…working on a broad cross-section of projects - ranging from low budget features to studio level projects… Footprint Films began in 1994 with the coming together of graduating film school students Mark Blaney, Simon Beaufoy and Bille Eltringham and record producer Juliet Wills. A series of short films, Linger (1995 Footprint, Channel 4), Yellow (1996 Channel 4, BFI) and Closer (1997 BBC Films, Film Four) laid the foundation stone towards feature production.
1998 marked Footprint's first cinema feature, The Darkest Light (Pathé, BBC Films, Studio Canal, Yorkshire Media), written by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, The Full Monty), co-directed by Simon and Bille Eltringham (The Long Firm, Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution) and produced by Mark Blaney.
…a passion for continuing to seek out new writers and directors through short film production…Subsequently the team produced the groundbreaking This is Not a Love Song (UK Film Council, Footprint), a DV/35mm feature which premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival and was released simultaneously in theatres and on-line, a world first in 2003. Mark also produced, amongst others, Fran Lea's much acclaimed, Everyone's Happy (Footprint, Yorkshire Media) and Kim Hopkins' Native American cop feature, Wanted (UK Film Council, A&E [USA], WDR [Germany], Soros Documentary Fund).
Building on the success of its 2010 feature, Africa United, and alongside a passion for continuing to seek out new writers and directors through short film production, Footprint now sees producers Mark Blaney and Jackie Sheppard working on a broad cross-section of projects - ranging from low budget features to studio level projects - based on a combination of true stories and drama fiction from the UK, South Africa, Rwanda, Hong Kong, Poland and the USA.