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Samm Haillay

Samm Haillay

United Kingdom



FrameWork Participant 2013
Decision Maker 2012
FrameWork Participant 2009


As lead producer at Third, Samm has eight feature credits to his name, these include coproductions with Sweden, Germany and Australia. These have premiered in Cannes, Venice, Sundance and SXSW and have featured at London, AFI, MoMA Docs as well as countless others.
He is a member of BAFTA, EAVE and ACE. He sat on the Short Film Jury in Berlin 2010 to award the Golden Bear. He is a group leader for EAVE, Feature expanded and the Venice College Cinema. He also delivers training for Creative England, Film London, Arts Council England and FACT.
Samm has been a patron or board member at several film festivals and is also a film academic.

company profile

Third has always been different. It is a different kind of company, with a different kind of worldview. We set up in the post industrial North of England as two working class kids from the rural south to make films about lives that we felt were underrepresented. Giving an authentic voice to people who we felt were often stereotyped or marginalised in mainstream cinema and other media platforms was, for us, very empowering. That passion fuelled the development of our first feature film Better Things, which premiered in Cannes in 2008.
We have since made eight feature films and numerous other short form works. We have premiered in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, and Sundance amongst others and sold our work all over the world and raised over £3m in budgets from a wide range of public, private and market sources. All of these films have either been generated and/or developed by our core team. We continue to generate projects in house as well as working with some of the most exciting writing and directing talent in the UK and further afield. Third gained MEDIA slate development funding in 2008 and a BFI Vision Award in 2013. Both of these landmarks propelled Third to the next level, allowing two to become four.
The present is an inflection point: a time for Third to capitalize upon its output and experience to build a bigger and broader engine for our own work and the work of current and emergent partners. We want to do this by pushing ourselves to reach a
wider audience while retaining the company’s spirit of rebellious authenticity and creative ambition. Our transition from features to a combined slate of features and episodic
drama is primary driver and objective of that evolution.