Ardimages UK producers Manon Ardisson and Chiara Ventura are developing a slate of projects across film, TV, documentary and animation, with partners such as BBC Films, BFI and Sky Studios. Additionally, they run the Mother Tongues Award alongside Jack Tarling of Shudder Films, a development initiative supported by Charades, Curzon and Intermission.
In 2017, Ardimages UK was named by Screen International one of the British production companies on the rise as part of their Brit 50 special. Having received a Vision Award in 2020, the company is supported by the BFI’s Film Fund.
Chiara Ventura (left) and Manon Ardisson (right) at BIFA 2017
Manon produced the BFI-backed, BAFTA-nominated and BIFA-winning hit "God’s Own Country" by Francis Lee. It won awards in Sundance, Berlin, Edinburgh and many other festivals, was sold internationally by Protagonist, and released in the UK by Picturehouse.
Manon co-produced Venezuelan director Jorge Thielen Armand's acclaimed feature films "La Soledad" (Venice Biennale College 2016) and "La Fortaleza" (Rotterdam Tiger Competition 2020). “La Fortaleza” is sold by Reel Suspects and was financed by Breaker, the World Cinema Fund, Colombia's FDC, and Nouvelle Aquitaine’s Film fund.
Manon also produced Mo Scarpelli's feature documentary "El Father Plays Himself", which is supported by the Torino Film Lab Audience Design Fund; the SKY-backed pilot "Heart to Heart" written by IR Bell-Webb; and Samuel de Ceccatty's short film "The Energy Within" released in partnership with the Paralympics Games.
Manon has been selected for a number of talent schemes, such as Creative England’s iFeatures, Film London’s Microwave, and Venice’s Biennale College Cinema, among others. Manon comes from a production background, and also worked as Creative Assistant at Paul Webster’s Shoebox Films.
After graduating from the NFTS Producing MA, Chiara worked in development, sales and distribution for companies such as Wildgaze Films and The Works Film Group, and physical production, with credits including David Evans’ documentary "My Nazi Legacy", Tom Geens’ "Couple In A Hole and Disney’s "Alice Through The Looking Glass".
In addition to award-winning short films commissioned by Film London, Creative England and BBC, Chiara recently produced Elizabeth Sankey's feature documentary "Romantic Comedy" (SXSW 2019), which has played at over 40 film and music festivals all over the world, was long-listed for a BIFA, sold internationally by The Yellow Affair and distributed in the UK by MUBI; and, together with Manon, the SKY-commissioned comedy pilot "Heart To Heart" (SXSW 2020), written by IR Bell Webb, directed by Lilah Vandenburgh and featuring David Tennant.
Chiara is an alumna of a number of industry training schemes including EIFF Talent Lab, Sheffield Doc/Fest Future Producers School, Creative Producers Initiative, BFI Net.Work x BAFTA Crew, has had feature-length projects selected for development schemes such as Film London Microwave and iFeatures, and is a visiting lecturer at the NFTS and Kingston School of Art.
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Ardimages UK was established in 2016 with the support of French production company Ardimages.
With over 40 years of experience in the French media industries, TV host and producer Thierry Ardisson founded Ardimages in 2013 to develop producer-driven films and TV series. He notably produced the feature film "Max" (2012), and TV series "Peplum" (2015) for M6.