FOUNDER OF MISSING IN ACTION FILMS
With 27 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 feature film, LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD, a documentary with Tilda Swinton as the voice of Gertrude Bell, was the 2017 Winner, Focal International Award for Best Use of Footage in a History Feature, 2017 Winner, Pomegranate Award for Best Directors, New York Sephardic Film Festival, and the 2016 Winner, Audience Award, Beirut Film Festival.
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, and 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, training all over the world on subjects across the value chain from filmmaking to distribution/marketing. These organisations include the Stockholm Film Festival, Binger Filmlab, the British Council, Screen New South Wales, New Zealand Film Commission, Engage at Napier in Edinburgh, Hermes and Maia Training Courses for Fabula Film in Italy. Mia is the Director-at-large for Birds Eye View Films, and is currently running 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, in order to continue running its workshops, promotions and champion work by, for, and about women.
Mia is producing Sundance Film Festival London May 31 – June 3 2018
Simone has worked at Missing In Action Films (M.I.A) since 2007, and is right-hand woman, writer and story developer – the Yin to Mia’s Yang.
Simone co-wrote the short film, THE MUSE (starring Ben Whishaw) with Mia Bays, directed by fashion photographer, Tim Walker, which premiered at EIFF 2014, débuted on wearecolony.com VoD site, and played on the BBC iPlayer. It was nominated for best short at Danny Boyle’s Shuffle Film Fest (2015). Simone has also written short films: THE MAGIC PAINTBRUSH and THE MECHANICAL MAN OF THE MOON for Tim Walker.
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)
Simone is currently in development with a couple of shorts and features, including THE CONFIDENCE TRICK, an original Ealing-esque comedy, co-written with actor/writer/dir, Adrian Dunbar. It is in development with Northern Ireland Screen.
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.
Simone has been a reader for most of the regional screen agencies, and has been a regular reader for Film London’s Microwave scheme and London Calling. Simone is a member of the WGGB.