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Rebecca Manley


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In 2020 my debut live action drama 'Of Thread and Almonds' won Best Drama at Bristol Independent Film Festival. In 2021 it won both the Heart Award and the Audience Award for Favourite Short Film at Cambria Film Festival California. The short also screened at BAFTA and Academy Award qualifying festivals internationally. It is now streaming on esteemed online platform Omeleto.

I grew up in the middle of nowhere in the English countryside, an excellent training ground for the hermit-like existence of an animation director and writer. Moving forwards, I want to direct hybrid live-action/ animation long form work. And after having my son in 2019 I am determined to focus on telling stories that empower women and girls.

My films have been voiced by Ewan McGregor, Nicholas Hoult, Victoria Yeates and Davina Moon. They have also picked up various awards over the years including a Vimeo Staff Pick, Best Animated Short Film at Kino Fest and the DepicT! Audience Award at Encounters and screened at prestigious venues such as The National Gallery London, Grauman's Chinese Theatre LA and the Centre Pompidou Modern Art Museum in Paris.

I have been represented by renowned studio Aardman and production company Independent Films / Indy8 and alongside my shorts I have helmed and designed multiple commercial spots for some of the world’s top brands including Starbucks, Hersheys, Google, P&G, Sony, Kraft, and FIFA.

From 2013-2017 I served on the board of Directors UK. In 2022 I was selected as a mentee on Women In Film and TV's prestigious mentoring scheme, was made a Gold Judge on the Animation Jury at the Creative Circle Awards and sat on the jury for Best Director at the BAFTA CYP awards.