Altitude Film Entertainment

Company information

Art house blockbusters

Based in London’s Soho, at the heart of the UK’s film industry, Altitude Film Entertainment is an independent media company involved in every stage of TV and film production, finance, sales and distribution.

“We are vertically integrated and frequently work on projects at all stages of their lifecycle,” explains Will Clarke, Co-founder. “We acquire projects at script stage, oversee them through production, sell them to international distributors and release them ourselves in UK and Irish cinemas, on DVD and Blu-ray, digital platforms and via broadcasters.”

The company was set up in May 2012 and has built up an impressive track record in that time, with the films it has worked on receiving 13 nominations and two wins at the BAFTAs, and 17 nominations and seven wins at the Oscars.

“We’ve been involved with Oscar-winning films every year we’ve been active, including Moonlight, Amy and 20 Feet from Stardom,” says Andy Mayson, Co-founder. “Our films have grossed more than £17m at the UK box office and we’ve sold 50 films internationally, grossing over $60m in sales.”

Among the other notable films it has supported are the multi-award- winning releases Lady Macbeth, Loveless and The Florida Project. Finding the next hit movie or TV show is never easy, but Altitude says that current audience trends are playing to its strengths.

“In recent years, we have seen a reaction against the homogenised output coming from the Hollywood studio system,” says Andy. “While those films remain popular, there has also been a significant rise in the desire for films and TV series made with a more personal approach. These are the projects we have always supported. We seek out and embrace unique voices and perspectives that challenge the status quo because we know that audiences are hungry for new stories and new storytellers.”

Among the productions it is currently working on are a film version of Horrible Histories and a biopic of Argentinian footballing giant Diego Maradona.