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Currently under-taking Mphil by Practice (University of Wales, Newport, 2014)
BA Hons Humanities, Manchester Metropolitan University 1982


Shafeeq Vellani is a writer/director and has made cinema shorts, television drama, television documentaries, and arts documentaries. He has completed his first commissioned screenplay, Undercurrents, for BBC Films, and is currently developing a feature film, Titanium Skin, scheduled to be shot Autumn 2013.

His films have been screened on network television, festivals world wide and art galleries. Shafeeq has collaborated with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School on film projects. Previously he worked as a script editor, reader and assessor for regional and national screen agencies including UK Film Council. He was the founder and director of Picture This Moving Image.


Film Screenings

Darwish (1994), which has been screened at festivals around the world, broadcast on UK television, distributed by Lux and is part of the BFI Film Poems programme.
See Red (1998), selected in competition at Locarno Film Festival, screened at Claremont Ferrand Film Festival and other festivals world-wide.
Escape to Somerset (1997), his television drama for HTV/South West Media Development Agency.
His documentary work as a director and producer includes Circling the City (1996) and 4 Aunties, One Uncle and Me for HTV (1997), New Blood (as part of the United Kingdom! series) for BBC2 (1998), Kumbh Mela: Nell’s Story, for Channel 4 (2005), The Changing of the Light (2001), a cinema documentary short for the South West Media Development Agency and Walking Away with the Music (1990), an examination of world music commissioned by the Arts Council. He has also been a camera/director on a number of television documentaries including The Wicked Weekend and The Long Weekend for Channel 4, and The Princess’s People for BBC2.
His most recent film, Nice beaches: 2008 -9 Cornwall Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival Bristol, Seaside Shorts Festival Portsmouth, Chapter Arts Centre
Public Engagement Activities and Esteem Indicators 1988-1991 South West Arts Film Production Panel
1992-1995 Chair of african and Asian Visual Arts Archive
1994-1997 Arts Council Film and Video Panel
1994-1997 Board Member Bristol Cultural development Partnership
2005-2007 Chair of Bristol Screenwriters
2008-2012 Committee Member Ffresh Film Festival


Expertise or Interest

Shafeeq’s main interest lies in British and European Cinema, with a specific interest in British asian Cinema. He is interested in narrative, directing of performance, representations of character and landscape, realist film making and screenwriting.


1988; £10,000 Arts Council England; Walking Away with the Music
1990-92; £8,000 South West arts; Development of work
1993; £10,000 HTV/South West Arts; Loot
1993; £20,000 British Film Institute/South West Arts; Darwish
1997; £45.000 British Film Institute/Channel 4; See Red
1998; £50,000 South West Media Development Agency/HTV; Escape to Somerset
2001-4; £15,000 UK Film Council/North West Vision/South West Screen; Undercurrents (feature film)
2008; £8,000; University of Wales/Screen Academy Wales; Nice Beaches

Degree Examiner Appointments

2012 – current: External Examiner BA Media Arts, University of Plymouth

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