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IN A NUTSHELL

Dogwoof has established a first-rate reputation as the go-to company for global distribution of cinema documentaries.  Young, driven, and innovative, Dogwoof was the first company in the world to do a multi-platform release in 2005. Our content ranges from social issue films to broader themes like fashion and music. Dogwoof’s film campaigns are renowned for having significant social impact, as well as commercial success.

Besides its UK theatrical and international sales operations, Dogwoof is progressively increasing its number of executive productions, and co-productions, steering the company towards vertical integration.  Dogwoof has recently closed a film investment fund, which will focus on development & production of feature docs, remake rights, and series.

OUR STORY

Dogwoof was founded in 2004 by Andy Whittaker and Anna Godas. The company initially started as a UK theatrical distributor of arthouse fiction, a highly crowded market.

Ahead of the curve, Dogwoof  identified a market opportunity in the distribution of cinema documentaries, and focused solely on this niche, becoming the only theatrical distributor in the world to specialise in this type of content. Early theatrical films include Black Gold, Food Inc, and End the Line, which saw partnerships with Waitrose, The Co-operative and The Skoll Foundation among others.

In 2011, the company expanded beyond its UK theatrical operations by launching an international sales arm. A series of successes including Blackfish put Dogwoof on the map as a major industry player.

In November 2015 Dogwoof launched its first film investment fund, focusing on development & production of feature docs, remake rights, and series, gearing up the company towards vertical integration.

FILMS

Dogwoof's films include 'Blackfish', 'Cartel Land', 'Dior and I', 'The Look of Silence', 'The Act of Killing', 'The Queen of Versailles', 'Marina Abramovic, the Artsist is Present', 'Cutie and the Boxer', 'Restrepo', 'Dark Days' and many more.

Sundance 2016 titles represented by Dogwoof internationally include 'Jim: the James Foley Story' (Audience Award), 'Weiner' (Grand Jury Prize), 'Life, Animated' (Directing Award), 'Author: The JT Leroy story', Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, Richard Linklater-Dream is Destiny, 'Kate Plays Christine' (Special Jury Award for Writing).

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Andy Whittaker

Founder
Andy is the Founder of Dogwoof. He has a degree and an MA in physics. Before starting Dogwoof, Andy worked as an e-commerce specialist in several blue chip companies. Andy led the expansion with a digital focussed business model, and is responsible for funding, strategy, partnerships and business development. Awards include: Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 list, most influential Londoners 2015, The Guardian Film Power 100 list, among others. Andy was born in Chester, UK.

Anna Godas

CEO
Anna is Dogwoof’s CEO, and co-founder; she has an MBA, and MAs in film production and screenwriting. Anna has steered the company from a small indie film distributor to a leading global brand in the field of documentary. Anna was directly responsible for the creation of Dogwoof's international sales arm, and is now focusing on growing Dogwoof's production investments, having recently set up a fund. Anna was born in Barcelona, Spain.

Oli Harbottle

Head of Distribution
Oli has been at Dogwoof since 2006, and was part of the original team who made the decision to specialise in documentaries after the release of BLACK GOLD the following year. As Head of Distribution, he is responsible for acquisitions and overseeing all film releases, which include highly successful and innovative campaigns such as The Age of Stupid, Restrepo, Dreams of a Life, The Spirit of ‘45, The Act of Killing, Blackfish, and Dior and I, Cartel Land.. He was named one of Screen International’s ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ in 2014. Oli was born in London.

Nirav Patel

Finance
Nirav is Dogwoof’s numbers guru; he joined the Company in 2011 after leaving over 15 years of Practice to get commercial experience. He maintains the day to day accounting records and looks after all the financial reporting requirements of the Company. Nirav was born in London.

Ana Vicente

Head of International Theatrical Sales
Ana holds a BA in Audiovisual Communication from London Metropolitan University and a MA PgDip in Documentary & TV Features from Salford University in Manchester. Her passion about feature docs drove her to write her MA thesis on the theatrical distribution of docs. Her professional career spans several years of working for various UK based distribution companies in both documentary and film as well as freelance consultant for independent producers and organisations. Ana was born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Gemma Purkiss

Assets Coordinator
Gemma joined Team Dogwoof as an intern back in 2013 after graduating from Met Film School. Originally working on Home Entertainment releases, she handled assets for DVD and digital platforms. Now in 2015, Gemma has made the natural progression to handle the delivery of UK and Global assets to film festivals and digital platforms. Gemma was born in South Africa.

Cleo Veger

Social Media Coordinator
Cleo joined Dogwoof as an intern in 2014. Originally from Amsterdam, she studied Business/Marketing in Boston prior to making the move to London. She is responsible for all online presence, including webistes, social media and online markeitng. Cleo was born in Cleveland, USA.

