Tolu Stedford

Jury year(s) 2024

Tolu has over 20 years of industry experience and has produced, written and associate director credits encompassing television, film, and stage.

She is the former CEO of the Independent Film Trust and is also a co-founder of Story Compounds, a dynamic film, TV, and immersive media production company and consultancy.

FILM LONDON has recognised Tolu as a promising industry leader as part of the Breaking Glass Ceiling 23 cohort and has been partnered with JAY HUNT (APPLE TV Creative Director) and EVA YATES (Director of the film).

Tolu is also a BAFTA Connect member, British Screen Forum’s FUTURE LEADER, Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre ‘INDUSTRY CHAMPION’, Film and TV Charity IPP panel member, RECLAIM the FRAME Advisory board member as well as a member of the ScreenSkills Film Council.

She recently completed her debut documentary, commissioned by BFI DOC SOCIETY. Which has been acquired by the renowned The NEW YORKER Magazine (Conde Nast Entertainment for worldwide distribution.

She also pioneered the Creative Corridor programme sponsored by SONY Entertainment Television, developing international co-pro opportunities for BGM writers from the US and UK.

Tolu has worked with many global studios, including SKY, SONY Entertainment TV, Warner Brothers, YouTube and Universal Studios, and British industry bodies such as BFI and BBC.

Her work has been featured in various esteemed publications such as BRITISH CINEMATOGRAPHER, SCREEN DAILY, VARIETY, DEADLINE, and BROADCAST MAGAZINE.