After six years of leading our organisation and driving forward all our activities, industry events and programmes, including co-founding the inaugural Global Short Docs Forum and overseeing the Production Fund, Clothilde Redfern is leaving One World Media to join the Rory Peck Trust as their new Director.
“I have loved being part of the One World Media family and have always felt lucky to work with such interesting people who are committed to using the power of the media to highlight inequality and injustice. Not only the staff team who have become firm friends but also the board of trustees as well as all our industry supporters who donate their time and energy to advancing One World Media’s mission. The media has a huge impact on public opinion which is why it’s so crucial to be mindful of media representations. If we want to change global inequalities we first need to understand them in all their complexities.
Every year I am touched by the tenacity and passion of the journalists and filmmakers we celebrate at the One World Media Awards, who go to great efforts to tell stories that highlight our common humanity, break down prejudice and enable new voices to be heard. Through working at One World Media I have become increasingly mindful of the huge responsibility producers, directors and editors have in how they tell stories and whose narrative they are bringing to the fore. I am proud of all the events the OWM team have produced to debate this with media professionals, international development experts and students. It is my strongly held belief that the only way to change the narrative about the developing world is to collaborate much more closely with content makers from the countries we are reporting on. For this reason I am particularly proud of the recent launch of One World Media’s Global Short Docs Forum which connects filmmakers of documentary shorts from all over the world with the growing number of digital platforms. It feels like the media industry is now hungry to hear from diverse talent and this can only be a good thing for stories rich in local context and cultural understanding.
I will miss the team terribly but I look forward to new challenges ahead and am honoured to have been appointed the next Director of the Rory Peck Trust.”