British Independent Film Awards BIFA

Celebrating 20 years of the best British Independent Film

Mia Bays

With 24 years experience working in film sales, marketing and distribution, Mia has produced an Oscar winner, received 2 BAFTA nominations on consecutive years including for the prestigious Carl Foreman award, acted as creative producer on several debuts that have garnered multiple British Indie Film Awards and 2 BAFTA best debut awards, and worked in some of the top sales, distribution and exhibition companies in the UK in a career that traverses production, distribution and sales across both documentary and fiction.

To date, Missing In Action Films has produced Backstreet Boys – Show ‘em What You’re Made Of, a key event cinema release in Spring/Summer 2015 on over 1400 screens worldwide and no1 on iTunes in N America ; the Oscar winning short Six Shooter by Martin McDonagh, and the acclaimed BAFTA-nominated documentary feature Scott Walker - 30 Century Man by Stephen Kijak - which Verve released in the UK, Madman in Australia and Oscilloscope in the U.S. 

Additionally Mia acted as Creative Producer on 8 features for Film London Microwave, the microbudget scheme that made films such as the BAFTA nominated Lilting, BAFTA nominated Shifty and Ill Manors by Ben Drew (Plan B).  Before this across the first 12 years of her career Mia marketed and distributed over 40 features (eg the Oscar winner Tsotsi and Ian McKellen’s Richard III) and has a strong understanding and experience of the worldwide indie film scene.

Finally, Mia is dedicated to mentoring and running workshops for filmmakers and film professionals worldwide, on both creative and business subjects – eg training female filmmakers and practitioners on courses such as the Creative Skillset-backed Filmonomics and Future Leaders in Distribution ; on MARKET TRADER for Creative England with Julia Short, and Filmonomics Cuba a British Council backed workshop for female Caribbean filmmakers.