About Joanna Beard

Joanna Beard

THE LEVELS – a contemporary western set in the heart of the Somerset Levels – A feature film looking for investment.



Producing independent film drama over the last 3 years on limited to none-existent budgets, Joanna is eager to learn and develop skills in film budgeting and fund-raising. Joanna prides herself on being able to produce high quality drama at low cost through negotiation and maintenance of strong collaborative relationships. However, with several short films under her belt in both producing and directorial roles she is currently looking to develop her first feature. As well as knowledge and advice on film financing she is eager to gain career advice. Having taken the oft-said rockier road of independent film, Joanna is open to guidance on where she should be heading next. Should she still be focussing on shorts? Are film festival entries as vital and profile-raising as they used to be or should she be focussing her distribution efforts online? Joanna would also welcome the opportunity to share her own knowledge with like-minded individuals and form new collaborative relationships where possible. If she’s learned nothing else, she has learnt that the more people you befriend in this business, the more likely you are to succeed.

Website: www.joannabeard.co.uk
Twitter: @joeybeard

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Black Car Home Private Screening Invitation

Greetings Fellow FilmWorks Graduates, As some of you already know, I produced a short film in February entitled ‘Black Car Home’ for Stroud based production company Arturi Films, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker David Pearson. You can view the trailer and find out more about the film at www.blackcarhome.com We are hosting a private screening of the film at the Watershed on Sunday 12th May at 11.30am and I am delighted to invite you … Continue reading

Once Upon a Screening…

Happy New Year FWs (we never really came up with an appropriate name for ourselves did we? I don’t think this is it either) Anyway, late night ramble over – I’m really posting a partly shameless plug (nudged kindly by Julie at the Silent Comedy Gala on Friday – AMAZING by the way – anyone else go?) Sorry… I said I was done rambling. I’ve been editing for HOURS. Tomorrow night, CineMe is screening a … Continue reading

“The director ate my homework…”

… well almost. My University peers didn’t call me Hermione for nothing. However, I’ve struggled more than I imagined I would with the mood-reel homework as a producer. Although I know my projects backwards, it simply didn’t feel right producing a reel on behalf of my directors who will ultimately control the look and feel of the two films. Even at the initial FilmWorks session it was clear that both directors Katarzyna Klimkiewicz and Peter Lord had … Continue reading

Life’s a Pitch

A part of me feels there’s been more than enough commentary on the inaugural FilmWorks event itself so I thought I would focus on the dreaded subject of pitching – the crucial part of the development process and the focus of our first FilmWorks session.  I’m positive there was a collective sigh of relief from all those successful in getting a place on the scheme after the knee-wobbling, head-spinning and somewhat sweaty experience of pitching … Continue reading