Doctor Rebekah Louisa Smith began her film industry career in 2008, working as a producer on Wales’ most successful national horror film festival, the brilliantly-named Abertoir Horror Festival.
A decade ago, she created her company The Film Festival Doctor, the name a nod to her academic past. Rebekah has a PhD in Film and Audience research, her thesis based on the work of her hero Quentin Tarantino. Rebekah and her team will continue to pen prescriptions for success and are committed to transforming the lives of independent films through film festivals.
Their aim is to give these films and the filmmakers visibility, awards, opportunities and recognition within the industry. Currently, the company- which has offices in London and Los Angeles- has helped win over 650 awards for their clients and her team have supported over 688 creatives across the world guiding them on their journeys to success.
In 2018, Worcestershire-born Rebekah worked extensively on the feature length documentary George Michael Freedom: The Director’s Cut which has been screened at over 25 international festivals. It has won 5 awards and was shown in competition at the 26th Raindance Film Festival.
The Film Festival Doctor has created triumphant film festival campaigns for Martin Kemp’s Stalker, The Boy With A Camera For A Face (45 festivals and 13 awards), Arrivederci Rosa (25 festivals), Beyond The River (winner of 2 SAFTA awards; the South African BAFTAs), Commune (30 festivals including the BAFTA-qualifying London Short Film Festival), Soldier Bee (BAFTA-recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival), Placebo: Alt. Russia (International Film Festival Rotterdam), the BAFTA- shortlisted documentary Noma: Forgiving Apartheid, the BAFTA long listed Sylvia & The Cunning Man and the South African long-listed Oscar entry film Kalushi: The Story Of Solomon Mahlangu.