Who We Are

Emergence Films is a Film and TV development and production company based in London, Los Angeles and Seattle that is committed to supporting female-identifying filmmakers and underrepresented storytellers around the world. We aim to explore new ways to tell stories that showcase strong, complex and multidimensional women.

We believe it’s time for diverse and inclusive perspectives to emerge more strongly in the entertainment industry, and we are committed to helping make this a reality.

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The Team

Sienna Beckman

Head of Development and Production - (London & Los Angeles)
Sienna’s passion has always been hiring more women. Working in LA for 10 years, Sienna produced content for NBCUniversal, Scott Free Productions, Verizon go90, Esquire TV, Refinery29, Prettybird Entertainment, Astronauts Wanted, and Disney Maker Studios, among others. Her short film BIRTHDAY BOY was executive produced by Jean-Marc Vallee (Director of Big Little Lies & WILD) and is now streaming on HBO.

Sienna was Head of Production for YouTube influencer Anna Akana (2.5M+ subscribers) where she produced over 30 scripted and sketch videos, totalling 12M+ views, including viral video “How to Not Get Raped” and a 12-episode comedy series “Search Bar” with Fullscreen Media. Now based in London, Sienna is an active member of Women in Film & TV UK and TimesUp UK, and she hosts a speed-networking event series to promote hiring more female crew members, creatives, and technicians.
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Rachel Noll James

Head of Creative - (Los Angeles & Seattle)
Rachel is the award-winning screenwriter and producer of feature films THE STORYTELLER and DON’T PASS ME BY and multiple award-winning short film PARAMNESIA. She was also the recipient of the Silver Prize in the PAGE Screenwriting Awards 2015 and Best Feature Writer at LA Femme Festival 2014. Rachel wrote and directed the short film HALF LIGHT which received exclusive distribution through Seed & Spark, and a 10 minute proof of concept for the female driven Western FOLLOW THE RIVER which won Honorable Mention at the Port Orchard Film Festival in 2018. Rachel is passionate about bringing the female gaze to stories and genres traditionally dominated by a male perspective.
Natalie Mitchell

Natalie Mitchell

Development Producer (LA & San Francisco)
Natalie Mitchell is a development producer based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California. Natalie holds a BFA from the University of California Santa Barbara and an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is currently developing feature film 30 CAMELS, which is based on her true story of her experience as a young American woman getting purchased into marriage in Morocco, which was in the final round for the Sundance Film Theater Lab.

Natalie has directed multiple one person shows including, Hot Dates, which was ‘Critics Choice’ at the Hollywood Fringe in 2017. She also worked for 3 years as an Associate Producer for Sterling K. Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe, producing and assisting in projects for ViaCom, Netflix, and CBS.

Miquel Sierra Altarriba

Development Researcher
Miquel Sierra Altarriba is the Development Researcher for Emergence Films. His previous experience includes his contribution as a content producer intern to the BBC’s 50:50 Equality Project promotional campaign, and he has been selected for the award-winning Change 100 internship program for summer 2022. As a final year film student at the University of Westminster, he is specialising in writing and producing, with an aim to kick-start a career in film development and production when he graduates. Miquel’s interests cover a wide range of genres and formats, including queer cinema, horror films, pop music videos and Catalan cinema.

Kelsie Pool

Social Media Manager
Kelsie’s academic background includes a degree in Marketing from Napier University, as well as currently studying for a Masters in PR at Westminster University. Throughout her undergrad degree, she gained extensive experience in content creation and social media marketing through freelance projects. With her specialised skills in social media, she will be working as Emergence Films Social Media manager while she studies. With a particular interest in working on PR and Marketing within the creative industries, she aims to kick-start a career within the Film and TV industry when she graduates. As someone who grew up care experienced, Kelsie aims to be a champion for widening participation within industries like film.


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