Barbara Santi


Barbara is a creative documentary director / producer with astute fundraising skills. She is a founder director of awen productions with over 20 years of professional media experience and rural community participation. Barbara uses inclusive methods in her films and develops collaborative projects to empower and give a voice to underrepresented people and communities. 

Barbara has made creative documentaries for Channel 4 and Carlton TV and has shown her films on FourDocs, Current TV, The Community Channel, art galleries, conferences, film festival platforms and has toured the length and breadth of Cornwall promoting Cornish films in rural settings.

In 2020 Barbara was one of 10 female entrepreneurs in the UK selected to take part in Creative England's Female Founders Scale Up programme, an eight month dedicated and prestigious scheme for ambitious female founders of screen-based companies.

Barbara loves working with archives and finding new storytelling models. In 2023, Barbara completed PhD research at Exeter University at the Penryn Cornwall campus. The PhD focused on collaborative film, rural representation, cultural identity, archives and ethnography.