Celine Haddad

Passion Pictures’ Head of Development, Céline Haddad and BBC Writers’ Room Development Producer,

Paul Ashton

Paul Ashton to lead new Talent Centres in Sheffield and Brighton.


Tuesday 27 August


CREATIVE ENGLAND and the BFI today announce two key appointments to enhance support for England-based emerging filmmaking talent.

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From September, Paul Ashton and Céline Haddad will lead on the creation of two Talent Centres in Sheffield and Brighton, run by Creative England, which will part of the BFI’s (British Film Institute’s) UK-wide talent network, announced last year in its Film Forever plan.

Each centre will serve as an entry point for outstanding emerging filmmaking talent from across England (including London), providing a clear ladder of progression from shorts to first features, with bespoke support for projects and skills development.

Both experienced development executives, Haddad moves across from her current role as Head of Development at Passion Pictures, and Ashton from his Development Producer position at BBC Writers Room.

Full details of the Talent Centres’ team and funding offer will be announced at the launch of the BFI’s Talent Network in late September.

Céline Haddad says:

“I am thrilled to join the Creative England team and delighted to be involved in such an ambitious partnership with the BFI Film Fund. The wealth of British talent never ceases to amaze me and I look forward to discovering and supporting the next generation of British filmmakers.”

Paul Ashton says:

“This is such an exciting time for emerging talent and this is a fantastic opportunity for me to be part of the team flying the flag for that talent. I can’t wait to get started.”

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