We are delighted to announce the thirty new and emerging indies from across the UK that have been selected to take part in the Pact Future 30 scheme.
As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, we issued a national call out to find 30 of the UK’s most exciting new indies who have the potential to become the sector’s gamechangers of the future.
Indies had to submit a two minute video to explain why they should be chosen for the scheme, and an expert panel including Laura Marshall, Icon Films; Laura Bessell, Argonon; Billy Macqueen, Darrall Macqueen; Jane Kelly, Big Mountain Productions; Julie Baines, Dan Films, Gwenda Carnie, Cardiff Productions; Thomasina Gibson, Heroes Productions; and Hakan Kousetta, 60Forty Films have been judging hundreds of applications over the past month.
The judges were blown away by the calibre of the entries and it was difficult to reach a final 30. It’s a good sign for the future of British TV and film that we have so much talent coming through. Well done to the successful applicants and we look forward to working with them over the next two years to help them develop their businesses.”
Pact Chair and CEO of 60Forty Films, Hakan Kousetta
We are today pleased to announce that the following companies have been selected for the scheme, which includes two years’ free Pact membership and a supercharged, tailored development programme with access to industry experts to help them to develop and grow their businesses, as well as all of the regular member benefits including free legal and business affairs advice, regular TV commissioner briefings and access to the Pact Growth Accelerator:
Born This Way Media Ltd - London
Max Barber – Creative Director, Founder
Samantha Renke – Head of Talent, Producer, Founder
"We've always been in this tricky race to push the diverse agenda further - and we are by no means lacking the stories, ideas and talent we have up our sleeves. But now it looks like Future 30 has given us a wicked pair of running shoes and a can of Redbull!"
Bowled Over Media Ltd - Surrey
Heidi Gomes – Creative Director
“What an honour to be chosen for this prestigious scheme! I’m thrilled and so grateful to Pact. The support, expertise, and mentorship from industry leaders is what I’ve been craving, and to have 29 peers to work with and cheerlead one another, means the world”.
Caspian Films - Kent
Georgina Paget – Co-Founder
Thembisa Cochrane – Co-Founder
“It’s a huge privilege to be selected as one of Pact’s Future30, and we’re excited to have this gamechanging opportunity to develop what we do at Caspian Films with the support of an organisation that has been championing disruption, creativity and innovation for 30 years. We love producing for screen because it’s such a collaborative process, and with Pact that pleasure of collaboration extends beyond individual projects to the industry as a whole. We’re delighted to be a part of that."
ClockWork Films - Leeds
Heenan Bhatti – Director and Executive Producer
“We’re delighted and honoured to be selected for the Pact Future30 Programme, which comes at an important time for the company. After a successful start-up, we’re setting our sights on ClockWork’s medium-term growth. These ambitions chime perfectly with the structure and ambitions of the programme."
Daddy's SuperYacht Productions - London
Benjamin Sutton – Creative Director
Charlie Dinkin – Scripted Comedy
Kevin Muyolo – Unscripted Comedy
Laura Shaw – Head of Production
"The Daddies are all absolutely delighted to be included in the Pact Future30 scheme. It's been a challenging year for all indies but especially as a new start-up finding our feet has been tough. To be recognised by Pact for our efforts is really heart-warming. We're super excited to get stuck in and meet the other companies. Massive thanks to Pact and everyone else who's helped us so far."
Dark Pictures Limited - London
Yaw Basoah – Founder
"We are delighted to be part of the Pact Future30 and can't think of a better springboard to help achieve the company's goals over the next 2 years."
Earthling Films - London
Matt Diegan – Founder, Producer
Ross Bolidai – FOunder, Director
"We’re thrilled to have been selected for the Future30 scheme and can’t wait to get stuck into the development program, make the most of all Pact has to offer and also meet the other companies involved!"
