Frankie Shaftain-Fenner (they/them)

Frankie is a filmmaker from Colchester, Essex in the UK. They graduated with a 2:1 in Digital Film Production (BA Hons) from the University of Suffolk and were featured as a student profile in the University prospectus.Specialising in film during their UAL Art Foundation Diploma, they achieved a Distinction for their final project, a documentary about unused buildings in their home town of Colchester.Frankie specialises in documentary filmmaking and has worked with Cancer Research and St Helena's Hospice on promotional films.Frankie has been featured in a film for LGBTQIA+ charity Mermaids Gender, celebrating Pride Month. The video featured Frankie among many other members of the LGBTQIA+ community, available to watch here.They have won numerous awards for their feature/short film 'Pronouns in Bio', which has screened at TRANSlations: Seattle Trans Film Festival, London Rocks Film Festival and Brighton Rocks Film Festival.They have also won a Gold and Bronze awards from Creative Conscience for their films made during University and College.Awards, Events and Press:Press: Editor's Pick: The TRANSlations Film Festival Is A Virtual Treasure TrovePress: Why everybody should be part of the 2022 TRANSlations: Seattle Trans Film Festival - Capitol Hill SeattleEvent: Director's Introduction and Screening of 'It Costs Nothing to Be Nice' at Mediorite's 'Get Seen' Short Film festivalEvents: Filmmaker Networking Hour, 'Speed Friending', Game Night at TRANSlations: Seattle Trans Film FestivalEvent: Live Q&A at MHSA (Mental Health and Suicide Awareness) Film FestivalOfficial Selection, Believe Psychology Film Festival 2022 for Pronouns In Bio (Director's Cut)Official Selection, TRANSlations: Seattle Trans Film Festival for Pronouns In Bio (Director's Cut)Official Selection, MHSA (Mental Health and Suicide Awareness) Film Festival for Pronouns In Bio (Short Film)Official Selection, Hastings Rocks for Pronouns In Bio (Short Film)Official Selection, London Rocks for Pronouns In Bio (Short Film)Official Selection, Brighton Rocks for Pronouns In Bio (Short Film)Honourable Mention, Brighton Rocks for Pronouns In Bio (Director's Cut)Honourable Mention, London Rocks for Pronouns In Bio (Director's Cut)Award of Recognition: Best Shorts Competition 2021 for Pronouns in Bio (Short Film)Official Selection 20 Years of CRASSH Film Festival 2021 for It Costs Nothing to Be NiceGold Award, Creative Conscience for Homeless in ColchesterHighly Commended Certificate, Design Museum Student Awards, for Homeless in ColchesterBronze Award, Creative Conscience for Autumn at The Oak Tree Farm

Autumn at The Oak Tree Farm

Roles: Director, Director of Photography, Editor, ColouristFormat: Documentary, 20 mins, 2021

The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm is a Community Supported Agriculture Scheme run in Ipswich. The aim of the farm is to reconnect farmers and the local community to the land where their food is grown, without using any chemicals in the process. In exchange for volunteering at the farm, the produce grown is shared out equally in the weekly ‘veg boxes’.Inspired by the documentaries of filmmakers such as Agnes Varda and Nikolaus Geyrhalter, this film documents The Oak Tree Farm in a slow-paced, naturalistic way.The film documents the people who run the farm, as well as those who volunteer there, during the Autumn of 2020. Many areas of the farm are shown, including the range of vegetables produced, the farm’s chickens and the eggs they provide.

Decline & Decay: Unused Buildings In Colchester Town Centre

Roles: Director, Director of Photography, EditorFormat: Documentary, 15 mins, 2018

Inspired by ‘urban exploration’ videos of the abandoned buildings in Colchester’s town centre, Frankie created this documentary piece to share the stories of these once thriving buildings.Featuring a mix of interviews with Colchester veterans and members of the public, she documented the history and possible future of these familiar landmarks.The film focuses on the Priory Walk/Queen's Street area where the Keddies' store (abandoned since 2006) was recently demolished, along with the cinema in Crouch Street which has been left abandoned since 2002.Perhaps the most iconic of all and seen by residents for miles around is Jumbo, a rare Victorian water tower left unused since 1997, which is now stuck in a loop of denied planning permission and decay.

Siren Festival 2021

Roles: Young Producer, Video Editor, Event Photographer, Livestream Camera OperatorFormat: Three "talk show" style Livestreams with pre-recorded video segments

On 25th September 2021, Siren Festival 2021 took place. It featured 16-25 year-olds from all backgrounds and abilities, whom ran three livestreams over YouTube and Facebook. These featured live music, pre-recorded video content and talk-show style discussions of environmental issues effecting the youth of today.The streams covered subjects including cooking vegan food, using reusable bottles, reusable soap dispensers, upcycling clothes and reducing water consumption when gardening.


A showreel which showcases Frankie's skills with camera operating and composition. Working mostly within a documentary style, she has produced films for a range of clients including UK charities St Helena's Hospice and Cancer Research UK.While Frankie is mostly a cinematographer, she is used to filming with small crews and sharing out roles; she can also edit, sound mix and colour grade in a range of software, including Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer and DaVinci Resolve.

Pronouns in Bio (2021)

Roles: Director, Director of Photography, Editor, ColouristFormat: Documentary, "Director's Cut" 61 mins, Short Film 20 mins, 2021

Through a collection of video diary entries shot over two years, Frankie, a recently "out" transgender, autistic woman reflects on her past mental health struggles as a teenager with gender dysphoria.The film includes discussions of topics such as medical gatekeeping, depression, self-harm and more; all things Frankie has struggled with as she hopes to start her transition.Frankie utilizes direct-to-camera monologues, mixed with an original soundtrack written and performed by herself to create an intimate portrait of what it is like to discover your authentic identity and fight for the right to be recognised as female.