Shafeeq Vellani is a filmmaker and the co-founder of Picture This Moving Image. Shafeeq has made shorts, television documentaries and dramas, and arts documentaries.
He came to Bristol to be the film and video co-ordinator at Watershed Media Centre. Following the merger of Bristol Film Workshop and Watershed's film department which led to the creation of Picture This, he became it's co-ordinator, managing the artistic and financial development of the organisation. On leaving Picture This he became a freelance writer/director and is currently a senior lecturer in film and video at the International Film School, Wales at the University of Wales, Newport.
His work has been broadcast on television and presented at festivals world-wide. His films include: Nice Beaches, Darwish, See Red, Escape to Somerset, Circling the City and 4 Aunties, One Uncle and Me, New Blood, Kumbh Mela: Nell's Story, The Changing of the Light, Walking Away with the Music and Town and Country.
He is currently finishing his first feature film screenplay Undercurrents, commissioned by BBC Films, UK Film Council and North West Vision and is starting his second feature screenplay Ghetto Girl. He is also working on a Mphil looking at his practice within the context of British Asian Cinema.
Shafeeq also works as a script editor, reader and assessor for South West Screen, Screen West Midlands and the Northern Island Film and Television Commission, and was script editor for Offender, a UK Film Council Digital Shorts Plus film. He has been a member of the South West Arts Film Production Panel, the Arts Council Film and Video Panel and for three years was chair of the African and Asian Visual Artists Archive and for 3 years chair of Bristol Screenwriters.