There are great filmmakers that exist outside the densely populated city of London. We selected 15 rising filmmakers to look out for in the next year from a range of backgrounds and cities up and down the UK.
Daniel Alexander – Birmingham – All you need to do is visit his website to see the accolades. Daniel has been making films for a number of years that showcase his vast filmmaking ability. Consistently winning awards and breaking the status quo, Daniel has been flying the flag for diverse talent in the midlands.
Jamie Weston – Colchester – This Colchester native is a drama graduate from the university of Essex. Two feature films already under his belt, a lot is expected of this talented young man. Peep his work here.
Matty Crawford – A University of Gloucestershire graduate in film production, Matty has enough accolades to make the avid indie filmmaker envious of his talents. He is also a Sundance ignite fellow and his amazing short film Addy (2016) is avaiable to view online now.
Duaine Carma Roberts – Birmingham – British filmmaker and founder of CarmaFilm Motion. Duaine has been bubbling on the radar of the independent filmmaking scene for a little while. Check out his work including his short film GRAYCON.
Riyadh Haque – After starting his career as an actor, Riyadh decided to bless us film lovers with his skills behind camera. This highly likeable individual was selected to be part of the BFI NET.WORK x BAFTA Crew scheme in 2017.
Mustapha Kseibati – Born in Dubai, signed to Curtis Brown, created content with BBC, UK Film Council and the BFI. Mustapha has spoken about his challenging up bringing which lends to his storytelling. Often featuring young people at the centre of his projects, Mustapha continues to excel in every aspect of filmmaking. His short film Painkiller is one of our favourites.
Becky Adams – Northampton – Screen Northants Director and film director Becky has been quietly making noise. The trailer for her feature film Macbeth will send shivers down your spine and features a very talented yet diverse cast from a wide diaspora in the UK.
Zara Sands – Woking – Her instagram bio reads ‘My instagram is mildly ugly but just know that this isnt me trying to make something that isn’t’. A multi-talented young lady who has a strong background in dance has now ventured into filmmaking. Have a look at her project Bulldogs on Channel 4 First acts.
Tom Dunham – Chichester – Young and impressionable. This budding writer director and actor currently has his crime-drama film Bluff making the rounds on the festival circuit.
Joshua Hext – Bourne end, Buckinghamshire – Another talented writer and director on the list, Joshua already has a feature film under his impressive resume titled Quotation. Other than speaking in third person on his website where you can find more of his work, his production credits also include Channel 4 random acts and Adobe.
Bensalem Mitchell – Portsmouth – A self-described ‘DIY filmmaker’ hailing from Portsmouth, Bensalem’s short filmRECTON has won awards internationally. We are excited to see what Bensalem has planned for 2018.
Steffan Zachiyah – Birmingham – Steffan is a man with a plan. Part of Birmingham’s catalyst studio collective that supports talent in the Midlands. A keen speaker, Steffan bravely opened up at a Ted Talk about his journey.
If you are a filmmaker from outside London and want to be considered for our list next year, @LevileTV on Twitter or Instagram and we will review your work!
Congratulations to all the talent selected on the list.