Above the Line is created and managed by Candle & Bell, a film production company based in Gateshead.

Run by Maria Caruana Galizia, Candle & Bell has made numerous successful and award winning short films and is currently developing a slate of feature films. The company has been supported by Creative England, British Film Institute, Channel 4, DUST and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture. In 2017 Candle & Bell was named one of the Top 50 Emerging Creative Companies in England, by Creative England.

As a company based in the North East, Candle & Bell is committed to promoting filmmaking talent from outside London, and bringing regional and under represented stories to cinema audiences.

Above The Line was created to address the following:

  • the need to encourage and support new and emerging film producers.
  • the recognition that people from low-income households don't have access to knowledge and film industry networks, and are therefore at a disadvantage to their more affluent peers.
  • to offer film students and recent graduates a path way beyond their graduation and into the industry.

Our ambition is to grow Above The Line into a community that supports and inspires new and emerging filmmakers and film producers. In the coming months and years, we aim to upload content and masterclasses by producers from all different formats, genres and platforms, to give our community wide reaching and indepth knowledge of the film industry today.