About us

Still taken from 'A world of our own', short film 2014
Still taken from 'A world of our own', short film 2014

 

awen is an award winning media production social enterprise set up in 2006 and based in West Cornwall.  Our work inspires and empowers communities by telling their stories in a variety of digital formats.  We exhibit and distribute our work in galleries, museums, festivals, The Community Channel, village halls, on-line and DVDs. 

The ethos at the heart of awen productions is the creative use of digital media – film, photography, web and cultural heritage apps – as tools for positive social change.  Our productions grow out of long-term relationships with our communities using integrated, participatory approaches.

awen has gained regional, national and international recognition producing films and digital media on subjects as diverse as rural issues, archive, local heritage/history, human rights, youth culture, farming, globalisation and the environment.

We believe that our approach helps sustain essential links between people, communities and their ever-changing environment.  As a “Community Interest Company” (CIC) we operate a “more-than-profit” ethos, which means all profits are routed back into community projects we’re developing.

awen is currently developing a slate of projects with our recently joined associates who bring with them a broad range of skills and experience.

The Team

Barbara Santi

Director

Barbara Santi

Barbara is a documentary director / producer with astute fundraising skills. She is a founder director of awen productions with over 20 years of professional media experience and rural community participation....read more

Nick Harpley

Director

Nick

Nick is a filmmaker and artist. He is founder director of awen productions with over 20 years experience of working with new technology and digital / web based applications. He brings graphic design and motion graphic design skills to the team.

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Lou Brett

Director

Lou is our new director at awen.  She is a visual artist, film-maker and arts manager working with a wide range of arts organisations supporting film production, inclusive arts, cultural exchange and public art projects....read more

Jane Bailey

Associate

Jane Bailey is a contemporary artist, interdisciplinary researcher and educator. Jane’s art practice explores connections between people and their lived environments, employing participation and collaboration as key modes of working. Her art work has included commissions from ProjectBase and PVA MediaLab, plus funding awards from Arts Council England...read more

Martha Dixon

Associate

Martha Dixon

Martha is a BBC TV and radio journalist with 20 years experience in news and documentaries, working in countries such as Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Russia and Kenya. She is also a  journalism and communications trainer, working in post conflict situations and emerging democracies as part of aid response missions....read more

Beth Copley

Associate

Beth is a secondary school classroom teacher and an independent film project manager. She has a track record in producing successful film-related projects for young people some of which have been funded by First Light Movies, South West Screen and Arts Council England for participants within and outside school settings in total benefiting more than 400 participants.

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