Filmonomics Plus Participants

Filmonomics Plus Participants

Meet our inaugural Filmonomics Plus course cohort (click here for list of mentors)…

Nisha Parti, Producer

Nisha Parti is the founder of Parti Productions, a company that aims to produce a unique genre of commercially successful films for the International market that will have at their heart an undeniable link to India.

Her first feature film HONOUR, a London-based, girl-on-the-run thriller written and directed by Shan Khan and starring Paddy Considine, was released theatrically in the UK and US in 2014. Projects in pre-production include: an adaptation of Sathnam Sanghera’s THE BOY WITH THE TOPKNOT for BBC2; DARKNESS VISIBLE, a feature film set in India, written and directed by Neil Biswas and funded by the BFI. Projects in development include: MARRIAGE MATERIAL, a four-part drama adapted by Ashley Pharaoh; UNTOUCHABLE, a legal drama set in India written by Peter Moffat, all for the BBC and co-produced with Kudos; STRAY, a thriller set in India written by Jay Basu and starring Dev Patel, also in development with the BFI; BOLLYWOOF, a live action family film set in India directed by Frederik Du Chau; and S.I.N.K, a romcom written and to be directed by Morwenna Banks.


Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor, Producer/Writer

With over seven years experience in producing, ranging from corporate, commercials to features, Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor has worked with a variety of budgets, producing work that is both exceptional and that pushes boundaries.

She was recently part of the BFI Flare Mentorship Scheme 2016, in which her mentor is Ben Roberts, head of the BFI Film Fund.

Her latest feature film, WHITE COLOUR BLACK, premiered at the BFI London Film Festival 2016 and was short listed for the IWC Filmmakers Grant Award.


Martin Gentles, Producer

When he realized that life as an academic philosopher would not be right for him, Martin Gentles decided to pursue a career in film instead. He began as a runner in a post-production company, but eventually moved up to roles in various production capacities in music videos, commercials, television documentaries and feature films, including a stint as assistant to Alan Parker on the film ANGELA’S ASHES.

In 2010, along with his friend Ed King, Martin set up the feature film company Starchild Pictures, and became a producer. His feature credits include THE LIABILITY, a black comedy thriller starring Tim Roth and Jack O’Connell, and HOWL, a creature horror directed by Paul Hyett and starring Ed Speleers.


Uzma Hasan, Producer

Uzma Hasan is co-founder and producer at venture capitalist backed-Little House Productions. Her latest feature FIRSTBORN premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 ahead of a worldwide sale to Netflix. Her first feature THE INFIDEL (2010) was released internationally to commerical and critical acclaim, was remade by Viacom India as DHARAM SANKAT MEIN (2015) and as a musical that ran at Theatre Royal Stratford.

She was Executive Producer on Nitin Sawhney’s multi award winning documentary FLYING PAPER (2014) and SILENCING SABEEN (2016), a short documentary on Pakistani activist Sabeen Mahmud. She is currently developing projects with a diverse range of talent including Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw, David Baddiel and Nikesh Shukla, as well as with the BFI and Eastman Dance Company.


Paul Sng, Producer

As a director and producer, Paul’s work focuses on telling the stories of people who have been neglected, marginalised or misrepresented by mainstream media.

His first feature documentary, SLEAFORD MODS – INVISIBLE BRITAIN, is a part-band doc, part-state of the nation film that follows the band Sleaford Mods on a tour of the UK in the run up to the 2015 General Election. In each location the filmmakers interviewed members of the local community in neglected towns and cities to examine how austerity, de-industrialisation and unemployment had impacted on the area and what, if anything, they were doing to campaign against unpopular government policies. The film was conceived in December 2014 and crowdfunded successfully in February 2015; eight months later it premiered at Picturehouse Central in London and has been shown on more than 80 screens in the UK and Ireland.

Following the success of INVISIBLE BRITAIN, Paul formed Velvet Joy Productions and is currently working on a documentary about the failures and deception behind the social housing crisis, DISPOSSESSION: THE GREAT SOCIAL HOUSING SWINDLE, which will be released in 2017. Upcoming projects include a film about the true reality of being working class in post-Brexit Britain (based on sociologist Dr Lisa McKenzie’s book Getting By) and a documentary about the life of punk icon and X-Ray Spex singer Poly Styrene.