HopSkip Studios Ltd - Belfast
Kate Finn – Creative Director
Aisling Gallagher – Managing Director
“We are thrilled to be selected for the Pact Future 30 scheme. This programme of support and advice from industry leaders has the potential to fast-track HopSkip Studios to the global success we are striving for. Being part of the Future 30 scheme will help empower us with the knowledge and confidence to operate in markets both in the UK and internationally and put us in a position to re-invest in the UK production industry. We are excited about the future and ready to get started."
Indefinite Films - Bristol
Bruce Goodison – Partner, Filmmaker
Kate Cook – Partner, Producer
"It’s a real honour to have our [Indefinite Films] potential recognised by an organisation like Pact who are at the forefront of our industry. As an emerging regional indie, their support and expertise couldn’t come at a better time as we look to grow our company by anchoring our ambitions for producing headline grabbing drama out of Bristol and expanding our reach beyond the UK. Receiving mentoring and guidance that’s tailored to that journey will be invaluable to our future."
Insight Films - London
Clive Patterson – Producer, Director
Hugh Davies – Producer
"Pact is a wonderful resource for independent filmmakers and production companies. We’re honoured to be chosen for the Pact Future30 scheme and look forward to engaging with and learning from the mentors, industry experts and, of course, our fellow selectees on this exciting scheme."
Kailash Films - Cardiff
Gwen Hughes – Founder
"As an ambitious, female-led, award-winning factual indie based in the Nations & Regions, Kailash Films is delighted to be selected for Pact's Future30 scheme. We are very much looking forward to getting started and can’t wait to meet the other companies from across the sector. This is an exciting opportunity to grow and develop Kailash and take us to new heights!"
Little Bird Films - Cardiff
Tammy Kennedy – Co-Founder, Creative Director
Louise Bray – Co-Founder, Managing Director
"As a female-led company based in Wales, we are thrilled at being recognised by Pact for our forward-thinking approach to flexible working and providing opportunities to women and working mums."
Little Monk Pictures - Manchester
Nadia Jaynes – CEO
"We're delighted at being selected as one of Pact's Future30. As a growing northern indie, it's fantastic to get industry recognition and to receive this invaluable support from Pact."
Loop - London
Catherine Bray – Co-Founder, Company Director
Anthony Ing – Co-Founder, Company Director
Charlie Shackleton – Co-Founder, Company Director
“Loop are truly delighted to be selected for the Pact Future30 - while we’re proud of our creative track record thus far, we’re keen to grow as a business and look forward to learning from and alongside our peers."
Milk and Honey Productions – London
Lucy Pilkington – Founder, Managing Director
"We have ambitious plans for Milk and Honey, so it is such an honour to be chosen for Pact's Future30 scheme. Pact is the scaffolding on which UK indie production is built, and working with them to help scale Milk and Honey into one of the UK's leading premium factual companies will be thrilling."
Pan Yard - London
Cassie Quarless – Founder
"I'm incredibly excited to be part of the Pact Future30 scheme. I look forward to meeting the other selected indies and their leaders. I'm also really looking forward to learning from Pact and its industry collaborators."
Particle6 - Berkshire
Eline van der Velden – Executive Producer
"Our team at Particle6 is thrilled to be selected for the Pact Future30. The viral success of our content over the past few years has really encouraged us to push further into both factual and scripted, with a continued focus in comedy, science and other popular entertainment genres. We believe our inclusion in this program will propel Particle6 to even greater heights, bringing our expertise in knowing what resonates with the public to broader broadcast, cable and streaming clients.”
Phoenix Television - Hampshire
Miles Jarvis – Managing Director
Jaimi West – Creative Director
“This brilliant opportunity comes at the perfect moment for the Phoenix team when we’re ready to take our company into the next exciting chapter. We can’t wait to get started, thank you!”
Reel Soul Movies – Bath
Shelley Williams – CEO, Producer/Director
"Delighted to hear that Reel Soul Movies has been chosen to take part in Pact Future30; we can’t wait to meet the other participants & get started on this unique scheme."
