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#97: Nia Childs, Creative Producer, Curator & Filmmaker

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My guest this week is a wonderful woman and friend: Nia Childs. 

Nia is a freelance creative producer and curator working in both the fiction and documentary space. She’s produced, curated and programmed projects for Doc Society, BAFTA, Sheffield Doc/Fest, the London Short Film Festival and The Roundhouse. More recently, she has begun to write and direct her own films, with her debut short The Other End premiering at the BFI London Film Festival earlier this year.

We spoke about a myriad of things, including managing your finances as a freelancer, making a short film in lockdown, crowdfunding and finding a producer. We also touch on storytelling about crime, climate and class and why people should watch more short films. As well how Nia overcame anxiety around bad on-set experiences to create a fun and safe atmosphere on her own set.

I want to thank Nia for her candour about her finances and some of her fears about her transition to filmmaking. I genuinely think it’s going to be a crucial listen for any fellow freelance creatives.