Before moving to London, Valentina lived in Italy where she studied film theory and production and worked as a programmer at Milano Film Festival. She joined The Bureau Film Company in 2006 firstly as a Producer's assistant, and gained a versatile filmmaking experience. She worked on the production of Asif Kapadia's Far North and on the postproduction of Glue by Alexis Dos Santos. She was Assistant producer on Alexis' second film Unmade Beds, and produced shorts such as Save our bacon by Peter Baynton (EIFF, Brief Encounters), Random Strangers by Alexis Dos Santos (Sundance, SXSW ) and The Ringer by Bafta Nominated Chris Shepherd (in postproduction).
Since 2010 she has been managing the development training program SAVE OUR SCRIPTS, through which she developed projects with a wide variety of emerging writing talent.
Having refined her taste and editorial skills whilst working on SOS, Valentina went on to be selected in "Sources 2 Projects & Process - Training Mentors for European Screenwriters" in 2011 and by the "Rotterdam Producers' Lab" in 2012.
In 2011 her interest in new talent also led her and Tristan Goligher to set up the short film scheme Collabor8te with Rankin Film Production. Valentina is a member of the selection panel and is a script editor on the selected projects.
From 2013, in additon to directing SOS, Valentina is responsible for talent tracking and project development at The Bureau.
Programme Creator and Mentor
After studying Law and Politics at the University of Nottingham Tristan spent anumber of years working as an Assistant Director before moving into development on a number of UK Film Council new talent schemes. In 2008 Tristan joined the production company The Bureau asthe Development Executive on the prestigious Cinema Extreme Scheme.In 2010 Tristan and The Bureau Film Company, founded SOS, which is a European widedevelopment lab for writers and producers.
Tristan’s first producer credit was on BAFTA nominated director, Martin Radich’s debut feature film Crack Willow. In 2010 he co-produced Late Bloomers written and directed by Julie Gavras, The film starred William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini which premiered at Berlinale 2011. In the same year he produced Andrew Haigh’s Weekend, which premiered at SXSW 2011 winning the Emerging Visions Audience Award. Weekend has won numerous awards including Best Achievement in Production at the BIFAs 2011. In 2012 he co-produced Costa Gavras’ Le Capital, which premiered at TIFF 2012.
Tristan is currently the Executive Producer on the development and production initiative iFeatures 2, which is supported by Creative England, BBC, BFI FIlm Fund, and Skillset Film Skills Fund.
Matthieu de Braconier
Before producing from The Bureau philosophy graduate Matthieu de Braconier d'Alphen has worked his way through the roles of producer's PA, shorts programmer, production coordinator and development executive. He managed and executive produced the "Cinema Extreme" short film scheme funded by the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund and Film4 that ran from 2002 until 2010. In collaboration with its financiers and the support of Skillset, Matthieu built it out to include script development and training support from script to screen for it's writers, directors and producers.
Matthieu presently produces and co-writes on projects he has set up in collaboration with exciting writer-directors. He is currently producing and co-writing The Parrot, a Film4 commission to be directed by Rupert Jones.