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Serena Chloe Gardner


Serena is an award-winning writer/director of BFI Network/Film London backed short film Blackout which screened in the UK and Internationally (including the Oscar qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival), winning eleven awards including ‘Best Short Film’ at Southampton International Film Festival and Birmingham International Film Festival, with an additional thirteen nominations. Lady in the Park her 2016 debut short was also successful, winning two awards including ‘Best British Film’ at Southampton International Film Festival and ‘Best Performance a Short Film’ at Coventry Film Festival. Her most recent film Chasing the Vein, a short documentary on addiction, won Best Editing at the Short Film Awards in New York in 2019. 


She recently completed the Directors UK Inspire mentoring scheme, where she teamed up with Fizz & Ginger Films to develop her first feature projects Six Weeks of Summer and Annis. 


She is a current member of BAFTA Connect. 


Nasreen Cullen Producer

Having worked on award-winning films with Secret Garden Pictures over the last five years including 2019’s Chasing the Vein and again on the hugely successful 2017 “Blackout”, Nasreen has joined the Secret Garden Pictures team as producer on an ongoing basis.


Nasreen’s background is in business operations, having worked within a London based digital marketing agency for a number of years heading up everything from process design and implementation to procurement and contract management.


Nasreen is process driven, working within given guidelines and requirements but believes in the importance of having a strong team to help drive her vision forward.  This was demonstrated with the team and crew behind award winning “Blackout”, some of whom will be rejoining for her features "Six Weeks of Summer" and "Annis".

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