The Future Producer School programme, created by Sheffield Doc/Fest and Bungalow Town Productions, has succesfully run every year since its launch in 2014. Aimed at emerging producers currently working in the industry, the primary outcome of the Future Producer School is to develop industry partnerships and provide industry knowledge and experience to up and coming producers that have the ambition to become international feature documentary producers. 

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Meet our Future Producers 2018


Alex is a producer working across narrative and documentary films. Alex produced the feature documentary THE BANKSY JOB, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2016 and was released internationally in 2017. He is currently developing a number of narrative and documentary projects through his production outfit, Vault Films.


Alex is a BFI award-winning BAFTA Newcomer with a background working across the development and production of content with the BBC, ITV Studios, Film4, NBCUniversal and Discovery in both the UK and the US.


Currently Head of Development at Avanti Media, Angela has 14 years factual experience producing, directing and developing international co-production documentaries.  In 2017, her first independent short Bachelor, 38 premiered at the Iris Prize Film Festival. With her second short in production, she is now developing her first independent feature.


NFTS graduate Chiara Ventura has produced a number of award-winning short films across fiction, animation and documentary. Having worked in production, development and distribution, Chiara is currently developing a slate of feature-length projects which includes  BFI-backed documentary MY HUSBAND, THE CYBORG, whilst also serving as development executive for ARDIMAGES UK.


Chloe is a self-shooting producer and journalist. Her recent work includes documentaries on international extremist groups for VICE, and the Edward Murrow award-winning series ‘ASPIREist.’ She is currently co-directing a short film about a rehabilitation program for drug-addicted mothers in New Jersey, and developing a feature-length documentary.


Dan is a producer and founder of Lions Den Films. His current slate includes: SICK(ER) - Film London Microwave Scheme; ARE YOU PROUD? - documentary feature, NATHAN WON’T RIDE (selected by IFFR’s Cinemart 2018); He is a member of BAFTA CREW and participated in EIFF Connections.


Donna is a Development Executive at Screen Australia. She was formerly the Production Executive at Ridley Scott's Scott Free Films. There, she co-produced INDIA IN A DAY (TIFF, Sheffield). She has also produced the William Yang documentary trilogy (ABC) and co-produced Sydney Opera House documentary AUTOPSY ON A DREAM (ABC).


Elaine is a Documentary Producer and filmmaker. After beginning her career at WNET/PBS in investigative journalism she has been based in the UK and Italy. She has produced diverse content for the BBC, ITV, C4, Discovery, A&E, and Mediaset. Recently, she set-up Sharp Angle Productions to co-produce documentaries with international filmmakers.


Gannesh has worked as an Account Director and Producer in the world of digital content for several years; running multi-million-pound accounts, including Google, Samsung and Sky 1. He is currently working in development and production on a feature doc as well as a doc series, based on a Pulitzer-Prize-nominated book.


Georgie is a passionate and experienced sports film producer. After 7 years with leading sports producers Perform and on-demand sports channel DAZN, she has recently moved to Engage Digital Partners to co-produce and direct their weekly Sky show for World Rugby, as well as their stand alone documentary content. She is also currently in pre-production with two sports documentaries via her own production company.


Marcel has been working in high-end fiction and non-fiction film sales and distribution for several years on more than 200 releases. With a passion for producing projects that urge social and environmental change, he is currently developing several documentaries with up-and-coming as well as established film-makers across television and film. 


Working as a producer on both documentary and digital content for the last five years, Natasha is currently developing a documentary for broadcast and just directed/ produced a short. She’s also an impact producer, most recently for Last Men in Aleppo, and runs her own 24hr film challenge - Listeners Project


Nicola Allieta heads Under the Milky Way’s international activities in UK, Ireland, Italy, Australia and Asia, in his role he is responsible for content partner acquisition, digital distribution and production. Allieta previously worked in the international home entertainment department of STUDIOCANAL and at BMS Finance in London, where he gained valuable insight into the dynamics of the film financing industry.


