FOUNDER OF MISSING IN ACTION FILMS
With 25 years in the film business, Mia Bays has produced an Oscar winner, received two BAFTA nominations including for the prestigious Carl Foreman award, and has worked all over the world as a creative producer, distribution and sales expert and workshop leader.
Her most recent documentary feature film, BACKSTREET BOYS – SHOW ‘EM WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF, released on over 1500 screens worldwide Jan/Feb 2015, and was No1 on I-Tunes in North America. Her first short film, SIX SHOOTER, written and directed by Martin McDonagh, won an Oscar and was BAFTA nominated. EX MEMORIA, written and directed by Josh Appignanesi, was nominated for a British Indie Film Award, and acclaimed BAFTA nominated feature documentary, SCOTT WALKER – 30 CENTURY MAN, directed by Stephen Kijak, was released by Verve in the UK, Madman in Australia and Oscilloscope in the US.
Mia has also acted as creative producer on the eight features from the acclaimed Film London / BBC Films Microwave scheme (inc SHIFTY, LILTING and ILL MANORS), several of which went on to garner multiple British Indie Film Awards and BAFTA Best Debut Awards.
Prior to producing, Mia worked in some of the top sales, marketing, distribution and exhibition companies in the UK, across both documentary and fiction. She sold, marketed and distributed over 40 features and has a strong understanding of the worldwide indie film scene.
Consultancy clients include: Film London, BFI, LFF, Digital Departures scheme, Skillset, the film TSOTSI (worldwide marketing/distribution strategy from edit to worldwide release), ONE MILE AWAY by Penny Woolcock, FIRE IN BABYLON for Passion Pics/Cowboy Films.
Mia runs UK and International workshops for bodies such as the London Film School, the UK Film Distributors Association, and trains all over the world on subjects across the value chain from filmmaking to distribution/marketing, for organisations such as the Serbian Film Commission, the Stockholm Film Festival, the Binger Lab, the British Council, Film London/BBC Films (Microwave), Screen New South Wales, New Zealand Film Commission, Engage at Napier in Edinburgh, Hermes and Maia Training Courses for Fabula Film in Italy and currently runs FILMONOMICS with support from Creative Skillset and the BFI.
Mia appears regularly on festival panels around the world such as Sundance London, Sheffield Doc Fest, London Film Fest, Edinburgh Film Festival, SPAA Fringe Producers Conference in Sydney, Havana Film Festival, to name a few. Mia is also a BAFTA and European Film Academy member, is on the BIFA advisory committee and recently has taken on the legacy of Birds Eye View Film Festival, in order to continue running its workshops, promotions and champion work by, for, and about women.
Simone has worked at Missing In Action Films (M.I.A) since 2007. Right-hand woman, writer and story developer. She is currently adapting Tom Holt’s cult fantasy novel, ‘EXPECTING SOMEONE TALLER’ into a six-part teleplay. Joe Dante to direct.
Simone has co-written THE CONFIDENCE TRICK, an original Ealing-esque comedy, with actor/writer/dir, Adrian Dunbar. It is in development with Northern Ireland Screen. Adrian Dunbar will direct.
Simone has also co-adapted Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel, T. TEMBAROM for M.I.A Films and Trademark Films, and co-wrote THE MUSE (starring Ben Whishaw) with Mia Bays, directed by fashion photographer, Tim Walker. The Muse premiered at EIFF 2014, débuted on wearecolony.com VoD site, played on the BBC iPlayer. It was nominated for best short at Danny Boyle’s Shuffle Film Fest (2015). Simone has written short films: THE MAGIC PAINTBRUSH and THE MECHANICAL MAN OF THE MOON for Tim Walker (available soon).
Simone’s earlier work includes: MONKEYS’ BLOOD, winner BBC Northern Ireland & NIFTC for Northern Lights. LOST & FOUND, short-listed for the Dennis Potter prize. GET STUFFED, showcased at TAPS, and episode 5 (Ghosts) of THE SECRET OF EEL ISLAND. Season 2 (Chan 5)
Prior to working at M.I.A Films, Simone worked for Arista Development, the training initiative of the EU’s Media II programme in which Pan-European writers, producers, directors and development executives gained both the theoretical knowledge and practical techniques vital to develop their stories. Simone is also a graduate of the programme.
Over the years Simone has been a reader for most of the regional screen agencies and has been a regular reader for Film London’s Microwave scheme since 2007, and London Calling, Film London’s short film funding scheme. Simone is a member of the WGGB.