Co-Production Club 2020 - cohort announced

18 UK-based producers have been selected for the second edition of our Co-Production Club from 5-9 October 2020; our online three-day lab designed to take participants through the basics of putting a co-production together, from treaties and conventions to legal agreements and sources of finance. 

The 18 producers selected for this year's cohort are:

AARON BROOKNER

Aaron is a British/American director, writer and producer based in London. As a director his latest film UNCLE HOWARD (Sundance/Berlinale, 2016), was BIFA nominated, NY Times Critics Pick, one of 10 Best Documentaries of the Year by Hollywood Reporter, and Dias de Cine Best Documentary winner (Spain). He co-wrote and produced LISTEN, the first ever English-Portuguese co-production, directed by Ana Rocha. LISTEN is the most awarded film at the Venice Film Festival 2020 with two Lions (Special Jury and Best debut feature) and four independent awards. He is co-director of Pinball London where he is developing films and series as a producer, writer, and director.

ADRIAN BATE

Adrian produced Craig Roberts’ first feature film JUST JIM (starring Emile Hirsch and Craig Roberts) and AFFINTY an adaptation of the Sarah Waters novel which premiered at the San Francisco Film Festival.  Adrian has produced and delivered over 100 hours of Primetime Drama in the UK. Adrian ran the Film & TV drama division of Zenith Entertainment before setting up Cliff Edge Pictures and Vox Pictures in Cardiff. Award winning drama includes CIDER WITH ROSIE and KEEPING FAITH. Adrian has recently produced Craig Roberts’ second feature film ETERNAL BEAUTY starring Sally Hawkins due for release in October 2020.

AIMARA REQUES

Aimara has over 25 years’ experience in the film industry in the UK and has collaborated with a number of renowned directors and producers from the UK and internationally. She is the founder of Aconite Productions based in Scotland. She is a winner of two BAFTA Scotland Awards; a Fox Searchlight Award; an Amnesty International Media Award; and the Golden Star Award from El Gouna Film Festival. She was the leading producer and co-writer of the ambitious Victor Kossakovsky’s AQUARELA, premiered at Venice 2018 and shortlisted for the Oscars in 2020. Other Aconite credits also include SOUND FOR THE FUTURE by Matt Hulse, BRASILIA: LIFE AFTER DESIGN by Bart Simpson, EVERYBODY’S CHILD by Garry Fraser; 15 IN GAZA by Rana Ayoub and Wesam Mousa.

BRETT WALKER

Brett is a producer born in Farnham. His first feature, teen prison drama, NEGATIVE NUMBERS by Uta Beria is a French/Georgian/Italian co-production with support from Eurimages that won the Human Rights in Film Award 2019 at the Tbilisi International Film Festival. His second feature, a Kosovo/Albanian surrealist drama, ZANA by Antoneta Kastrati, premiered at TIFF 2019, won Best Actress at Fantaspoa 2020, and Best Feature film award at Tirana Film Festival 2020. Brett is currently working on the dystopian drama ASTRONAUT, the feature debut of Zentropa Spain producer David Matamoros.

CAMILLE GATIN

Camille was nominated for a BAFTA and won a BIFA award for Mike Carey's feature adaptation of award winning and best-selling novel THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, which Colm McCarthy directed and which starred Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine. Her first feature, SHADOW DANCER, was directed by Oscar winning director James Marsh, and starred Andrea Riseborough, Clive Owen and Gillian Anderson. She also produced flagship ITV series Endeavour, the reboot of Inspector Morse, which drew in 8 million viewers. She is currently developing Mike Carey and Colm McCarthy's new project FELLSIDE, a ghost story set in a women's prison, Joanna Coates' new project MARION ACKERMAN and 2019 Blacklist script STAMPEDE, written and to be directed by Sontenish Myers.

CASSANDRA SIGSGAARD

With a passion for original stories by visionary filmmakers who challenge boundaries and preconceptions, Cassandra’s theatrical credits include the award-winning feature debut NINA FOREVER (dir: Blaine brothers), hailed as “strikingly original” by Screen International, and acclaimed feature documentary, INDIA IN A DAY (dir. Richie Mehta), executive produced by Ridley Scott. Currently in post is debut feature doc ON OUR DOOSTEP, by Tom Laurence, and next up are Brit List comedy ENTER THE DRAGONS (Writer: Joy Wilkinson), starring Gemma Arterton; thriller THE TUTOR (dir: Alice Troughton), starring Lesley Manville; and cross-cultural romance THE PRICE OF TEA (writer/director: Richie Mehta).

ELEANOR EMPTAGE

Eleanor cut her teeth as a script consultant for companies including Studio Canal, Focus Features and Film 4, before moving into documentary development - working on a slate of films including Oscar nominated WASTE LAND. Having produced a number of shorts, Eleanor’s first feature as lead producer - WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON ACTIVIST, premiered at Sundance 2018 (World Cinema Documentary Competition). Her latest film TOMBOY was selected for SXSW 2020. Next up she is producing NOTHING COMPARES - a feature documentary about the life and legacy of Sinéad O’Connor, which has support from Northern Ireland Screen, Screen Ireland and the BFI.

HELEN SIMMONS

Helen is a producer, writer and Screen International Star of Tomorrow. Her work has screened at festivals across the world including Rhode Island, Flickerfest and LOCO, and her first feature CHUBBY FUNNY was BIFA-nominated. Her second feature, SAY YOUR PRAYERS, is released this September. As a writer, she has projects in development with companies including Tiger Aspect, Workshop Pictures, and Audible. She is co-Managing Director of Erebus Pictures, which recently received a BFI Vision Award. Helen is one of the British Screen Forum’s Future Leaders and spearheaded the recent Producers Roundtable initiative alongside Sophie Reynolds and Loran Dunn. 