Sarah is an award winning producer of documentary, short film and advertising content.Sarah co-produced Unseen: The Lives of Looking, written and directed by artist, Dryden Goodwin. And acclaimed BBC Four documentary 100 Seconds to Beat the World: the David Rudisha story.  She also produced Grant Gee’s essay film Patience (After Sebald). Sarah serves on the BAFTA jury.


Zara is a writer and producer with a background in academia, the music industry and journalism. She has worked with the BBC, Warp Films, and Sky Arts across TV and film, and in 2017 was a Producers Guild of America Diversity Fellow and Black List x Women In Film Episodic Fellow.

Meet our Future Producers 2017


Cathy Heffernan is a freelance producer currently working in documentary development. A former Guardian journalist, she took part in the C4 investigative journalism programme and has worked across magazine and investigative programmes and observational documentaries for C4, the BBC and the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust.    



Ciara is Producer and Company Director at Barry Crerar – a partnership formed to produce contemporary, culturally relevant films from Glasgow. From a background in producing award-winning shorts, Ciara is now focused on developing a slate of both documentary and fiction feature projects, with support from the BFI Vision Award.



Elena has more than a decade of international experience, working in the production management of high-end TV series, features and documentaries across Europe and South America. In 2015 she formed OxyGene Films. Her current slate includes a black comedy, a musical documentary, and an adaptation of an award-winning novel.



Independent producer Elizabeth is a communications specialist and impact producer, focusing on campaigns for critically acclaimed, art house features and documentaries with a strong artistic aesthetic and social issue at the core. She has longstanding relationships with BRITDOC and Pulse Films, and an extensive international network in UK and USA.  



Jon is a Focal International award-winning producer, and film editor. He has received acclaim and recognition in the last two years for An Ordinary Hero and The Crazy Gang. Bringing his varied skill set to films of depth and intrigue, most recently in his yet to be released feature debut about Justin Fashanu.



As Creative Producer at Just So, Matt oversees development and production across a broad slate of independent projects as well as the short non-fiction film platform ‘Postcards’. He recently produced Champions Against All Odds for the UNHCR, which saw him nominated for a British Arrows Craft Award.



Noni is a creative producer with a focus for high-end visual narrative, cinematic documentary and music driven content. With a strong background in television commercials, her theatrical documentary The Lost Aviator, and multiple award-winning short films have screened at internationally acclaimed film festivals and been broadcasted globally.



Rebecca is an award-winning producer with a slate of diverse documentary and drama. Currently in production with feature documentary Irene’s Ghost directed by Iain Cunningham set for release late-2017, she is also Associate Producer on feature documentary Almost Heaven directed by Carol Salter premiering in Berlin 2017.



Robert’s background is in production management for feature documentaries and factual TV. He has production manager credits on acclaimed films such as Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story which premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2014, and How to Die: Simon's Choice for the BBC. Robert produced the award-winning short film Small Changes.



Roxanne produces short-form documentarian/promotional content through her company Joker’s Pack, as well as music video and dramatic shorts – screening at festivals including London Short Film Festival, Sonoma, and Hollyshorts. Selected for the Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab 2013, she’s developing her first slate of documentary and drama features.



Roxy is a producer and journalist specialising in character/access driven documentaries, covering stories from human rights in China to bird poaching in Cyprus. Credits include VICE's Emmy-nominated Gaycation and winner of the Front Page award for TV Reporting, States of Undress. She is currently developing her first independent feature film. 



After graduating with a degree in Arabic & Islamic Studies, Sam began a career in broadcast documentaries that has seen her work on programmes for all the major UK channels. In 2016 she produced a feature documentary about the refugee crisis, which was nominated for Best UK Feature at Raindance.



Simon is an independent filmmaker and producer focusing on character-driven documentaries that represent marginalised groups and underreported stories both in the UK and further afield. Winner of the inaugural Medicines Sans Frontiers Humanitarian Filmmaker Award, Simon is currently producing commissions for Hull City of Culture 2017.



Tabs is in the film department at Pulse Films where she works across their slate of feature documentaries under Head of Documentaries Julia Nottingham. Previously she worked at Comic Relief, developing their appeal films. Other credits include The Dead Sea, a short about the migrant crisis (TriForce Audience Award 2017, London Short Film Festival 2017), Jason Bourne (2016) and a VR experience from the UN about Holocaust survivors.



