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Isabel Davis

Executive Director
Telephone 0141 302 0775

Areas of responsibility

Isabel leads Screen Scotland and, with its team and partnership agencies, will deliver the ambition and outcomes set out in the Collaborative Screen Proposal.

To drive growth, Isabel will negotiate major new Screen sector deals and partnerships, in Scotland, across the UK, and internationally.

Isabel will lead on the Screen Scotland's relationship with Scotland’s Screen industry and the international Screen industry. The role will also deputise for the Chief Executive on key stakeholder relationships relating to Screen, particularly with the Scottish and UK Governments.

Background and experience

Isabel has been the BFI’s Head of International since 2011. In a role combining editorial, production and policy expertise, Isabel delivered the BFI’s international strategy. Drawing together industry, public and government stakeholders to identify the UK screen industries’ key sectors and territories, she has led the design and delivery of a package of initiatives and funding to help achieve success on the international stage.

As a Production executive / Executive Producer on several high profile UK co-productions, Isabel has credits on films including Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War which premiered at Cannes 2018 in Official Selection, winning Best Director; Haifaa Al Mansour’s Mary Shelley which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2017 and is also playing in this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF); Yorgos Lanthimos’s Oscar® nominated The Lobster which premiered in Official Competition at Cannes Film Festival 2015; and the forthcoming films from Claire Denis and Victor Kossakovsky.

She also backed the development of films from Scottish talent including David Mackenzie and Rona Munro.

Isabel negotiated the film co-production treaty between the UK and China, which was ratified in 2016, and contributed to the negotiation of the UK’s TV co-production treaty with China, ratified in 2017. She also negotiated the audiovisual co-production treaty between the UK and Brazil, ratified in 2017.

Isabel spearheaded a programme of film business development with China, leading a number of high level delegations to broker political, business and creative relationships between the UK and China.