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Academy Films Ltd
16 West Central Street
London
WC1A 1JJ

About

Academy is a production home for creative talent. Art, music, film, photography and advertising runs in our blood, and creativity is at the heart of everything we do.

We have spent 35 years developing film making talent, picking up awards across all platforms and working with some of the biggest brands, most exciting artists and brightest creative minds in the world.  In a constantly evolving industry, we are as comfortable working directly with broadcasters, marketers and brands as with traditional advertising agencies, and understand the need to make our output as effective as it is engaging.

Founded in 1985 by Lizie Gower, Academy’s guiding philosophy has always been to nurture and develop emerging young talent and this approach has led to our unrivalled reputation for launching stars of the future. Directors Jonathan Glazer, Martin De Thurah, Seb Edwards, Frederic Planchon, Si & Ad and Us all signed to Academy at the beginning of their careers and continue to shoot ground breaking and award winning work.

In 1999 Academy produced what is widely regarded as the best commercial ever made – ‘Surfer’ for Guinness. The film won two D&AD Black Pencils and ‘Commercial of the Year’ at almost every award show. The Times voted ‘Surfer’ as The Most Iconic Ad of all time and the film continues to top ad polls inside and outside the industry.

In 2014 and 2016 Academy was named Production Company of the Year by Campaign Magazine.  In 2019 we launched our photography department, and were awarded D&AD Production Company of the Year. 

We have produced some of the best loved music videos of all time including ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ and ‘Virtual Insanity’, as well as films for the Beyonce, James Blake, David Bowie, Jay-Z, Madonna, Massive Attack, Frank Ocean, The Prodigy, Radiohead, Kanye West, Jack White and many others.

With feature films, TV and art projects in development, Academy continues to pursue the most challenging and rewarding creative opportunities for our roster of world renowned directors and photographers.

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Lionel Messi’s next 90 minutes on the pitch could define the career of the game’s most gifted player. More than ever, Argentina need their talisman to step up. This is Gatorade, directed by Novemba instagram.com/reel/ClWTyBOKb…
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BLUETITS is the documentary short and directing debut from celebrated Cornish photographer Katie Burdon. The film follows founder Sian Richardson and early members of the beloved swimming group BlueTits, a now 100,000 strong organisation. https://t.co/9f4SgR0zx8
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High Five: Favourites from a Gen X Creative

High Five: Favourites from a Gen X Creative

From compellingly lickable Tootsie Pops to people whistling on horseback, ECD at Dotted Line, Jonathan Goldberg, reflects on an eclectic array of campaigns that gave him a perfect punch of nostalgia

From Masterclass to Managing Director: 7 Stories of Production Success

From Masterclass to Managing Director: 7 Stories of Production Success

Seven MDs of renowned UK production companies reflect on how the APA course laid the foundations for their careers

High Five: A Desert Island Discs of UK Adland

High Five: A Desert Island Discs of UK Adland

Jon Chads, executive producer at Stink Films London, shares some of the work from the UK that he returns to when looking for inspiration

Pharrell and Little Simz Win Big at the UK Music Video Awards

Pharrell and Little Simz Win Big at the UK Music Video Awards

Pharrell’s ‘Cash In Cash Out’ wins four awards including Video Of The Year and Little Simz takes home three, as Tanu Muino wins Best Director for second year running

High Five: Storytelling That Resonates

High Five: Storytelling That Resonates

Focusing on ads with incredible execution of discovery and escapism, senior art director at Ogilvy, Anthony Dziworshie, shares some of his all-time favourites

Making the Pared-Back Charity Campaign that Brought Ben Priest Back to Advertising

Making the Pared-Back Charity Campaign that Brought Ben Priest Back to Advertising

After four years out of the industry, adam&eve founder Ben Priest has created a campaign for an anti-slavery coalition of charities – he and Academy Films director Billy Boyd Cape tell LBB’s Alex Reeves what went into the stark films about human trafficking