A ‘Ones To Watch’ and ‘Broadcast Hot Shot’, Victoria has established a strong reputation for negotiating complicated access and producing films about legally complex subjects. Her commissions include BBC Three’s award winning Reggie Yates: Extreme Russia, BBC Two’s Conviction and, most recently, Love & Hate Crime, a series for BBC Three.


Future Producer School 2016 Alumni


Aleksandra is a creative producer with an MA in Dramaturgy and Script Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London. She has been working with Roast Beef Productions, one of the leading independent film companies in the United Kingdom, for three years, on films such as Smash and Grab- The Story of the Pink PanthersPussy Riot- A Punk Prayer and Oscar nominated The Square. She is an alumni of the Berlinale Talents program, taking part as a producer in Sarajevo 2015. She has produced short films and videos for We the Economy, Dazed magazine/ Channel 4 Random Acts, and for artists including Kate Tempest. Her most recent film, dealing with Islamophobia towards women in the U.K was recently screened at the BFI. She is excited to develop her new feature length film during Future Producers School 2016.




Alessandra is a British/Italian documentary producer with over 10 years of experience in broadcast media and independent feature documentaries. During this time I has travelled across the world producing documentaries  under the auspices of some of the United Kingdoms  leading documentary directors on a broad range specialist factual singles and feature length documentaries. Some credits include: Emelie Sande, Frida Khalo: Under My Skin,  Lost Kingdoms of South America, Easter Island: Mystries of a Lost World, and   The Last Animal a feature documentary exploring the dangers of animal poaching across the world.  Currently working on a series of documentary films for the IOC leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Documentaries are my first love and I believe that telling real stories that are engaging, truthful and push boundaries, can help connect worlds so far apart through film.



Andrew has worked across fiction and non-fiction narrative films ranging from shorts to features and television, online series, corporate films and commercials as either casting director or producer and occasional writer. As producer, Andrew is focusing his work on non-fiction narrative film and is in production on a feature length documentary exploring the life and career of Cozy Powell and is developing several other projects.



After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Film, Literature and Art History from the University of British Columbia in 2000, Caroline began a career in International Sales and Distribution which took her from Vancouver to Toronto and ultimately to London where she serves as Director of International Sales & Acquisitions for Kaleidoscope Film Distribution. Throughout her career, Caroline has worked extensively on the distribution and international sales of seminal feature documentaries including the multi-award winning Sharkwater, David Attenborough’s The Penguin King, and Ice T’s The Art of Rap.  She has recently begun working with clients on the development and financing of feature documentaries with an international focus.



After graduating from the Northern Film School, Chi was awarded the SKY Scholarship and invited to the NFTS Producer’s Masterclass. As a producer of commercials producer she has been a Cannes Lions finalist three times. Moving into fiction, Light Years, a short which she wrote and produced, qualified for BAFTA and Academy Award consideration and has competed at top tier festivals. In 2016, her company LightBox was ranked 20 in Creative England’s Top 50 creative companies. Current productions include: comedy drama China Blues, funded by Creative England; thriller Hot Knife, developed with Screen Yorkshire; The Magic Paintbrush, an adaptation of a Julia Donaldson picture book; and feature documentaries A God Amongst Men, executive produced by Academy Award winner James Gay-Rees, and Zero Hour, produced with Academy Award winner Alex Gibney. She is invited participant to Masterschool 2016 and Guiding Lights 2015, Europe’s most prestigious mentoring scheme. 



Eloise is a producer with eight years experience of producing and directing prime-time observational documentary films. Her career begun at Channel 4's creative agency, 4Creative before leaving to help set-up Pulse Films TV department.  She has a strong focus on telling powerful human-interest stories from the perspective of marginalised voices. From 3 minute Wonder series on society's outliers (The Gatherings, C4), highlighting female heavy metal artists in Tehran (The Playlist, Al Jazeera English), showing the nuances of life after divorce via meditation (The Divorce Clinic, BBC2) - to interviewing some of America’s youngest criminals serving time for murder and burglary (Kids Behind Bars ITV 1). Eloise is also co-founder of Women on Docs, a monthly screening and discussion collective celebrating the contribution of  women to documentary film. She is currently in development on feature documentary 'The Goal is Rio'. 



