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Profession: Director, Producer, Writer

Biography: After a childhood spent in dark rooms watching films, Justin graduated from Portsmouth University with a First Class degree in Film. His first short, the comedy 'Dirty Phonecalls', was directed for ITV's First Cut scheme and became a worldwide festival hit, winning the 1998 BBC Drama Award at the Birmingham Film Festival.

The success of 'Dirty Phonecalls' led to Justin's first feature film 'Large', which was released in UK cinemas in 2002. 'Large' was backed by 'Film Four' and went straight in at number ten in the UK video charts. It sold to over twenty countries around the world.

In 2005, Justin released a short called 'Special People', about a group of disabled teenagers taking part in a film being made by a down and out director. It screened at over fifty festivals worldwide and was shortlisted for both an Oscar and a BAFTA, as well as winning numerous prizes, including Best Drama at the Royal Television Society Awards 2006 and the BBC New Filmmakers Award 2007. In 2008, Justin adapted the short into a feature length film, which premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival and was called "a milestone in mainstream cinema" by The Guardian.

Jsutin is the founder of 104 Films, which he set up with producer Alex Usborne in 2004. 104 Films is the world leader in disability and cinema and has been awarded a UK Film Council Producers Vision Award to develop feature films with disabled talent. As part of this vision, 104 Films runs 'The Magic Hour' short film scheme for disabled film makers.

Education: Portsmouth University, First Class degree in Film.

Spoken Languages: English

Source: www.curtisbrown.co.uk

Justin Edgar

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