IVANA MACKINNON

Ivana’s most recent feature BEAST won the BAFTA for Best Debut Film 2019, was nominated for the BAFTA for Best British Film, and received 11 BIFA nominations. BEAST was released internationally in 2018, after premiering at Toronto in the acclaimed Platform strand. Ivana is currently developing work with May El Toukhy, Daina O.Pusic and Christopher Andrews through her new company Wild Swim.

JEN CORCORAN

Jen is a creative producer based between Newcastle and Teesside. Jen is currently in post-production on NASCONDINO (dir. Victoria Fiore), a poetic documentary portrait of contemporary Naples (BFI Doc Society, Film Commission Regione Campania). Her slate includes feature documentary TISH (dir. Paul Sng) and an adaptation of Anne Fine’s THE TULIP TOUCH alongside work with new talent. Jen established Freya Films in 2019 focusing on female-led storytelling and new narratives from the northeast. Formerly Head of Film at My Accomplice (THE QUIET ONE, THE GREAT HACK) Jen has a professional background in film sales and international finance.

KAT MANSOOR

Kat is an award-winning film producer who has been making films for the past 20 years.  Kat recently set up Halcyon Pictures which is a film production company specialising in developing and crafting the most captivating stories of our time.  Kat has worked with BBC Films, Channel 4, Film 4, Netflix and Vice to deliver long-form documentaries. Her film credits include double Grierson-winning and RTS nominated HERE’S JOHNNY (Channel 4/Wellcome), BLACKOUT (directed by Eva Weber),THE MAN WHOSE MIND EXPLODED (Film4), IDA’S DIARY (Vice/International), and LOST AND SOUND (International). Kat is in pre-production on a film called GEN ANGST, directed by Marc Silver (Participant), and in production with  XR: BEYOND THE EMERGENCY (BFI); and; TIMEKEEPERS (world sales). Films in post-production include COW a theatrical feature documentary by Academy Award winning Director Andrea Arnold (BBC films) and WHAT WE BELIEVE (BBC Storyville).

KATHY SPEIRS

Kathy founded Up Helly Aa in 2012 to develop, package & produce feature films & TV projects for the International Market. Her first feature film multi-award winning MOON DOGS (2016) is an official UK/Irish coproduction Dir: Philip John. (Best International First Feature at Galway Film Fleadh 2016, BAFTA Cymru for Best Actor amongst others). Her second feature coproduced with Rob Alexander & Ian Davies, CONCRETE PLANS (2020) Dir: Will Jewell, is being sold by MPI. TV credits include Pity Party (1x28”) for BBC Scotland. Working with new and established creatives. ‘We move’. 

KATIE HODGKIN

Katie is currently in post-production on her second feature MARTYRS LANE, written and directed by Ruth Platt, which is supported by the BFI and being sold internationally by LevelK. Her previous film, BRUNO by writer / director by Karl Golden premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2019 and went on to screen at Hamburg, Tallinn Black Nights and numerous other festivals. Her short films have received backing from the BFI, Creative England, Erasmus, the Icelandic Film Centre and Shorts International. Aside from feature films, Katie produces commercials and content for brands and charities.

LUKE W MOODY

Luke is a creative producer and curator developing new cinema and artist’s moving image with LONO Studio. Previously he was Head of Film at Doc Society and Director of Film Programming at Sheffield Doc/Fest. He also co-founded and curated FRAMES of REPRESENTATION at ICA, London, an annual forum for presentation and discussion of new cinema. He hails from Rotherham and is based in Tottenham.

LUKE SCHILLER

Luke has worked in film and television since the late 1980’, working with renowned directors including Ken Loach (SWEET SIXTEEN, 2002) and Wim Wenders (MUSICA CUBANA, 2004). Luke has produced three of Joanna Hogg's films, including ARCHIPELAGO, as well as Sundance 2019 winner THE SOUVENIR.  He is currently completing post-production on THE SOUVENIR PART TWO. Currently in development through his company Atlas Films are two TV series with Tony Grisoni; a feature with Joanna Hogg; a documentary with Carol Salter and the feature WE ARE DANCERS - in co-pro with Tyke Films - with writer/director Joe Morris.

MICHELLE ANTONIADES

Michelle is a London based British-Cypriot producer. Credits include Marley Morrison’s up-coming debut feature SWEETHEART, funded through the Film London / BBC Films / BFI Microwave scheme; Comedy series ANGRY BIRDS ON THE RUN with Blink Industries and Rovio Entertainment, now in its second series. Previous work includes LEROY, nominated for Iris Prize Best British Short and Underwire Emerging Producer Award, plus BFI Network funded short BABY GRAVY which premiered at BFI London Film Festival 2017.  Michelle started out as a Production Coordinator in factual TV and feature documentaries and is now developing a TV/Film slate for Hazey Jane Films as well as pursuing UK and European co-production opportunities.  

MICHAEL CHAMBERLAIN

Michael has devised, directed, produced award-winning documentaries, over 200 films and series for Channel 4, ITV, BBC, HBO etc, including as Executive Producer on the EMMY-nominated THE WORLD BEFORE HER, also Best Documentary Winner at Tribeca. Michael founded Tearaway Films and makes documentaries for BBC1’s primetime on The One Show.  Tearaway is developing fiction features and drama series. Michael devised and is Consulting Producer on prison drama series OUTSIDERS for Clerkenwell Films [END OF THE F***ING WORLD]. 

NATASHA DACK OJUMU

Natasha Dack Ojumu is co-founder of Tigerlily Productions, whose award winning and distinctive output encompasses features films and documentaries, as well as arts, current affairs and history programmes for broadcast. Tigerlily has a scripted development deal with international distributor Banijay.