Frances Higson is an independent film maker who has produced award winning feature films, short films and documentaries; she is a video activist who makes and screens films to raise awareness about important social and political issues and she provides training and mentoring support to new and aspiring film makers. Frances has produced 4 short films and two feature films; Orphans and The Magdalene Sisters with the writer/director Peter Mullan. These films have won numerous International awards and have been distributed in 35 countries throughout the world. She has also produced & directed 3 short documentaries including the BAFTA nominated Rogues, Rascals & Runaways and United We Will SwimAgain. In 2003 Frances co-founded the Camcorder Guerrillas. Current work includes the development of a slate of documentary projects; she teaches Social Screen at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; and she is co-ordinating a city-wide programme of events with over 20 organisations for the Radical Film Networks 2016 festival in Glasgow. 




Laura cut her teeth in high energy, high impact social issue documentaries as first Assistant Producer, then Producer of Just Do It: a tale of modern-day outlaws, the feature documentary that gained unprecedented access to the secretive world of environmental direct action. Following a sell-out premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest, the film had an extensive cinema release in the UK alongside community and festival screenings stretching from Quebec to Kosovo. Spurred on by the possibilities for change harbouring in alternative distribution models, she joined Will Francome and Mark Pizzey to produce One For Ten, the Webby-nominated interactive web series profiling innocent people who were wrongfully convicted and on death row. She is currently producing  the feature documentary The Penalty - headed up by the One For Ten directorial duo - following three people caught in the crosshairs of capital punishment. Laura co-runs Kino London, the capital's only open-mic short film night.



Margareta wears two hats as both producer and actress. Acting credits include the Golden-globe nominated In the Land of Blood and Honey (dir. Angelina Jolie), The Pillars of the Earth (dir: Sergio Mimica-Gezzan) amongst many others. Having worked on the other side of the lens and having read lots of proposals, plays and scripts has given Margareta a great insight and understanding as to the process of filmmaking and what makes a compelling story and interesting character. In 2012, Margareta co-founded Labor of Love Films Ltd. Her first foray into production was Hotel Folly - Folie a Deux, a feature documentary (IDFA, Cambridge, Vilnius, BBC Storyville, YesDocu). Margareta is currently producing her second feature documentary Voices of the Sea - A Cuban Odyssey, a film about a wise, old Cuban fisherman trying to hold onto his family. Margareta is represented by IAG. She has recently won a place to Berlinale Talents 2016.    



Maurice is a freelance producer and director who began his career as a print journalist in Dublin. His work includes ‘Northern Soul: Keeping the Faith’ about one of the UK’s biggest underground music scenes, made with journalist Paul Mason; ‘Confessions of an English Opium Eater’ - about the first literary depiction of recreational drug use; and the climactic episode of ‘The Story of Scottish Art’. His film about writer William McIlvanney premiered at Glasgow Film Festival gaining five star reviews and an honourary commendation in the Scottish parliament. He’s made countless shorts for most of the BBC’s landmark programmes – topics including access to education for young women in India, socialist mayors in Andalucia and bagpipe-playing sheperds in the Italian hills.  His short ‘Buffalo Dreams’, produced with Scottish Documentary Institute, has screened and won awards at top festivals around the world and qualified for Academy Award consideration. He was Assistant Producer on the 90-minute Cold War drama-doc ‘Avoiding Armageddon’ for Channel4/ Discovery which won the Grierson for best historical documentary. Current projects include a feature doc about the most ancient sport in Ireland. He gets excited by the possibilities and loves meeting potential collaborators.



After studying acting, screenwriting and art history, I eventually graduated with a degree in Visual Theory in the mid 90's. I was the first person in my family to even do an A Level, so I really was starting from the ground up in this industry (which is still sadly as much about who you know as what you know) and it took me the best part of a decade before I felt that I was actually getting somewhere. That feeling coincided with the decision to switch my efforts from the TV world to documentary film production, and so using my extensive experience of archive film-making (or as I often put it - making films without a camera) I have helped produce two of the most successful UK documentaries of recent years - Senna and Amy. For the future I want to continue making archive based factual films, but with a greater emphasis placed on art and drama.




