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Elisabeth Pinto

Elisabeth started her career as production and technical assistant for Maverick Television in Birmingham, before moving to London to work on a number of short films. Following a Development Executive training scheme run by the Film Council and FT2, Elisabeth worked as a freelance script reader and editor for companies including Impact Pictures and Focus Features.

In 2004, Elisabeth produced Rare Books And Manuscripts, a 10mn 35mm romantic comedy based on a Toby Litt short story. A recipient of an award from the Film Council Completion Fund, it premiered at the 2005 Edinburgh Film Festival and has screened at numerous festivals, both in the UK and abroad; it now features on the BBC Film Network and was the British selection for a special screening commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome at the 2007 Brussels Short Film Festival.

Further shorts include comedy horror Night of the Hell-Hamsters, comedy drama Hoopla! and sci-fi short/promo Eel Girl.

Night of the Hell Hamsters, whose crew include visual fx specialists from Lord of the Rings, Sin City and The Da Vinci Code, is currently touring the festival circuit and developing a strong cult following. Hoopla! has recently finished post-production and will be screening at its first festivals soon.

In March 2007, Elisabeth completed the pilot Samuelson Skillset Producer Training Programme, a scheme aiming to fast-track the prospects of up-and-coming feature film producers.