DIRECTOR | WRITER | PRODUCER | CINEMATOGRAPHER | EDITOR
With a background in film and performance, Vanessa Silva and Heather Hentila developed Footlight Entertainment in 2014. They did so with the vision of creating characters they not only wanted to portray as actors, but to see more of on television and in films.
Footlight Entertainment and, subsequently, Footlight Studios, have received awards in filmmaking from production to cinematography and editing, since its inception. Footlight Studios, produces a wide mix of entertainment from films to episodic television to web series and beyond, creating a vast opportunity to work with a variety of incredible filmmakers from all walks of life, continuing the vision of creative equality.
In 2019, Vanessa and Heather created a production company focusing solely on independent film. Brighton Films continues the vision of gender equality in the industry by putting women at the forefront - in front and behind the camera - in pivotal and essential roles. Brighton Films’ first project “The Veil” centralized women not only in story but in the majority of crew. From pre-production to post, “The Veil” was women-helmed and over 65% crewed by women.
Behind the camera, Vanessa has had training in conjunction with Sundance, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Canon Hollywood, Shane Hurlbut ASC, AbelCine, ARRI Academy, Filmmakers Alliance and NBC/Alliance of Women Directors. She has written, directed and produced a variety of films and series.
Vanessa [Silva] is breaking new ground and pushing boundaries with her filmmaking. It takes a unique person who has the resolve and courage to be able to do that. A person with vision who can look past the standard tropes and clichés of our craft. Vanessa is that person. She is pushing herself, and the industry, with a fervor that will not be outmatched.
Digital Cinema Society
Alliance of Women Directors
International Screenwriters Association
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