A thrillingly romantic story about a young Yorkshire farmer who finds love with a Romanian migrant labourer.
Written and directed by Francis Lee, produced by Manon Ardisson and Jack Tarling, the film was financed by the BFI and Creative England, sold internationally by Protagonist, and distributed in the UK by Picturehouse. After a Sundance premiere in 2017 and a stellar festival run, "God's Own Country" went on to win four BIFAs and was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film.
God's own country
In this essay film, musician and writer Elizabeth Sankey investigates the past, present and future of romantic comedies, assisted by a chorus of critics, actors and filmmakers.
Produced by Chiara Ventura, Oskar Pimlott and Jeremy Warmsley, "Romantic Comedy" premiered at IFFR and SXSW in 2019, played at over 30 festivals all over the world and was released in the UK by MUBI.
LILITH & EVE
This adult comedy animation is a feminist re-imagining of the Adam and Eve story, in which Eve bumps into Adam's first wife and equal, Lilith.
A début animation short from award-winning director Sam de Ceccatty, with Aimee Lou Wood (SEX EDUCATION) and Susan Wokoma (ENOLA HOLMES) voicing the title roles, the film will premiere at TriBeCa Festival this year. Sam and co-writer Manon Ardisson are currently developing a TV series based on the short. "LILITH & EVE" is premiering at Tribeca in June 2022.
A comedy pilot about a young woman who wakes up from a heart transplant surgery only to discover that her failing heart is determined to get her a girlfriend - before they both die.
Written by IR Bell-Webb, directed by Lilah Vandenburgh, and produced by Manon Ardisson and Chiara Ventura, "Heart to Heart' was commissioned by Sky Studios and was due to premiere at SXSW in 2020. The show stars Fern Deacon, Siena Kelly and David Tennant.
heart to heart
An intense, personal drama about a recovering alcoholic who attempts to turn his life around by rebuilding an abandoned touriste lodge in the Amazon, but the allure of illegal gold mining derail his dreams.
Directed by Jorge Thielen Armand, "La Fortaleza" premiered in IFFR in the Tiger Competition in 2020. The film is sold by Reel Suspects, and was financed by Breaker, the World Cinema Fund, Colombia's FDC, and Nouvelle Aquitaine's Film Fund as an international coproduction between Venezuela, France, Colombia and the Netherlands.
A father and son return to the Amazon jungle to shoot a deeply personal film. Fiction and reality clash as father plays himself.
Director Mo Scarpelli's third feature documentary follows director Jorge Thielen Armand and his father as they make "La Fortaleza". The film premiered at Visions du Réel in 2020 and was the one of only 3 projects to be supported by the Torino Film Lab Audience Design Fund. The film is released in the Netherlands by Picl and in North America by Grasshopper.
el father plays himself
A vivid and intimate account of the Venezuelan crisis told through the real-life struggle of a young father trying to save his family from the demolition of their home.
Developed and financed with the support of the Biennale College Cinema programme, Jorge Thielen Armand's debut, a hybrid between documentary and fiction, premiered in Venice in 2016 and went on to screen in over 50 festivals internationally, winning 14 awards. The film was released by MUBI and the ICA in the UK.
The debut film from deaf artist/filmmaker Louise Stern (pictured), "A Hand Rises" is a thrilling drama set in an isolated deaf community, currently in development with BBC Film.
a hand rises
Staff of oranyan
"Staff of Oranyan" is a fantasy adventure, teen coming of age series created and written by Matilda Feyiṣayọ Ibini (pictured) and Samuel Babajide Ibini, set between Hackney’s British Nigerian community and the Yoruba afterworld, currently in development with the BFI's Young Audience Content Fund.
A personal essay film exploring the unexpected yet compelling connections between perinatal mental health and witches. Written and directed by Elizabeth Sankey (ROMANTIC COMEDY, pictured), a co-production with Montgomery Avenue.
My thoughts exactly
"My Thoughts Exactly" is a rom-com about two radio DJs who are forced to co-host a show together and soon realise it’s impossible to tune each other out: they literally can hear each other’s thoughts! The film is written by Helen Simmons and Kim Tserkezie (pictured), one the top 10 most influential disabled people in the UK (Shaw Trust Disability Power100) who is attached to star. The film will be directed by BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Ben Mallaby. The project is in development with Netflix and Creative UK through their Breakout initiative.
The debut feature from award-winning writer/director Nichola Wong (pictured), "Carousel" is a deeply personal film, telling the story of two sisters who go on a journey of self-discovery and emotional awakening after taking up dancing in a London strip club.
"Queer as Folk Dancing" is what happens when a bunch of queers come together to train with the aim of becoming shit hot Welsh folk dancers, compete at the long-established National Eisteddfod, and win! The film is co-written by Daf James and Bethan Marlow (pictured), and is currently in development with Ffilm Cymru Wales.