ABOUT

The Delaval Story
Mission Statement

WHAT MAKES A GOOD FILM, IS A GREAT STORY.

And we believe in brave, distinct and diverse storytelling.

We are a Manchester based, BAFTA long-listed, independent production company founded by Screen International Star of tomorrow Loran Dunn, and listed as one of the Top 50 Most Creative Companies in England by Creative UK and the Times.

We received the BFI Vision Award in 2016 – awarded to companies that demonstrate ambition, risk taking and diverse voice.

We’re defining a new era of screen talent, discovering and working with bold and visionary filmmakers who aren’t afraid to push boundaries, and who are creating authored, distinct and engaging cinema with drive.

Our films have played all over the world from Venice, to London Film Festival, Sundance to the UK houses of parliament. We’ve released films in cinemas across the country, worked with partners including BBC Film, Film4 and Working Title, as well as creating work for leading broadcasters including SKY and BBC.

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The Delaval Team
TEAM
Loran Dunn
Producer

Loran Dunn is a Screen Daily Star of Tomorrow, BFI Vision Award winning, BAFTA Long-listed and BIFA Long-listed Film Producer.

Her most recent feature film, Hoard, premiered at Venice Film Festival picking up four prizes including Most Innovative Film, and will be released in cinemas in the UK and US in 2024.

Her first feature, A Deal With The Universe, was released in cinemas in 2019 to critical acclaim.

Loran’s short films have also played internationally recognised festivals including Sundance, London Film Festival and Palm Springs.

In 2017 she was selected for the prestigious Guiding Lights scheme, and mentored by Elizabeth Karlson of Number 9 Films. In 2020 Loran was selected for the Cannes Producers Network, and Rotterdam Producers Lab, and in 2023 she received the Simon Relph bursary.

Loran is also a Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking at The Manchester School of Art, delivering workshops and seminars on short film Production for BA and MA filmmaking students. As well as designing, programming and facilitating a number of flagship professional development programmes including “Talent Lab” now in its sixth year.

She was a Development Mentor for BBC New Creatives 2019-2020, Executive Producer for British Council and BFI’s initiative More Films For Freedom 2019, and Development Mentor at Channel 4’s Random Acts North 2016-2018. She was also the Producer for ShortFLIX – Sky Arts, National Youth Theatre and Creative England’s new talent scheme 2018.

Loran is a campaigner for accessibility and sustainability for independent producers in the film industry and Co-Founded the UK Producers Roundtable which released an internationally recognised report in 2020. She is also a British Screen Forum Future Leader, and a PACT 50 Future Leader.

Loran is a full voting member of BAFTA.

Lea Judge
Development & Production Co-ordinator

Lea (they/them) graduated from Manchester School Art in 2020. Working as both a producer and director, Lea is interested in creating visceral and aesthetically daring films that invoke strong emotional responses in the audience.

They have been commissioned by BBC New Creatives to make their film ‘Justin, What Have You Done To Us?’, an exploration into the feeling of teenage infatuation and, they were recently selected for the BFI Film Hub North Scratch Me scheme.

Their work has been shown at a range of festivals including BFI Future Film presents SCENE, London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival and International Music Video Awards London.
They have also had their projection mapping and installation work displayed in exhibitions across Manchester, including a recent film made for artist Suzanne Lacy which is now displayed at Manchester Art Gallery.

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