Initially starting out as a features journalist before moving into the realm of Television production, Rachel has been privileged to work for a range of production companies. Combining her passion for travel and production, in 2007 Rachel left the UK to work overseas as a journalist, producer and director in countries including, Australia, Dubai, Kingdom of Bahrain, and Turks & Caicos.  After returning to the UK in 2013 Rachel worked for several production companies before joining Raw Cut TV as a development producer in April 2014. During her time at Raw Cut TV Rachel helped secure three commissions, three funded developments and assisted with setting up a feature documentary co-production with Pulse Films. Having recently finished working as a producer on an ITV prime-time crime series, Rachel is currently working on a funded development for Channel 4, a two-part series for ITV4 and the development of several documentary feature ideas of her own.  



Previously a neuroscience researcher, Roy Cohen is a producer-director who specializes in stories about emerging technologies an cutting edge science. His documentary, Machine of Human Dreams, premieres at this year's Doc/Fest. Currently, Roy is working on Killer Robot, the incredible story of the highly intelligent Iron Dome weapon system, which underscores the complicated relationship of power and money between Israel and USA. Drawing on his Neuroscience experience, Roy is also developing Enhancers, a web series about individuals who use home-made drugs and DIY invasive technologies to achieve cognitive enhancement, only to experience unexpected results.



Vanessa is a Producer and Director with more than a decade of experience making television documentaries (BBC, Channel4, MTV, Discovery, National Geographic). She specialises in international crime and current affairs stories. Some of her credits include producing a Grierson nominated documentary about the 18th street gang in El Salvador (Inside the Gangsters Code); gaining access to members of the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico while producing a film on the supply and demand of crystal meth (Drugs Inc.); working on the Help For Syria Digital Campaign as well as making a series of short films about Islamic radicalisation in the UK.  Most recently, Vanessa has worked on a BBC film, commissioned by Charlotte Moore, about growing up in some the toughest places on the planet (Millennium Children) before producing a documentary for a new online platform at Vice. She is currently developing a feature documentary set in Greece.




Victoria Thomas is an award winning and BAFTA nominated producer who runs an independent production company based in Edinburgh and London. She works across fiction, documentary and audience design for independent film distribution. She is the founder of Trigah, a cinema on demand model developed with support from Creative Scotland and Cues, a film discovery app which aggregates market intelligence for film distributors. Most recently she co-produced Between Rings, a feature documentary which charts the rise of 7 time world welterweight champion, Esther Phiri, which premiered at CPH:Dox in 2014 and was broadcast on YLE Finland and Afridocs (Sub-Saharan Africa). She is a graduate of the Creative Business for Executives and Entrepreneurs at the National Film & Television School.


Future Producer School 2015 Alumni

The programme began in February 2015 with a two-day Future Producer Lab workshop, and concluded with mentoring sessions during Doc/Fest in June, in addition to a series of training events and participation in Marketplace activities.


David Charles


David trained in Film Production at Vancouver Film School in Vancouver, Canada. During his education he received training in all areas of the production process including producing, cinematography and editing. Currently David is employed with the BFI, working with financiers, sales agents and distributors on the business side of Film Fund backed projects. His responsibilities include assessing finance plans for Lottery funding, tracking income from Film Fund titles worldwide and attending markets to meet with sales agents (including Berlin and The AFM). His favourite documentaries are The Times Of Harvey Milk and The Gleaners And I.


 Jennifer Corcoran


Jennifer Corcoran is an emerging film producer with a background in film sales and international film finance, having worked with companies such as Focus Features International, Protagonist Pictures and Film London. Jennifer is currently employed as development producer at My Accomplice, a boutique production company working with new talent on music videos, brand films, first features and theatrical documentaries. The documentary slate includes It’s Always the Quiet Ones with Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones, and Alone of All Her Sex, an artist-led doc on abortion laws, misogyny and female activism in Northern Ireland. Jennifer also acts as distribution consultant for Red Bull Media House on their feature documentaries.


