Big Tent was founded in 2018, by Ethan Ross and Emmanuel Li, both students in North London.
Before founding the company, Ethan's reimagined version of French film Une Vie de Chat won first place at the Oxford University French Film Competition.
The first film made under Big Tent was the gritty coming-of-age tragedy Boys Will Be Boys, directed by Emmanuel and co-written with Samuel Dix, shot in the summer of 2018.
Since then, they have produced many shorts that have screened around the world, such as Jo and Jade, a subversive LGBT rom-com that was nominated for Best Young Filmmaker and Best Young Actress at Birmingham Int'l Film Festival. It is now released on YouTube and has garnered over 600,000 views!
Be Still, produced in just 48 hours for the Sci-fi London Film Festival, was awarded a Special Mention and screened at Stratford Picturehouse.
Bittersweet comedy Have You Seen Buster? has played at over 40 festivals worldwide, winning several awards including Best Young Filmmaker at Indie Shorts Fest (Hollywood), Best International Film at Fresh Film (Ireland), Best Drama Film at McGuffin (Moscow), Audience Choice at Walthamstow Int'l (London), and a Special Jury Prize from Sakhalin 'Light Play' Film Fest, which Emmanuel was flown over to Russia to attend.
Early Works, a high-school dramedy, was executive produced and edited by CINE Eagle winner Devon Avery, and features Greg Wise (Sense and Sensibility, The Crown). Currently on its festival run, it has won multiple awards at festivals including San Luis Obispo Int'l (California), Camera Ziziano (Greece), Fresh Film Fest (Ireland), and the British International Amateur Film Festival, where the film picked up numerous awards.
Their latest short MUSIC FOR THE END OF THE WORLD is a bold, post-apocalyptic comedy conceived and produced during the COVID-19 pandemic under socially-distanced shooting conditions. It has already won multiple international awards, including Best New Talent at the BFI Future Film Festival.
Big Tent has also produced music videos for the comedy rap duo Poundland Boys (of which Ethan is one half of).
Big Tent is currently working on several projects at various stages of production, such as Dream of Now (dir. Emmanuel Li), Backspace (dir. Ethan Ross) and Heart Breaker (dir. Emmanuel Li).
While narrative Short Films are our focus, we are also interested in producing Music Videos, Documentaries and Adverts.