Every recipient of a PIAPRESSURE award, or 'Peers' (see what we did there?), will have a say in selecting and helping those who receive future Pia Pressure awards. In doing so, we put the power to help filmmakers in the hands of fellow film makers.
Pia Getty is an award winning filmmaker, raconteur, businesswoman, mother of four, supporter of the creative arts, AND THE FOUNDER OF PIAPRESSURE.
As a filmmaker Pia’s debut as writer and documentary maker was 2009’s CHINA POWER, winner of Best HD Documentary Feature.
Again in the role of writer/director she followed this up with 2012’s acclaimed documentary AXIS OF LIGHT. AXIS played festivals world wide, winning best feature at Madrid and Houston Film Festivals as well as receiving the UNAFF / Stanford Award.
Pia has a particular interest women’s ontology and the evolution of the female identity across history. Her own filmmaking projects include an exciting a range of fictional and nonfictional films slated for release in 2017 and beyond.
Deeply passionate about finding the next generation of filmmakers and finding original voices that may not fit into the studio system, Pia set up PiaPressure in 2015.
PiaPressure will act both as a film and television production company but also as a development hotbed nurturing the most original of emerging talent, female filmmakers and filmmakers from under represented backgrounds.
JOHNNY KENTON - WRITER / DIRECTOR
Johnny Kenton is an award winning director and writer raised in the Highlands and Hackney.
He is the very first filmmaker to receive a PiaPressure Award and will be part of the team that leads the selection and development panels for the next round of award winners.
Johnny started out his career as a musician which led to him making experimental films and music videos for many bands on labels including XL Recordings, Columbia and Universal. He also cut his teeth directing theatre and interactive and immersive experiences, making works for The Underbelly, The Vaults and National Theatre Studio, as well as devising space specific and multimedia work such as the award winning multimedia piece Doorslam.
In 2013 Johnny wrote and directed HEREAFTER a cult YA scifi pilot released through Channelflip starring Lydia Wilson (ABOUT TIME / STAR TREK BEYOND) , Taron Egerton (KINGSMEN THE SECRET SERVICE) and Anthony Head (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER). HEREAFTER was awarded Best Drama at the New York Television Festival 2015.
Johnny is currently a David Lean Scholar at the National Film and Television School and his films have been played at festivals worldwide including Raindance, New York, Berlin, Clermand Ferraud and LSFF. He is already being hotly tipped as one to watch for the future following his acclaimed multi media productions, award winning shorts and arresting ad campaigns for the likes of Samsung.
Johnny Kenton was chosen as a PiaPressure award winner for his eye popping directing style and his deeply emotive cinematic story telling.
He is currently developing sci-fi MY BODY ELECTRIC with writer Melissa Iqbal and fantasy drama THE THIRD RAIL.
DEBS PATERSON - WRITER / DIRECTOR
Debs Paterson is an award-winning British filmmaker with white skin but Indian, African and Chinese heritage. Her first feature AFRICA UNITED was produced by Pathe and BBC films and recieved a standing ovation at a sold out Toronto premiere. AFRICA UNITED was a red carpet gala at the London film festival, before releasing wide in the UK and overseas. Debs was honoured with a best debut directing BIFA nomination and inclusion as one of BAFTA's Brits to Watch the following year.
Debs is passionate about getting under-represented characters and narratives on the big screen. She has lived, traveled and studied extensively - ranging from doing her schooling at a comprehensive in North Yorkshire to A levels in south India, then presenting sports highlights on Singaporean TV, directing award-winning dramatic short films in Rwanda and India, and most recently studying for a diploma in Meisner technique at the Cuba International Film school.
As a screenwriter, Debs has worked on projects as diverse as an adaptation of a literary classic reset between modern day America and Africa, a European drama about a wartime art forger, and a UK political thriller based on real events. As a Cambridge literary graduate, Debs fuses a strong classical understanding with her fascination with an Internet-disrupted global audience. A survivor of a brutal car accident in 2003, Debs also has a keen interest in faith and post-traumatic psychology. Debs is massively proud to be one of the first PiaPressure awardees with her new female-driven writer/director project, currently titled THIN AIR.
Rachna is a British director working in the UK and US across film, broadcast and commercials, and a Screen International previous Screen Star of Tomorrow.
After working on the Oscar-nominated Children of Men, Rachna branched out into directing online programmes for broadcasters. She directed bite, the first online-only ad-funded entertainment show - for Channel 4 and Ford, which won the 2008 AOP and IMA Awards. She also worked on Channel 4’s pioneering early digital commission, thisisaknife and directed digital content for bbc.co.uk and itv.com. She worked across diverse campaigns including Google Chrome and YouTube Play and documentary series on Female Genital Mutilation and Street Soccer.
Her short live-action film, Our Lad, supported by Channel 4, was part of the Official Selection at festivals including Seattle International Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Encounters, LA Shortsfest, London Short Film Festival, Underwire Film Festival (Special Mention, Best Director) and the BFI London Film Festival.
In 2015, Rachna was selected from over 500 emerging directors by the BBC to direct the dark comedy, Playing Ball, written by Selina Lim, as part of the second series of Original Drama Shorts for BBC3 / iPlayer. She has been selected for a number of talent labs including Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School, BFI NET.WORK @LFF and Think Shoot Distribute and was named a Screen International Star of Tomorrow in 2015.
Rachna brings a unique take to fiction filmmaking from her diverse storytelling background – a mix of documentary, theatre, animation and alternate reality games – and is interested in exploring complex themes through personal stories, across genres. Pia Pressure are please to support Rachna’s thriller feature film, 30 Years of Hurt, written by Paddy Campbell.
Sam Washington started his writing and directing career in commercials and is widely regarded as a leading talent in the industry. His recent work with comedian Ricky Gervais received global recognition, winning numerous international awards including advertising’s highest honour - a Cannes Lion, and was referred to by Google as “the most successful piece of branded content we’ve seen.” Sam’s short film credits include Lost & Found, Lab Rats and Shooting Earth, which have won multiple Best Film, Best Director and Audience Choice awards at film festivals around the world, including the highly regarded Palm Springs Shortfest Audience Choice Award.
Sam has received his PIA PRESSURE AWARD to direct a proof-of-concept short film for a feature that Sam has co-written with Noel Clarke, being produced by Unstoppable Entertainment. PIA PRESSURE are proud to collaborate with Sam and Unstoppable on this exciting new project.
Stephanie is an award winning writer/director/producer.
Pia Pressure are proud to support Stephanie’s latest short film, BEING KEEGAN, which is currently in post-production and stars BAFTA nominated Stephen Graham (This Is England, Taboo, Boardwalk Empire, Pirates of The Caribbean). It has garnered in-kind support of BAFTA and OSCAR winning post-production teams at Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post, Company 3 and Rushes as well as the Danish Decibel Arts Fund award. BEING KEEGAN’s trailer was released to astounding success with over 5,300 views, securing additional completion funds from TEMPLEHEART FILMS as well as being selected by AWARDEO and FILM SHORTAGE for trailer and campaign of the week, INDIEWIRE’s Project of The Week and shortlisted for the SCREENCRAFT Short Production Award.
Zoe Cunningham is an actor and producer. She trained with RADA, The Actors Centre and the salon:collective. She has produced and performed in various theatre productions including one-woman shows at the Tristan Bates Theatre and the Pleasance Theatre. Zoe produced her first short film, Symptoms, in 2016. Symptoms has (to date!) been selected for eight international film festivals and has won three awards.
Zoe is scheduled to begin shooting a Pilot for her next PIA PRESSURE funded project ‘Z LIST’.