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Film Network Member

Richard Penfold



Richard Penfold and Sam Hearn began their creative collaboration in 1995 at The International Film School, Wales where they realised a shared creative attitude and passion for storytelling.

Following graduation they continued to work together on evenings and weekends producing music videos, title sequences, motion graphics and short films before co-establishing creative agency Omni Productions in Bristol, May 2002.

Rachel Drummond-Hay joined the team in 2005 following a successful career of producing short films for UK Film Council and SW Screen funded schemes.

Together the team have steadily built a reputation for producing emotionally engaging short films and dramas, winning most recently 1st Place the 2008 International TCM Classic Shorts competition, the prestigious UK Film Council Audience Award, The SWScreen Audience Award, the ITV West Award three times over, Best Drama at Propeller TV’s ShortFest 08 and three International Visual Communication Awards for best drama, script and music. As a result they have received considerable recognition in programmes such as BBC's Film series with Jonathan Ross and column inches on up and coming talent in The New York Times, Screen International and The Guardian.

Significantly, in addition to their recent win at TCM with their powerful drama ‘Leaving’, their first short film ‘Dog Years’ has been acknowledged by the BFI as a short film of note alongside the first works of Ridley Scott, Shane Meadows and Ken Russell in their definitive guide to Britain’s film and TV history; Screen Online.

First Prize - LEAVING, TCM Classic Shorts 2008
ITV West Award - LEAVING, Encounters 2008
SWScreen Audience Award - LEAVING, Encounters 2008
Best Drama - INDIANS, Propeller TV’s ShortFest 2008
IVCA Gold, Best Drama THE OVERDOSE NOTES, IVCA Awards 2007
IVCA Gold, Best Script – THE OVERDOSE NOTES, IVCA Awards 2007
IVCA Bronze, Best Music – THE OVERDOSE NOTES, IVCA Awards 2007
ITV West Award for Outstanding Talent - INDIANS, Brief Encounters 2005
UK Film Council Audience Award – DOG YEARS, Brief Encounters 2004
ITV West Award for Outstanding Talent – DOG YEARS, Brief Encounters 2004
Shell Live Wire Young Entrepreneur of the Year - OMNI, Regional Winners 2003

Filmography (Drama)
2008 Leaving 2007 The Overdose Notes 2005 Indians
2006 Dog Years 2 2006 Protecting Jayne 2004 Dog Years

Project Development

Omni Productions are currently developing their first feature project.


Stanley Kubrick, Saul Bass , Alan Parker, Pablo Ferro, Gottfried Helnwein, Bill Hicks, Alan Bennett, Anthony Minghella, Gus Van Sant, Ang Lee, Peter Weir, Jonathan Glazer, Chris Cunningham, Matt Groening and T.Herman Zweibel.

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