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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.

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 film and video co-ordinator at Watershed Media Centre, and 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.


MA Film Course Leader


Walking Away with the Music (1988), an examination of world music commissioned by the Arts Council.
Celebration (1989), a documentary of the St Pauls Carnival.
Anti Poll Tax Demonstration (1989), a documentary on the opposition to the poll tax.
Loot (1993), an experimental film for HTV.
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.
Circling the City (1996), a documentary on Asian Taxi Drivers for HTV.
New Blood (1997), a documentary about a family with Thalassemia, for BBC 2 United Kingdom! series.
4 Aunties, One Uncle and Me (1997), a documentary on the Sweet Mart family for HTV.
Escape to Somerset (1997), his television drama for HTV/South West Media Development Agency.
See Red (1998), A C4/BFI new directors film, selected in competition at Locarno Film Festival, screened at Claremont Ferrand Film Festival and other festivals world-wide.
The Changing of the Light (1998), a cinema documentary about the automation of lighthouses for the South West Media Development Agency.
Kumbh Mela: Nell’s Story, a documentary about the Kumbh Mela for Channel 4 (2004).
Nice Beaches: 2009, screened at Cornwall Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival Bristol, Seaside Shorts Festival Portsmouth, Chapter Arts Centre.
The Wake (2011), a short film for the Bristol Old Vic.
Up & Down (2012), a short film for the Bristol Old Vic.

He has also been a camera/director on a number of television documentaries including The Princess’s People (1997) for BBC 2, The Wicked Weekend (1999) and The Long Weekend for Channel 4 (1999).

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; Arts Council England; Walking Away with the Music
1989; South West Arts; Celebration
1992; South West Arts; Development of work
1993; HTV/South West Arts; Loot
1993; British Film Institute/South West Arts/Avese 92; Darwish
1996; South West Media Development Agency; The Changing of The Light
1997; British Film Institute/Channel 4; See Red
1998; South West Media Development Agency/HTV; Escape to Somerset
2002; UK Film Council/North West Vision/BBC Film; Undercurrents (feature film)
2008; University of Wales/Screen Academy Wales; Nice Beaches

Degree Examiner Appointments

2012-2016 External Examiner BA Media Arts, University of Plymouth

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