Founder and Writer/Director

Writer/Director Annetta is the founder of Roman Candle Productions, a film production company focused on black and female–led films. Her films have screened at national and international film festivals including Encounters Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Aesthetica Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, Uppsala Film Festival and the American Black Film Festival.

 

Her short films have earned her the Best Film award at the BFM International Film Festival/Screen Nation, the Best Screenwriter award at the Indian Cine Film Festival in Mumbai and Best Short Film award at the Black International Film Festival in 2017. Nominations include Best Short Film for the HBO Short Film Award at the American Black Film Festival and Best Writer at the Underwire Film Festival in London. She was also BAFTA long-listed for her last short film ‘The Arrival’.

 

Annetta is currently developing her feature film COLONY ROOMS, a drama set within the Caribbean community in 1960s Soho London, with the BFI and producer Joy Gharoro Akpojotor (Blue Story, Screen International Star of Tomorrow and BAFTA Breakthrough 2020). She is also developing her feature film RIVER MISTRESS with producer Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo (Netflix/Top Boy, John Ridley’s ‘Guerilla’) and Turnover Films.

 

As a director, Annetta is attached to Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s upcoming film adaptation of her Laurence Olivier Award winning play EMILIA, based on the life and times of Renaissance poet and Shakespeare contemporary Emilia Bassano. BAFTA nominated Manon Ardisson (God’s Own Country) and Chiara Ventura from Ardimages UK are producing.