Julia Ton, Producer

Project 1961 is an independent production company established by Julia Ton to enable structured co-productions within Europe focusing on the creative and financial aspects at the same time. Producing from London, born in the Netherlands, and commuting between European cities producer Julia finds herself in the position of a nomadic filmmaker. Celebrating filmmakers from different parts of Europe, Project 1961 aims to bring interesting films to the international market where different cultures meet in the middle.

Julia started working in the film industry as an assistant producer on FISH TANK by Andrea Arnold, following OVER YOUR CITIES GRASS WILL GROW by Sophie Fiennes and THE ONE ALL ALONE by Frank Scheffer. The first two films premiered at Cannes respectively in 2009 and 2010 and the last was screened during the Venice Film Festival 2009. Subsequently she worked as an executive producer on GOLTZIUS & THE PELICAN COMPANY (2013) directed by Peter Greenaway. Last year she produced WHO THE DEVIL CAN SEE IN THE DARK by Mari Soppela and the next Greenaway film WALKING TO PARIS, to be released in early 2017.


Annalise Davis, Producer

Annalise Davis’ first feature film as a producer, UP THERE, won BAFTA (Scotland) Awards for Best Film and Best Director. It won the Main Prize at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema. After a successful international festival run, UP THERE was released theatrically in the UK, in partnership with Distrify, using cinema-on-demand technology to use the audience to decide where the film would show. UP THERE went on to have a network television premiere on the BBC and was distributed by Andersen Digital in the US.

Annalise went on to co-produce THE RAILWAY MAN, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, working alongside Andy Paterson, the Executive Producer of UP THERE. The film was released around the world in 2014, achieving great box office success, awards recognition and acclaim.


Wendy Griffin, Producer

Wendy has worked for many years as a line producer working on films such as RED ROAD, DONKEYS, FESTIVAL and OUTCAST, and various television productions.

In 2009 she produced the low budget feature film WASTED, which screened widely at festivals and on BBC. In 2012 she co-produced the indie romcom ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING with Claire Mundell of Synchronicity Films. NOT ANOTHER ENDING was the closing film at EIFF that year.

More recently she produced the music documentary BIG GOLD DREAM, which won the audience award at EIFF 2015, and worked as Associate Producer/Line Producer on the dark thriller CALIBRE with Wellington Films, as well as developing several projects through her production company Selkie Productions.


Jessica Edwards, Producer

Jessica is a documentary producer, impact strategist/producer and the founder of Hope Street Films. With a background in producing documentaries and non-fiction programmes, working on BRITDOC’s impact evaluation of THE END OF THE LINE inspired a shift in focus. After three years in social impact consultancy, working on creative content led strategies for leading organisations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Comic Relief, she now integrates and alternates her expertise on a range of compelling story-led projects through her company Hope Street Films.

Recent projects include consulting on the international social action campaign on HE NAMED ME MALALA about the Pakistani education campaigner Malala Yousafzai; producing some doc shorts for The Guardian; and overseeing BRITDOC’s new social impact fund the Flex Fund, working with the Skoll Foundation and the Ford Foundation to identify and support the most innovative and creative projects emerging from partnerships between moving image storytellers and social entrepreneurs. She has a feature doc in development.


Catherine Bray, Producer/Writer

Catherine Bray has been working with Film4 since 2009, currently as Editorial Director. Prior to this she was a regional commissioning editor for Channel 4’s 4Talent Central. Her first feature film as producer was Charlie Lyne’s ‘90s teen movie doc BEYOND CLUELESS in 2014, with his BBC-funded iPlayer essay feature FEAR ITSELF following in 2015 as her second producer credit. With Charlie and Anthony Ing, she is a co-founder of Loop Projects Ltd, whose commissions include Channel 4 broadcast short BLACKOUT. Catherine also freelances as a journalist, including for the BBC, Channel Five, BFI, The Guardian, Time Out and Variety, and has written and presented live and pre-recorded sections of the BBC’s flagship film show on BBC1.


Anthony Ing, Producer

Anthony Ing is a freelance filmmaker, composer, and co-founder of Loop Projects Ltd — together with Catherine Bray and Charlie Lyne. His first film as a producer was Charlie’s documentary feature BEYOND CLUELESS (2014), followed by FEAR ITSELF (2015) for BBC iPlayer. He has also composed for, and produced, several shorts including COPYCAT (2015), which screened at London Film Festival, and BLACKOUT (2016) for Channel 4’s Random Acts. His own directorial debut, DAY AFTER DAY (2016), premiered in its own slot at Encounters Short Film Festival in September.


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