Helen Cotton

Founder & CEO

Tell us about your background.
I started my career in television after graduating from Sussex University. I worked on television commercials for Spanish based Palma Pictures and then directed and produced series television for Discovery Networks Europe.

In 2006, I undertook an MA in Cultural History at Goldsmiths College, University of London. My thesis explored the power of film to effect social change in rural communities in Africa. During this time I also  produced and co–directed my first feature length documentary, Where the Water Meets the Sky.  I saw first hand the powerful effects of film to serve as a catalyst for social change and this became the inspiration for See Change Films.

What do you do with See Change films?
I am the founder and CEO of See Change Films. It’s my job to implement our strategy and vision. Alongside my team, I work to devise and run a range of training programmes that encourage groups and individuals to tell their story through film. I also oversee the production side of our work, collaborating closely with our clients to ensure that the films we produce for them deliver their messages in a clear and compelling way.

Why did you start See Change films?
I founded See Change Films because I believe in the power of filmmaking to create change. Stories are bridges to understanding. Films bring stories alive. They enlighten, challenge and connect us.

If you could change one thing, what would it be?
The change I would like to see in the world is that people with lived experience of social issues become part of the dialogue for change. I believe that this would accelerate change and create a more just and compassionate society.