Rope Ladder Fiction - Manchester
Cameron Roach – Founder
"I’m thrilled that Rope Ladder Fiction has been selected as one of Pact’s Future30. A robust and future thinking independent production community is vital to the lifeblood of creativity and innovation in our sector."
Skye Films Ltd - Scotland
Lena Vurma – Founder
"I am thankful to be chosen as one of the most exciting up and coming production companies in the UK. I am looking forward to meeting the other 29 participants and learning about their business models - a great kick-off for future collaborations. As a Tribeca Film Institute and Film Independent Fellow, eave and Inside Pictures alumni as well as a ScreenSkills UK mentor, I know how valuable these networks are and cannot wait to get started with Pact Future30!"
SLNda Limited – Loughborough and London
Nagajan Modhwadia – Founder, CEO, Executive Producer
Laura Russell – Head of Development
Ashley Walters – Founder, Executive Producer, Director, Actor
"Legal support and experienced industry insight are the missing pieces in our company. With Pact behind SLNda, we can achieve so much more! This truly means the world to us. Thank you, Pact!"
Spirit Studios - Brighton/Hove
Peter Cowley – CEO
"As Spirit continues to disrupt the industry on our journey to become a powerhouse indie of the future, we welcome the help and support that Pact and its network can provide."
Studio BE – Brighton
Brandon Relph – CEO
"We are delighted to be named in Pact's Future30. As relative newbies to the industry, we are excited to meet many others in the scheme and across the wider Pact community. We hope we can grow our work in bringing more young people into the industry to create fantastic content for teens and young adults!"
Studio Something - Scotland
Jordan Laird – Co Founder
Andy Maas – Head of Production
"Studio Something is absolutely thrilled to be invited onto the Pact Future30, as a relatively new company in this industry you can find that most of your time is spent focussed on productions, your head is down working away. So, it is a lovely feeling when something like this comes along forces you to take a moment and look up to see that the path you are going on is acknowledged and appreciated. We can’t wait to get working together and see what comes of the next two years."
Teen Club – London / Manchester
Savannah James-Bayly – Co-Founder
Loran Dunn – Co-Founder
Sorcha Bacon – Co-Founder
"With Teen Club we want to think big - creating commercial, positive, queer content for young audiences, with a global reach, whilst remaining fiercely independent and always authentic in voice. We hope being selected as one of Pact Future30 will help us build on the foundations we’ve laid for the company, and foster connections that help us achieve our long ambition of being a recognised and trusted brand for these types of stories.”
Three Tables Productions - London
Jun (JT) Wong – Co-Founder, Managing Director
David Chikwe – Co-Founder, Producer
Himesh Kar – Co-Founder, Producer
"We are absolutely delighted to have been selected for the Future30. As a diverse-led indie making scripted content, it’s great to be recognised as an exciting company in our industry - and we are really excited about the opportunities that Pact is offering to help us move to the next level. Pact have been so engaged and supportive over the difficult period of the pandemic, so we’re eager to see what they have planned for us in this scheme."
Threewise Entertainment – Birmingham
Michael Ford – Founder
Luna Luo – Co-Founder
Kate Larking – Partner
“As we celebrate our own 1st Birthday, Threewise is delighted to have been chosen by Pact to help celebrate their 30th. Being recognised as part of Future30 will propel the business even further in Years 2 and 3, and myself and the team can’t wait to meet and share great stories with our fellow ‘future’ alumni”
Walk on Air Films - Belfast
Rachel Hooper – Creative Director
Martha O Kane – MD
“We’re so excited to be part of this amazing cohort of Indies. As a regional indie it’s brilliant for us to have access to the mentors and peers of the calibre Pact have created for this scheme.”
Wander Films - Middlesbrough
Lou Tonner – MD
Chloe Clover – Creative Director
"We are completely stoked to have been selected for Pact Future30! This opportunity will really help Wander grow and enable us to explore new areas of our business. Being able to learn from those that have achieved incredible things in our industry and to have access to mentors who have walked in our shoes is invaluable to a company like ours as we scale up. It's gonna be sick!"