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Neil Thompson

Producer - Formosa Films
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Neil will be at the LSF looking for feature films in the thriller and comedy genres mainly but is always open to things that stretch these boundaries a little. Neil will be joined by Dana Blacklake who is an Assistant Producer at Formosa Films. She is responsible for finding new projects and anything going into development.

After graduating from PCL film school, Neil commenced his directing career in music videos for AWGO Productions who were based in London and Los Angeles. He then co-founded the Shooting Stars Production Company which went on to be one of the most prolific companies in the business.

He directed over one hundred and sixty music videos for all the major record companies, over fifty television commercials for some of the world’s leading brands, two award winning short films and worked as a producer/director in broadcast television. He was an elected member of the PACT council for four years and chaired the film group of the DGGB for five years.

Neil has a BA Hons in Film & Photographic Art, an Advanced Diploma in Screenwriting, was nominated twice for a Billboard award in Los Angeles, a European Film Award for best music video, a TAPS award as writer of the year and is represented by United Agents.

After setting up Formosa Films, he co-produced and directed the crime thriller CLUBBED by BAFTA winner Geoff Thompson. The film starred Colin Salmon (Resident Evil, The World is Not Enough, Alien V Predator), Mel Raido (In Our Name, Gemma Bovary, The Informers), and Maxine Peake (Shameless, See No Evil, The Village). The film was released theatrically in the UK and France in 2009. It has sold to more than 25 territories and was a best-selling DVD on week of release. The film was nominated for a BIFA and was a Best UK Film selection at the Dinard Festival, France.

He produced and co-directed TWENTY8K, a thriller written by BAFTA and EMMY winner Paul Abbott (State of Play, Shameless). The film starred Parminder Nagra (The Blacklist, ER, Bend it Like Beckham), Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones, The Hours, The Tunnel) and Kaya Scodelario, (Wuthering Heights, Pirates of the Carribean, The Maze Runner).  Sky acquired all TV rights and the film was released theatrically in the UK and US.

His current slate includes THE NAKED TRUTH, an edgy comedy, CONTAINED , a high octane, conspiracy thriller, UNSPOKEN, described as The Wicker Man set on a Greek Island and GUILTY, a Boston set, neo noir, psychological thriller. Formosa Films/Fat Pictures are also working on several international co-productions as a UK partner.

Neil was a guest of honour at the Producer’s Network during the Cannes Film Festival and was selected for TAP in 2012 where producers from Europe, Canada and the US are encouraged to work together as co-production partners. He regularly speaks on industry panels about UK film finance and in particular the current market for EIS/SEIS funding. He has also recently acted as consultant on several UK feature projects.

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