We’re excited to announce the eight filmmakers representing the Midlands in the 2021 BFI NETWORK Creative Producer Lab. Our class of 2021 will join an eight-strong contingent from the North on a career and creative development journey over the next few months. During that time, they'll sharpen up their production management skills, learn from leading industry figures and expand their filmmaking networks.

The lab's Midlands cohort draws together Producers with a range of filmmaking and theatre experience from right across the region. We can't wait to see how their slates will develop and what projects we'll see from them next - but, in the meantime, we're proud to introduce the class of 2021.

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Charlie Clarke

Charlie is a multi-hyphenated talent spanning theatre and film with a passion for working with and promoting Midlands based talent. She has most recently produced GOOD GRIEF with Sirloin Films, which stars Vicky McClure.

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Chloé Martin

With a background in acting, Chloé is transferring her skills from theatre to film having run a touring theatre company since 2016. Chloé is also a producer for Nexus Midlands- a monthly networking event for screen industry professionals.

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Conrad Simpson

Conrad started his producing career after graduating from BFI Film Academy and going on to be selected for a craft skills course at the NFTS. He is interested in experimental, boundary-pushing work with strong narratives which can engage audiences.

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Ella Townsend

Ella has over ten years of experience in talent development having overseen the production of 28 shorts as lead on Broadway Cinemas BFI Film Academy and is now building her own slate as an independent, creative producer focusing on untold stories.

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Malcolm Remedios

Malcolm is an Assistant Producer in factual television looking to transfer his skills and knowledge from working on BBC2 productions Hospital, Monkman and Seagull and Channel 4’s Sixteen: Class of 2021, to a producing career in fiction.

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Sam Oldknow

Sam is a recent MA Film Production graduate of Staffordshire University with a passion for innovative and inclusive storytelling. His ambition is to demonstrate that working with disability is not a challenge but a resource to enhance films.

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Sindy Campbell

Sindy has produced several short films and is fiercely passionate about telling local, untold stories. In 2020 she launched the Black Film and TV Forum, a space for Black screen professionals working behind the scenes in the Midlands.

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Thomas Longstaff

Thomas is a filmmaker with a passion for championing work from working-class creatives and talent from the Midlands. After writing and directing his short The Siren’s Song with BBC New Creatives, Thomas is now transferring his skills to producing.