Gareth Dodds


Gareth has produced and managed the production on a range of independent documentaries for worldwide television broadcast and theatrical release. Feature documentaries include Roman Polanski’s Weekend of a Champion that premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and the forthcoming feature The Last Man on the Moon set for release in 2015.


 Jessica Edwards


Jessica is both a Producer and Impact Producer. Through Hope Street Films, she makes and consults on films of purpose, devising and delivering strategies to maximise their impact. Over her 20 year career, Jessica has developed and produced non-fiction content for UK broadcasters and on international co-productions, ranging from intimate observational documentaries to analyses of global affairs. Reflecting her growing commitment to working with films of purpose, she spent two valuable years in a social impact consultancy with clients such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She now integrates and alternates her expertise on a range of story-led projects, collaborating with companies such as Oxford Film & Television and Speak It.


Daniel Hegarty


A recovering Engineer and native of Dublin, I produced my first documentary, ‘Tanya Doyle's The House’, in 2008 which was nominated for the Best Single Documentary IFTA and the Prix Europa 2010 and was awarded the prestigious Radharc Award the same year. Following this success I produced ‘Bia Dúchais’, a six part series on the history or Irish food, for Irish broadcaster TG4, heralded as “insightful, original and innovative”. My most recent creative documentary ‘Waterlilies’, a meditation on identity and wisdom, premiered at the Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival, 2014. I am the Head of Production at Marmalade Films, which I established with Director Tanya Doyle, and a member of the Board of Directors of Griffith College and Screen Producers Ireland.


Aoife Kavanagh


Aoife Kavanagh is an Irish documentary producer and journalist with more than 15 years experience in broadcast media as a reporter, presenter and producer. Now working as a producer with an independent production company based in Dublin, she has produced several documentaries for TV, including most recently, a one hour documentary on gay rights for RTE (‘Coming Out of the Curve’ aired in January 2015). She is currently working on several documentary projects with the support of the Irish Film Board and RTE. Her work focuses on social affairs, human rights and extraordinary personal stories, and has taken her to some of the most fascinating and troubled parts of the world including Darfur, Zimbabwe, East Timor and Afghanistan. Aoife is also an experienced radio presenter and has contributed to several print and online publications including ‘Le Monde Diplomatique’, ‘The Irish Times’ and ‘The Sunday Business Post’. She has also tutored in politics at University College Dublin and holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from UCD.


Jon Mcintosh


Jon is presently producing his first film, which offers a unique insight into the lives of a class of eleven year olds at a brand new Free School in one of London’s poorest neighbourhoods. Jon has spent the past 10 years building a successful education and tourism business as well as an associated charity. He is now looking forward to a transition into film production, a passion he has developed over the past five years after being shortlisted in a Sheffield Doc/Fest amateur film competition in 2010.


Lorraine McKechnie 


I started my career over 10 years ago at Mentorn TV. Progressing from a researcher to a producer, I have followed a linear production path working across all genres, making programmes for all the major British Networks, and perfecting my craft along the way. For the past five years, I have focused on developing, pitching and producing documentary films including: ‘The Day John Lennon Died’, ‘The Bank of Dave’ and most recently one about the Hiroshima bombing. The ever-evolving TV industry has seen the finance model change and as such I adapted by securing American co-producers and distributors. In 2013, I produced a feature length version of my Bafta-nominated film ‘The Day Kennedy Died’ which opened my eyes to producing longer form feature docs which is something I’m keen to do more of.


Hiral Patel 


Hiral spent five years working in the City of London before turning her hand to making documentaries in 2009. Since then, she has worked on various projects for the BBC and Channel 4. Some of her recent credits include ‘Great Ormond Street’ for BBC2, about the ethical challenges of treating children in hospital, ‘Remembrance Week’ for BBC1, a series of short films about the human side of war and ‘House of Surrogates’ a feature-length documentary for BBC4 filmed in Hiral’s country of birth, India. She loves the challenge of new projects and seeing the impact documentaries can have - connecting worlds that can seem so far apart thorough film.


