Photo credit: Jo Irvine

Photo credit: Jo Irvine

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Lindsey Dryden is an award-winning Producer, Director and Executive Producer, and an Emmy® nominee. 

Her directing credits include feature documentary Lost and Sound (SXSW, 2012), short Close Your Eyes And Look At Me (True/False, 2009) and Jackie Kay: One Person Two Names (commissioned for Tate Britain’s Queer British Art 2017). She has produced 3-part documentary series Trans In America with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) which won two Webby awards and was Emmy® nominated; was the producer with Jennifer Brea of Sundance award-winning feature documentary Unrest (2017), which was broadcast on PBS and Netflix after a groundbreaking creative distribution campaign and theatrical release in the US and UK; and short doc Little Ones (dir: Joanna Coates, 2013) for which she was nominated Underwire Best Producer. She co-produced Sheffield Doc/Fest award-winning Unrest VR (2017) with Jennifer Brea, Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe and Grégoire Parain. Having worked as an Impact Producer earlier in her career, she is a passionate advocate for creative bespoke distribution and finding new ways to engage with audiences; she crafted the innovative distribution strategy for Unrest, and has worked on impact campaigns for films including Angels & Ghosts (Sara Kenney) and The Man Whose Mind Exploded (Toby Amies). 

Lindsey’s work has screened at 50+ festivals including SXSW, Sundance, Tribeca, HotDocs, True/False, Sheffield Doc/Fest, MIFF, CPH:DOX and Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Art Of The Real, has been released theatrically in the UK and US, exhibited at Tate Britain and Modern, streamed on, featured in Elle, and broadcast on Netflix, PBS, BBC and Channel 4.

Nominated Best New UK Filmmaker (London Open City Docs) and Best Female-Directed Film (Sheffield Doc/Fest) for Lost and Sound, Lindsey is a proud founding member of Queer Producers Collective, a frequent guest speaker, juror, story consultant and mentor, a recent Filmmaker-In-Residence at Jacob Burns Film Center in NY, and an artist-in-residence at Somerset House Studios, where her practice focused on intimate and unexpected stories around the human body. 

She is a Fellow of Guiding Lights (mentored by Andrew Haigh), BFI Flare 2018 (mentored by Mary Burke), Sundance Documentary Film Program, HotDocs Forum, Sheffield Doc/Fest Future Producer School, XOLabs, IDFA DocLab, BRITDOC’s Good Pitch, WFTV UK and Birds Eye View Filmonomics. 

Lindsey graduated with a First Class degree from Goldsmiths, then began her career working in British television, on documentaries for Channel 4, BBC, History Channel, S4C and Current TV. She founded Little By Little Films in 2011 to focus on projects led by LGBTQ+ people, women, filmmakers with disabilities and people with unconventional experiences of the body. 

DocGeeks say that Lindsey Dryden makes "formidable and innovative uses of the documentary format to provide a unique insight into the human condition," – and that's how she aims to continue. 

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