Big Tent was founded in 2018 by Emmanuel Li and Ethan Ross, both school students from North London. They have since produced 6 short films, as well as music videos, documentaries and adverts, and have had their films shown across the world, picking up multiple awards, whilst juggling schoolwork and other creative ventures.

Emmanuel Li

Ethan Ross

Emmanuel is a multi-award-winning 18-year-old filmmaker from Waltham Forest, London. He has always loved stories and is passionate about working both in front of and behind the camera, with experience as a Director, Actor, Writer, Editor, Producer, as well as Composer. 


His multi-disciplinary background in theatre, magic, comedy and music combined with his cinematic influences has resulted in a well-rounded directorial style, with distinctive characters, striking visuals and stories teeming with heart, humour and energy. He is always learning and improving with each film he makes.

Ethan is an award-winning 15-year-old Director, Editor, Writer, Producer, and Co-Founder of Big Tent from North London.  Since co-founding Big Tent in early 2019, Ethan has directed 4 short films, and has been selected for festivals in London, Birmingham, South Korea, China, Bangladesh and Pittsburgh, amongst others!


Ethan's creative background is largely in music - the camera used in all 6 of our films was bought with funds raised entirely from Ethan's busking. Ethan is also part of comedy-rap duo Poundland Boys, for which Big Tent has directed several music videos.




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