Paul Ryan


Producer of more than 30 short documentaries, many for broadcast new talent schemes including Bridging the Gap (SDI/BBC Scotland) and 3-Minute Wonders (C4). His recent productions include ‘The Perfect Fit’ (OSCAR long-listed – Short Documentary Subject, SXSW - winner SXGlobal Short Award and The Red Army (Audience Award – Interfilm Berlin), both for SDI/CS/BBC Scotland. He strongly focuses on working with new and diverse talent both in the UK and Internationally. Paul is based in UK and in Denmark where he currently teaches Creative Producing at The European Film College.


 Sandra Tabares-Duque


After working for several years with film festivals in Europe and Latin America, Sandra decided to focus her love for cinema in the production of different forms of audio-visual storytelling. She is currently producing 360º of Being Human (UK/Iceland) a feature documentary on intuition and creativity, ‘Quipu Project’ (UK/Peru) sharing testimonies of forced sterilizations; a feature documentary film and interactive cross media project, Parable of the Return (UK/Colombia) and ‘The Film I Never Made’ (UK) web series. Her latest film productions: the Arts Council award wining Sailing Out Of Grain, and the Colombian film Did You See Cristina On The 7th March?


Rosie Tate


Rosie Tate read languages at Oxford University and went on to study an MA in Documentary Making at Royal Holloway. Her dissertation film ‘A Way with Voices’ - the story of a voice hearer told through illustrated interviews - enjoyed success at documentary festivals such as LIDF and Quadrangle. She has since worked on freelance projects (Energy Bits / Inbox) and as Producer at the BBC, Polar Media and Lonelyleap. Last year she attended Sheffield MeetMarket to pitch ‘Painting by Numbers’, a documentary about an artist with Dissociative Identity Disorder, whose 14 personalities each paint in their own distinctive style.


Future Producer School 2014 Alumni

Abigail Harding


After some years working overseas as an advertising producer Abigail returned to the UK in 2010 to pursue her first love of documentary. In this time she has worked under the auspices of some of the UK’s leading documentary producers on a broad range of independent feature documentaries for cinema and specialist factual singles for broadcast. She has also served time in documentary distribution as a Sales and Acquisitions Executive for Sideways Films. She most recently Associate Produced Sam Blair’s ode to football, MARADONA ’86 for ESPN and is currently developing and managing new business projects at Passion Pictures film department. 

Anna Griffin


Anna works in both documentary and fiction and found her feet in research and development working with Nicolas Winding Refn on Bronson, Valhalla Rising and Only God Forgives.  She joined BAFTA nominated Wellington Films in 2010 and has most recently produced Collabora8te project, The Gas Man (FrightFest, Fantasia, ScreamFest), written and directed by Matt Palmer.  Anna is currently producing her first feature documentary, Paa Joe & The Lion, with award winning filmmaker, Ben Wigley, with whom she is developing a slate of documentary and multi-platform projects.  Most recently, Anna has begun working with award winning filmmaker, Karan Kandhari, on feature film Moon Tan, one of 2014’s iFeatures projects.

Ashley Horner


In 2013 Ashley co-founded RADiO FiLM LTD with Andy Jones to produce maverick international cinema documentaries. Currently they are in post-production on Mayenzeke Baza’s THE BOY, THE BLADE & THE MAN, Andy Jones insider take on the kidnap of the world’s the greatest Taarab singer I SHOT BI KIDUDE and in preproduction on the BBC STORYVILLE backed THE HIPPIES:PUNK ROCKED MY CRADLE by Matt Hulse. Ashley is a member of the prestigious ACE producer’s network. His fiction feature film BRILLIANTLOVE premiered at Tribeca in 2010 and was released by IFC and SODA PICTURES in 2010. He’s good fun.

Bianca Barker


Biança has nearly twenty years experience in television, principally in observational documentary and formatted factual series. After training at the National Film and Television School Biança went into television working for several independent production companies in research and development. As a Producer, Director and Series Producer for the last ten years she has worked on range of single and multi-camera projects for all the major UK broadcasters, including BBC, Channel 4, Discovery and Channel 5. In 2010 she formed Steadipix Productions with Steadicam Operator and DOP Martin Newstead. As well as producing high quality television documentaries they are developing a number of feature length documentaries for a worldwide market.

