BFI NETWORK X Film Hub Midlands: Campbell X & Mia Bays in conversation

Mon 14 Dec, 6.30 - 7.30pm *This webinar will have BSL Interpretation

We are delighted to welcome award winning filmmaker, writer- director of STUD LIFE and DES!RE Campbell X to host this year in review. Campbell will be in conversation with Academy Award winning producer, founder of Missing in Action Films and director at large of Birds Eye View, Mia Bays. Campbell and Mia will look at the film landscape over the past 12 months, and will be shining a light on the creative ways that filmmakers have responded to these difficult times, celebrating creative filmmaking talent.



Campbell X


Campbell X is a writer/director who directed the award-winning queer urban romantic comedy feature film STUD LIFE. His film Stud Life was voted by the Guardian as one of the top 10 Black British feature films ever made. It was also in Vogue magazine as one of the best films to watch in 2020. Stud Life was also selected by the British Film Institute as one of the top 8 queer films to view while we were all on lockdown.

Campbell was one of the writers at the Royal Court for My White Best Friend theatre series.

Campbell directed and produced the short film DES!RE, the documentary VISIBLE which headlined the Scottish Queer Film Festival in December 2018. Campbell directed the award-winning TV webseries DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS and is one of the directors of the transgender webseries Spectrum London.

Campbell is the Co-founder with Neelu Bhuman of Wahala Film Fund a completion fund for short films by and about QTIPOC people.



Mia Bays


Celebrating 30 years in the film business in 2021, Mia Bays has produced an Oscar winner, received two BAFTA nominations, including for the prestigious Carl Foreman award, and has worked all over the world as a creative producer, distribution expert and equality-in-film agitator with over 20 feature film credits.

Mia is a BAFTA and European Film Academy member, is on the BIFA advisory committee and director-at-large of Birds’ Eye View Film, a charity that campaigns for gender equality in film through events, conversation and professional development programmes.

In 2018 BEV established the British Film Institute-backed Reclaim the Frame project, a public and industry facing campaign designed to bring ever-greater audiences to films made by women. They now have networks UK wide, in 15 cities in partnership with over 20 cinemas, and the key indie cinema chains, and work with online platforms such as Netflix, MUBI, Curzon Home Cinema and BFIplayer.

Mia has also produced Sundance Film Festival London since 2018.

Credit highlights:

SHOOTER by Martin McDonagh ; SCOTT WALKER – 30 CENTURY MAN exec produced by David Bowie ; LILTING by Hong Khaou ; LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD voiced by Tilda Swinton ; (as distribution strategist) : TSOTSI, 2005 Foreign Language Oscar winner ; RICHARD III starring Ian McKellen ; 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE.

She is currently in production on a feature documentary entitled UNSPACELY, backed by the BFI Doc Society.