Introducing Screen and Film School Brighton’s new patron, Michele D’Acosta

30 October, 2023

Screen and Film School Brighton were thrilled to announce our new patron, Michele D’Acosta, at our recent industry networking event.

Michele is best known as producer of the award-winning documentary Biggie & Tupac, which has been acknowledged as one of the 50 most important documentary films of the past 25 years. She was also co-executive producer of the music documentary, No Distance Left to Run, which was nominated for Best Long Form Music Video for the 53rd Grammy Awards. She has worked as a producer at HBO, BBC, and Channel 4.

Michele D'Acosta - headshot

Michele studied Russian, German, and International Relations at the University of West London. She did her postgraduate work at UCLA, in the screenwriting program. She won Best Musical screenplay for The Prince of Hip Hop. As director, editor, and animator, her short film Cooking the Earth – a surreal vision of climate change – won Best Animation at the Moondance International festival. She has twice been nominated as Best Director for the UK Film Council’s Breakthrough Brits Awards. She is currently working on a slate of diversity-themed film and TV projects, including a documentary feature about reparations, inspired by the feature film Selma by Ava DuVernay.

Diversity empowerment group, The TV Collective, recognised Michele D’Acosta as one of the 50 most influential People of Colour in British Television.

Michele joins us as a Screen and Film School Brighton patron, alongside Graham Duff, Seamus McGarvey and Alex Kalymnios. Screen and Film School Brighton Head of School, Itziar Leighton, said:

“We are beyond delighted to have Michele D’Acosta as our patron. She has been a long-time friend of the film school, and supported many students over the years. Michele is an extraordinarily creative individual, an award-winning film producer and director with an impressive body of work behind her, such as Kurt and Courtney, Biggie and Tupac, Fetishes, Moonbug and No Distance Left to Run.

She is also an accomplished artist with her work exhibited in the UK and USA. Her real superpower is her ability to engage, motivate and inspire both our staff and our students. I am looking forward to working closely with Michele and excited for what is to come.”

Michele D'Acosta in a panel discussion

Michele also shared her advice for our students taking their first steps in the industry:

“Believe in yourself and don’t give up at the first hurdle. Trust your instincts and listen to your inner voice. To succeed in this industry, you need to find a way to stand out. Develop your personal voice, have strong ethics, and don’t settle for mediocrity. Do things no one else is willing to do. When someone says it can’t be done, or that it is impossible… that’s the moment to step up and go to the next level.”

What excites Michele about being involved with Screen and Film School Brighton?

“I feel part of a family and a community of filmmakers and pioneers with the ethos and vision to use the medium of film as a catalyst for positive social change. Another initiative to highlight is the school’s five-year guarantee to the alumni community. This commitment helps graduates to stay in touch with an extensive network of industry contacts, and to receive career support from the school’s dedicated Industry Liaison team. I know from personal experience how challenging it can be to leave the rarefied world of film school and enter the real world!”


Welcome to Screen and Film School, Michele!



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