Daniel Green

Home Entertainment Sales Manager
Daniel joined Dogwoof in October 2014 after several years working within independent and world cinema sales and distribution. Daniel has a First Class BA Hons degree in Film Studies from the University of Kent and graduated in 2009 before going on to work on a number of UK-produced documentaries. He now oversees the release of all of Dogwoof’s DVD, Blu-ray and digital titles. Dan was born in Hereford, UK.

Mayumi Robinson

Sales & Acquisitions Coordinator
Before joining the Dogwoof team in January 2015, Mayumi specialised in visual anthropology during her studies in Montreal and Manchester. Mayumi coordinates Dogwoof Global’s Sales and Acquisitions activities, acting as a point of contact for film submissions and handling research, reporting and administration for both areas of the company. Mayumi was born in Providence, USA.

Yung Kha

Publicist
After cutting her teeth in a commercial agency working on accounts for Universal Pictures, Momentum Pictures and ITV amongst others, Yung moved in house to the ICA as film and digital arts press officer. Since starting with Dogwoof in May 2010; Yung has has worked on releases including Dreams of a Life, The Spirit of ‘45, Blackfish, Dior and I, BAFTA winning The Act of Killing. Yung was born in Ban Mê Thuột, Vietnam.

Mike Leedham

Designer
Mike has been operating his own design company, 2D Design, for a number of years and has been the Dogwoof in house designer since 2006. Mike puts together our DVD sleeves, posters, adverts, web banners, and was responsible for the Dogwoof logo. If its Dogwoof branded, there’s a fair chance Mike designed it! Mike was born in Essen, Germany.

Vesna Cudic

Head of International Sales and Acquisitions
Vesna holds a First Class BA honours degree in Film, and an MA in Fiction Direction from the National Film and Television School. She is a winner of Royal Television Society Award and several film festival awards. Her experience in the field of international distribution in both, sales and acquisitions, combined with her background in filmmaking, provides her with valuable tools for identifying the demands of the international marketplace, while working closely with the filmmakers. Vesna was born in Osijek, Croatia.

Patrick Hurley

Distribution Manager
More than a bit documentary-obsessed, Patrick came from Australia to join the team in 2012. He's since worked on the cinema release campaigns for over 80 feature docs, including Blackfish, The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence, Cartel Land and Dior and I. Responsible for cinema sales and a range of theatrical-release operations, Patrick's role is to drive audiences to watch Dogwoof's films on big screens. Patrick is from Sydney, Australia.

Luke Brawley

Festivals Manager
After two years working in classic film distribution, Luke made the jump to Dogwoof in September 2014. A part of Dogwoof Global, Luke handles all international festival and single screening bookings including the coordination of deliverable materials. Luke was born in Luton, UK.

Dorottya Székely

Marketing Manager
After a few years working on feature film campaigns in Hungary, Dorottya came to London to do her second Master’s in Cultural Management and joined the Dogwoof team in January 2015. She manages the marketing and corporate partnerships for the UK theatrical releases, handles the ‘Popup Cinema’ initiative and assists the Global team in marketing promotions. Dorottya was born in Budapest, Hungary.

 
 

Dogwoof Global - international sales arm of Dogwoof.

 

Dogwoof Global was created in 2011, and has established itself as a leading world sales agents for documentaries like Blackfish, Dior and I, and Cartel Land, offering filmmakers world class representation, alongside raising finance, UK theatrical distribution and direct to consumer global distribution via our international network of online and theatrical partners.

Our current production slate includes Werner Herzog's "Into The Inferno", "Vivienne Westwood: Get a Life", a unique journey into one of fashion's most extraordinary character, and films about charismatic artists Kusama and Chris Burden. We have recently branched out into documentary TV series, starting with "It is Written" a 3 part series by Sundance winner David Sington. 

Dogwoof Ltd started life as a UK theatrical distributor of independent films; it is a London based company, and was founded in 2004 by Andy Whittaker and Anna Godas. The company have theatrically released a huge range of award-winning and highly popular films including Blackfish, Dior and I, The Look of Silence, The Act of Killing, Cutie and the Boxer, Restrepo, The Queen of Versailles, Food Inc,. The House I Live In, The Age of Stupid, Food, Inc., Dreams of a Life, and The Spirit of ’45. 

Dogwoof is currently focusing on growing the production arm of documentary features and series, working with key producers on steering the company towards vertical integration.

 
 

YOU CAN HOST YOUR OWN SCREENING OF A DOGWOOF FILM!  Yes, Dogwoof Popup Cinema is a film programming service that gives you the opportunity to book online Dogwoof's films for corporate, community and educational screenings. 

You book the film, we send you the DVD, and you show it! That simple.

You create your own special event, and we bring you our meticulously curated selection of films, which includes Oscar & BAFTA winners, and latest titles from hot festivals like Sundance, Cannes and Berlin. We believe that community-led cinema is the future, and that you have the power to entertain and reshape opinions.

We’re always on the lookout for new partnerships with like-minded, innovative companies. If you have an idea for a rolling screening program or an awesome collaboration with your company, please get in touch with Pop Up queen Dorottya! contact.