning screenwriter in multiple genres.
Final Draft Big Break - Grand Prize
PAGE International Awards - Gold Prize