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.
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.