Simon Welsford

Programme Director TV Production, Maidstone TV Studios

Academic, School of Film Media and Performing Arts

Simon Welsford leads our BA (Hons) Television Production degree. He specialises in writing and directing for drama, but he lectures across the whole course programme in both theory and practical units.

Simon gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University in 1993, specialising in filmmaking, and he completed a postgraduate certificate in Learning and Teaching in the Creative Arts in 2013.

He joined UCA in 2010 as senior lecturer on the newly formed Television Production course based at Maidstone Studios. Prior to this Simon spent over 15 years in the film and television industry, mainly as a writer/director. He has worked on a wide range of productions; his work has been screened around the world and has won a number of international awards. Simon continues to write scripts, with a particular interest in genre cinema, and is currently developing a new feature film project. 

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Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

Awards, Grants and Commissions:

Alongside his directing work Simon has continued to develop personal projects as a writer/director.

In 2007 he wrote and directed his first feature film, Jetsam. Independently financed for only £3000 it premiered at the 51st London Film Festival and won the Best Low Budget Film Prize at the London Independent Film Festival in 2008. It received a theatrical release in 2009, garnering high critical praise and has now been released on DVD. It has recently been released in the North American market.  

His first significant short film, Walking With Walken, went on to screen at over 30 international festivals, was sold to Film Four, Channel 4 and CBC in Canada, and won five festival awards including the Grand Prize winner at the Manhattan Short Film Festival in 2001. This success led directly to work as a director on variety of television programmes, this included Unique Species for Five, and Channel 4’s The Investigators that was later nominated for a Royal Television Society award in the Best Children’s Factual Series category. His directing work also covered corporate for clients such as Pearson and Penguin, music videos for various bands, and more recently directed Kent TV’s innovative on-line drama series Holly Would?

Research Outputs

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