Barbara Santi is an award-winning director/producer/DOP/editor having made documentaries for Channel 4 and Carlton TV and shown work on FourDocs, Current TV, The Community Channel, art galleries/museums, local cinemas, conferences, film festival platforms and extensively toured films in rural settings.
At the heart of Barbara’s work is the raising of under-represented voices through film. She’s made creative documentaries on diverse subjects as rural issues, youth culture, archive film, local heritage/history, human rights, disability, farming, globalization and the environment. Her practice has developed and evolved to push the boundaries of collaboration and authorship. Barbara is passionate about archive film.
In 2020 Barbara was one of 10 female entrepreneurs in the UK selected to take part in Creative England’s Female Founders Scale Up programme, an eight-month dedicated and prestigious scheme for ambitious female founders of screen-based companies. Barbara has recently had funding from the BFI Young Audiences Content Development Fund to develop her new feature documentary, Protest. In 2023 she received a Creativity Awen Award and Certificate of Recognition from the Gorsedh Kernow awards, which honors excellence in work that sustains the Celtic spirit of Cornwall in creativity and for community.
Barbara is founder member of awen productions CIC, an award-winning media production social enterprise based in West Cornwall, having gained regional, national and international recognition producing films and digital media.