Lions Den Films was founded in 2008 by Dan Cleland to create unique, audience-engaging content for film, television, advertising and online. We produce narrative and documentary films including BIFA nominated short film, ‘Washdays’ 2009 directed by Simon Neal, in conjunction with Deeply Vale Films.  Dan co-produced Zeitgeist Films' ‘Orthodox’ 2016, the feature film debut from writer/director David Leon, produced by Daisy Allsop.

'Body of Water' by writer/director Lucy Brydon, produced by Dan and Jeannette Sutton was commissioned by the Film London Microwave Scheme and World Premiered at Glasgow International Film Festival in February 2020.  'Are You Proud?' the feature documentary debut from Ashley Joiner, produced by Dan and co-produced by Christian Gordine had it's first work-in-progress screening at the BFI Flare Festival in London in March 2017.  The film was released to great acclaim in summer 2019 in the UK by Peccadillo Pictures and was listed by Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian as one of the ten best documentaries of the year.  We have many projects currently in development which we will be announcing in due course.

We also work across a number of commercial and corporate sectors. Our television commercial clients have included such international brands as, Volkswagen, Kleenex, Toblerone, Innocent Smoothies, Vodafone, Waitrose and Morrisons.   We've created content for online campaigns working with broadcaster UKTV to create weekly video podcasts for their channel, Dave.  In 2009, we shot a series of mini-documentaries for the international charity, ActionAid, based around their projects in Malawi.

Please scroll through the biographies here to learn more about the filmmakers that form Lions Den Films.  If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to be in touch:

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