Syd Heather Freelance Filmmaker


Syd is an award-winning filmmaker, freelance writer/director and creative producer based in Kent with a decade of experience working across narrative projects, documentaries and branded content.

His short film portfolio includes a wide range of horror, comedy-drama and documentary projects that have played at notable genre festivals and BAFTA, BIFA & OSCAR qualifying festivals including FrightFest, LSFF, BFI Future Film Festival, British Shorts Berlin, Encounters and Leeds International Film Festival. He has also produced work that has been distributed by Alter, BBC Arts, BFI, Shorts International, Omeleto and Peccadillo Pictures.

Outside of film and TV production, he has created branded documentaries and online content for the likes of Hasbro UK,, Visit Maidstone, Growing Green, NIAB and Folkestone & Hythe Council.

Syd is the co-founder of Squid Shack Studios, an emerging production company currently being supported by Create South East that connects start-ups with business training and investment opportunities. He is passionate about creating and distributing Kent-based stories and in 2020, he released his debut documentary feature, Micropubs - The New Local looking at the Kentish micropub movement and British craft beer revolution which has played international film festivals and is now available on various streaming platforms worldwide including Amazon Prime, Tubi TV and GuideDoc.

Syd is currently an associate member of Directors UK and the brand new Bafta Connect career development programme for future leaders of the creative industry, following three years on the BFI Network x Bafta Crew scheme for emerging creatives (2018-22).

He is currently developing his next documentary feature about independent cinemas in Kent whilst pitching his first fiction feature, Hush Little One, a supernatural thriller in development with Rebel Yeah! LTD exploring British folklore and childhood fears with Mandip Gill (Doctor Who, Curfew) and Alexander Lincoln (In From The Side, Emmerdale) attached in lead roles.

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