LEON CHAMBERS (Producer/Director)

Leon’s short films, including Stolen YouthThe Long Lonely Walk and Office Romance 2.0, have played at film festivals all over the world and won a number of awards. His last short film Lonely Hearts (written by Simon Lord) won Best Short Film at the Chicago United Film Festival 2013. The Long Lonely Walk (starring Jeremy Sheffield, Sylvia Syms and Tessa Peake-Jones) won the same award three years earlier, as well as winning Best Film Editing at the Grand Off Film Awards in Poland, along with three other awards. His films have screened at major festivals including Palm Springs ShortFest, Raindance, Newport Beach, AFI Dallas and the San Diego Film Festival. Office Romance 2.0 (a comedy short about a woman’s affections for an unlikely work colleague) screened at the prestigious Short Shorts and Asia in Japan and was then offered exclusive distribution in Japan. Leon produces and directs audio recordings for a number of major publishers, having previously worked as a sound engineer specializing in radio drama. He has recorded over 300 hours of radio drama for the BBC, including several Sony Award winners.

SIMON LORD (Screenwriter)

After wrapping on Above the Clouds, 2016 also saw cameras roll on Simon’s feature drama Jellyfish. He is currently in development with producer Peter Ettedgui (Kinky BootsListen to Me Marlon) on feature project Bartek and the Duke, which was previously selected for Edinburgh Film Festival’s Talent Lab 2015 and for the Connections mentoring scheme run by Kate Leys. Simon’s short films include Two Dancers (starring Carl Barât of the Libertines), Lonely Hearts (directed by Leon Chambers) and Barry Glitter (produced through the NFTS), and have played at major film festivals including LSFF, East End Film Festival, St Louis and Cleveland. Simon grew up in Paris and studied English Literature at Oxford, and currently lives in London with a Viking and a dog.