Sarah is a high energy, creative producer who enjoys taking on new challenges, producing both live action and animated work. No production too ambitious, she is inspired by films that tell great stories which engage and entertain an audience.
She has two RTS Awards and produced four feature length films, a 10 part CBC Arts series and 15 short films, as well as thousands of corporate and advertising productions.
She successfully produces live action and animation, and her films have screened at festivals worldwide including Annecy, San Francisco WIFF, Hamptons IIF, and Palm Springs. She has a British Animation Award, one win and two RTS Award nominations and multiple Audience Awards and Jury Awards for films she has produced.
Sarah was the Senior Producer at the Toronto creative & marketing agency, MediaFace inc for just under three years, creating award winning content for clients including BMO, CAA and Plan International. While at MediaFace her work picked up a platinum AVA Digital awards and two Telly Awards. She also developed and produced the first season of the award winning Bold(h)er podcast.
Sarah studied film & photography in Edinburgh followed by a BSc in Media Production (1:1) in Bradford, winning a Royal Television Society award for her work along the way.
Alongside building experience working on factual and factual entertainment programmes, including The X-Factor and Britain's Got Talent, Sarah founded her production company Shoot Productions in 2004, producing documentaries and short films alongside corporate and advertising projects.
Sarah produced This Way Up (Dir. Sarah Punshon) in 2008 as part of the UKFC Digital Shorts Scheme. The film premiered at Palm Springs ShortFest. Her next film Enough (Dir. Tor Kristoffersen) went on to win multiple international awards, including Encounters Depict! Grand Jury Prize and Special Jury Mention at Circuitto Venice. Her second collaboration with Tor, Soul Flowers, competed in Best of British at Encounters in November 2010.
When her shorts achieved international success on the festival circuits, and keen to bridge the gap between shorts and features, Sarah did a Masters degree in Producing at the British National Film and Television School, ranked the top film school in the world – expanding her network of contacts and working with the brightest film talent in the country. While at the NFTS Sarah was mentored by OSCAR, Emmy and BAFTA winning producers. Her animated short Buy Buy Baby (Dir. Gervais Merryweather) premiered at Annecy International Animation Festival, and her live action film All Men's Dead (penned by 1917's Krysty-Wilson Cairns and directed by David Simpson) was premiered at Rushes Soho Shorts Festival.
Between 2012 and 2015, Sarah Line Produced the award winning feature film Honeycomb Lodge (Dir: Lesley Manning) and Co-produced Containment, the National Film Award nominated indie thriller (Dir: Neil West) and the ambitious action thriller Alleycats (Dir: Ian Bonhote) staring Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark, Jack & The Giant Slayer) and John Hannah (The Mummy, Sliding Doors, Four Weddings and a Funeral). Sarah produced the three part PSA drama, Think Again! (Written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns, directed by Abbe Robinson) for charity The BLAST Project raising awareness about boys being groomed and sexually exploited.
Sarah has been a visiting tutor at the world leading NFTS twice, overseeing production slates of ambitious and highly demanding graduation films.
Sarah relocated to Toronto, Canada in April 2016, where she is continuing her career producing. Her first major production in Canada was with the Arts Collective Madeleine Co. producing the 10 part series This Art Works! for CBC - showcasing Canadian artists whose work deals in the complex terrain between art and social change.
Outside of producing, Sarah is also a trustee of The Vale of Pickering Research Trust, which surveys and conducts archaeological excavations around what was Lake Flixton in the Vale of Pickering (UK), including the world famous mesolithic site, Star Carr.
When not working, watching films or reading books, Sarah travels as much as she can, has a huge Aussie hip-hop collection and is a dab hand in the kitchen. She's also a runner, fierce boxer, hiker and moose whisperer.
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