WHAT WE SAY
Gannesh applied for PFM New Talent in 2019, and we were immediately taken with his project, If the Streets Were on Fire. Even at application stage, it felt like a very important film and one we wanted to support. Three years later, we were delighted to see the film announce its premiere at BFI London Film Festival, an extremely emotional event at which a representative from BBC Storyville stood up and announced they would screen the film.
Gannesh worked for four years to bring the film to the screen, with very little support from the wider industry. We’d like to give him as much support as we can now as the film launches.
Gannesh Rajah is an award-winning producer whose work spans a variety of formats and genres. He was awarded the prestigious Doc Society Fellowship, is a Sheffield Doc/Fest Future Producer alumni, and was selected for the BFI's Insight Producer Programme, supporting the next generation of producers bringing original films to the screen. Gannesh was an Associate Producer on 512 Hours With Marina Abramovic, which premiered at CPH: DOX and was broadcast on Sky Arts, and is the producer of Puffling, a short doc, which had its World Premiere at SXSW. His first feature documentary as lead producer, the BFI Doc Society-supported If the Streets Were on Fire, had its World Premiere at the 66th BFI London Film Festival, where it was selected as one of the Evening Standard's picks of the festival, and won second place in the LFF Audience Award. It will be broadcast on Storyville in late 2023.