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s Intelli- gent, hardworking and all-round fabulous, Sheila Nortley is an internationally acclaimed award-winning indie film producer and writer who producedher first short film Eddie’s Bar back in 2003. Whilst studying for her de- gree in Media &Communications in 2006 at Brunel University she launched a production company, which specialised inmusic video production, documentary and short films. This led to her producing the neo-noir shortfilm The Hydra which scooped Best Film at the BFM awards at the British Film Institute in 2009.She went on to work for Ameen Dream Entertainment and several oth- er production companies, where she wrote and produced several award-winning productions including Zion, Victim andfeature film David is Dying. In November 2011 Sheila received a nomination for a BYA Award forher accomplishments in film at that point. Her film Zion, a highly an- ticipated love story, premieredthe following month at The Ritzy in Brixton, meeting a warm reception and superb re- FILM PRODUCER, views. The film went on to WRITER win Best Film and AND ALL ROUND Best Screen- play at SHEILA NORTLEY the Spar- tan Lens, Film PHOTOGRAPHY BY Festival in Norfolk,- MCM LONDON Virginia. That spring she MAKE UP launched a drama school Kingdom KHADIJA RAHMAN School of Arts in April 2012 toprovide STYLING BY classical drama training with top RADA and DULCE BY SAFIYYA LAMDA tutors to a demographic she felt didnot have access to such resources. Though she is no longer involved in the drama school now it isstill running and thriving in the heart of Camden. Determined to reach a wider audience, Sheila collaborated with a young director named Sebastian Thiel to release a short film called Illegal Activity – it was a reading campaign witha difference which played on the discourse of stereotypical urban films to challengepreconceptions and engage youth. The film screened at War- ner Bros, Google Headquarters andBAFTA before launching online and going viral. In 2013, Sheila made her acting debut in featurefilm Sable Fable for which she was also Associate Producer. The movie direct- ed by Stephen LloydJackson premiered at the prestigious ABFF festival in Miami, Florida where Spike Lee announcedthat it had won Best Film and Best Director. That year also saw the completion of her first TVPilot The Char- latans, directed by international film and television star Ashley Walters.