Deva Films is an international award winning film production company managed by me, Deva Palmier.
I am an award winning writer director, who is half Egyptian/ Maltese half UK, has lived in New Zealand, Indonesia, India, Switzerland, USA and UK and this has made an impact on my creative work.
We are at present financing and on the cusp of going into pre-production with Finding Clive, a romantic comedy feature film, set to shoot later this year, starring Shirley Henderson (Trainspotting, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Harry Potter) and Roger Allam (The Hippopotamus, The Thick of it, The Lady in the Van) with Alison Sterling of Ignition Films producing.
The Finding Clive screenplay was selected from over 7,200 feature film scripts as a quarterfinalist for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship 2013, second rounder at Austin Film Festival 2013 and 2012.
I originally trained as an actress at Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a BP Scholarship and toured across Canada with my own theatre company. A few years later went on to spend the summer studying filmmaking at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, on a William and Eva Fox Fellowship.
My short films have been selected for many awards including a Silver Plaque at Chicago International Film Festival and joint runner-up for a BBC New Filmmakers award, Best Trailer Award at LA Underground Film Forum; a Platinum Award for Best Trailer at Mindfield Film Festival, Los Angeles; Best Trailer Award at Creation International Film Festival 2017.
In 2006 I was mentored by Gurinder Chadha for a year on the Guiding Lights scheme, which inspired me to set up the ICA Lab – a script development lab where I developed my feature film scripts, Baby, Finding Clive and The Garden.
I am also developing Raya, a black comedy feature film, which was selected for an Advanced Mentoring Lab at the London Screenwriter’s Festival 2015.
In 2017 I was awarded a distinction, studying an MA in feature filmmaking at Bath Spa University, where I focused on developing Finding Clive and made an award winning teaser trailer for the film.
Most recently I have completed PRACTICE, 9 mins, starring Shaniaz Hama Ali and Amrou Al-Kadhi written by Mandy Lee, which has screened at two USA film festivals in March 2018.
I am also directing Shaniaz Hama Ali in The Big Lie, a one woman show, for Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018.
I am also in post production with Five Artists, documentary.