A Birmingham-born scriptwriter and director is to see her film screened at cinema complexes all over the world after it wowed movie executives in Cannes.
Debbie Isitt is the brains behind Confetti, a new comedy featuring a galaxy of homegrown comic talent.
Martin Freeman (The Office), Jessica Stevenson (Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason), Alison Steadman (The Royal Family) and Jimmy Carr (The Friday Night Project) play three couples battling it out in a bridal magazine competition to find the most original wedding.
International film distributer Fox Searchlight Pictures secured the worldwide rights to Confetti after viewing just 20 minutes of a screening at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Debbie Isitt was born in Birmingham and attended Lordswood Girls School in Harborne before training as an actress at Coventry School of Theatre.
She toured the world with her own theatre company for 20 years, writing and directing all their productions and six years ago she started making her own films.
Confetti is Debbie's second
feature film after Nasty Neighbours, which was filmed in Birmingham and starred Ricky Tomlinson. She also won a BAFTA in 2004 for her TV adaptation of a novel by Jacqueline Wilson, The Illustrated Mum.
Confetti was part-financed by regional film agency, Screen West Midlands, to the tune of a £250,000 investment from its Film and Media Production Fund.
"I was delighted with the success of my film at Cannes and I'm looking forward to its release next year. I had a fantastic cast of actors/comedians to work with, who improvised their way through the entire movie.
"It is difficult to secure funding for British films at the best of times, let alone when there is no script and I couldn't have done it without the support I received from Screen West Midlands."
Krysia Rozanska, chief executive of SWM, saidConfetti was the first feature to be supported through the agency's Film and Media Production Fund. Launched in 2004 it supports local filmmakers and encourages those outside the region to relocate all or part of their production there.