Carol Cooke


Carol is a BAFTA award-winning Producer/Director and founder of Scrumptious Productions, an independent production company based in Glasgow, which specialises in social documentary and community outreach. As you will see from the website – – Scrumptious has a number of projects currently in development, production and under their belts and with subjects ranging from female entrepreneurialism in Uganda to the plight of Sarajevo war orphans.  Basically, Carol believes that everyone has a story to tell and loves working with individuals and groups of all ages and experiences to help represent themselves and share their stories with the world.

Jody Vandenburg


I was inspired to work in documentary after working as a runner for Kevin McDonald on Touching The Void. My first short film The Tunnel was funded by Film London and part of the official selection at IDFA 2013. I’m particularly drawn to humorous stories that entertain and inform audiences and also social films about injustice. I passionately believe in surprising audiences, giving them untold stories that they had no idea they’d enjoy. My current project is the untold story of anarchic comedy promoter, Malcolm Hardee, who nurtured a generation of comedy talent but never became famous or wealthy himself.

John Stackk


John joined the team at Rise Films in 2010. Since then he has worked on films and television programmes including KNUCKLE, THE INTERRUPTERS, THE INVISIBLE WAR and PLEBS in a variety of roles. He is now, along with Teddy Leifer, leading the production and development of new documentaries for RISE Films. He is currently associate producing Kim Longinotto’s next film, THE DREAMCATCHERS, and producing Miriam Lyon’s THE LOVE COMMANDOS.

Julia Nottingham


Julia Nottingham runs the feature documentary slate at Pulse Films alongside Head of Film, Lucas Ochoa. Her most recent film The Possibilities Are Endless premiered at SXSW 2014.  She joined Pulse Films after a distinguished career in UK & US television. Some of her past credits include; Blackout, a critically acclaimed UK television film for Channel 4 about Britain surviving without electricity and the National Geographic award winning drama documentary series Locked Up Abroad. 


Lindsey Dryden


Lindsey Dryden is an award-winning producer based in London and Wales. With a TV documentary background, she has delivered films funded by Sundance, Wellcome Trust, Kevin Spacey Foundation, Film London and Screen South, and reached international audiences through theatrical, DVD, TV, digital, educational and festival release. Nominated ‘Best Emerging UK Filmmaker’ (Open City Docs 2012), and ‘Best Producer’ (Underwire 2013).  She specialises in rich personal stories, music, science and arts, and brings significant expertise to sensitive, access-based films. Skilful in bespoke distribution, she works as Outreach Producer on theatrical docs and animations. Seeking talented directors with strong stories creatively told, particularly single-person narratives. 

Sky Neal


With a background in anthropology and performing arts Sky has produced a range of films from short and long form documentaries to video art for live performance. She is the founder of Satya Films based in London and has worked with a diverse range of clients and creative partners to produce content for broadcast, Public and private sector organisations, museums, educational institutions, theatre and dance companies. She has a history in human rights documentaries and is currently producing the feature film Even When I Fall- a hybrid documentary that mixes observational documentary with performance art exploring life after human trafficking. Sky loves personal stories told in rich, compelling and creatively bold ways.

Tracey Schaw Smidth


After graduating from the Northern Media School in Sheffield with an MA in Media Production (with Distinction) I undertook an 18-month paid television production apprenticeship in Leeds.  Since then I have continued to work consistently in the broadcast industry for the last 15 years and I have worked my way up to Production Management level.  Working mainly in factual & documentaries with various Independent companies and mainstream UK broadcasters including ITV & BBC, I have built up a rich portfolio of experience, knowledge & contacts. My core strength is having the ability to achieve magical things with very little money!

Vivica Parsons


From the award winning documentary department at Central Television where she produced factual programmes for ITV on “Network First”, to her own company Imago Productions founded in 1997, Vivica has produced and directed many hours of ground breaking programmes. Some of these have been co-produced with international broadcasters and many have won national and international awards. She believes in the art of storytelling through passionate strong characters and many of her films have changed legislation or changed opinion about international issues. Vivica has recently added stills photography to her documentary repertoire to deepen the reach of her stories.