My name is Valentina.
I am a film fanatic, documentary director/producer and student.
I am currently completing my postgraduate degree (MA) at UCL’s Anthropology Department in Ethnographic and Documentary Film. Prior to this I attended the University of York and graduated in 2016 (2:1 BSc Film and Television Production).
Documentary is my field of interest because in my opinion, non-fiction storytelling is the best way to inspire and educate people en mass and to create records of the time we live in for future generations.
After completing my GCSEs, I decided to specialise in film production as one of the first group of students studying Broadcast at the Birmingham Ormiston Academy (2011-2013). It was during this time that I set up this blog as part of my studies. Outside of my academic work, I helped establish BOA TV. We produced corporate promotional videos for the likes of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, The Millennium Point Trust, The Library of Birmingham Trust and Birmingham City Football Club. I was also awarded the Principal’s Award for Student of the Year for my academic and extracurricular achievements.
During my time at university, I chose modules which focused on non-fiction storytelling, including producing two short documentaries as part of my studies. My second year documentary titled ‘EXit’ was an experiment in form. I used an exit interview as a vehicle to explore the demise of romantic relationships by conducting exit interviews with my own previous partners.
In my final year, I directed a short documentary about the UK drag king scene titled ‘Drag Kings’ which premiered exclusively on Europe’s only mainstream lesbian magazine, DIVA’s website. We are now reworking for festival submissions. The film explores the experiences of female and non-binary performers who embody masculinity on stage.
Over the last 5 years, alongside my academic studies, I have invested time in to getting work experience in the industry. My experience includes working with Mentorn Scotland on ‘The Big Questions’ for the BBC, The Royal Shakespeare Company for live broadcasts of Othello (2015) and Hamlet (2016), Creative England and BFI Network funded short film ‘TRIGGA’, the Guild of Television Cameramen/women and BBC Look North. I also spent three months of summer 2015 in New York working for non-fiction storytelling house Corra Films alongside volunteering for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.