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Academy Films Ltd
16 West Central Street
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.
Production Company of The Year 2011
Best Crafted Commercial of the Year 1999
Best Crafted Commercial of the Year 2003
Best Crafted Commercial of the Year 2005
Special D&AD Award as the 3rd Most Awarded Prod. Company of all time
20 x Kinsale Sharks (including the Palm D’Or 2010)
Work of the Week: 10/03/23
This week’s selection of work brings us spots from TedxAmsterdam, Coca-Cola, IndianOil, Heinz, McDonald’s Romania and many more, writes LBB’s Nisna Mahtani
Coca-Cola Celebrates Uplifting Refreshment with Striking Film Directed by Henry Scholfield
The global ‘Masterpiece’ campaign, produced by Academy Films, collates iconic artworks from Andy Warhol, JMW Turner and Johannes Vermeer and more
Heart-Breaking Short Film Depicts First Hand Horror Story of ‘Conversion Therapy’
The&Partnership and Academy Film team up with a collective of 21 LGBTQA+ charities including Stonewall to support calls for a full ban on ‘conversion therapy’
High Five: Claire Young
Girl&Bear's managing director whittles many down to a few in this selection of ad classics
Old El Paso’s Sizzling Spot Turns Friday into Fajita Friday
VCCP campaign encourages Brits to dine loud and proud with new ‘Sound of Connection’ launch
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