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Ed Hancox is a filmmaker based in Texas, where is currently a candidate in the M.F.A. Film Production program at the University of Texas at Austin. His 2016 documentary film 219 was a BAFTA finalist and premiered at the Academy Award®-qualifying Palm Springs ShortFest. When it was released on the BBC’s on-demand service iPlayer, it was among the top ten most-streamed programs nationwide. Radio Times – the UK’s most prestigious TV guide – listed the “excellent” film as one of “5 things to watch right now”.
Ed is a director and cinematographer for BBC Three’s Amazing Humans. His December 2017 report on a 77-year old ballet dancer was a viral sensation and the most-viewed film in the strand’s history, with 40 million views on Facebook alone. Previously, Ed was based in London, where he worked as Online Producer for Unreported World, Channel 4’s foreign affairs documentary strand. He also produced for Channel 4 News. He has worked for international broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, the CBC (Canada), SBS (Australia) and NRK (Norway). In 2011-12, Ed spent 18 months working in Tunisia, where he produced documentaries about the aftermath of the Tunisian Revolution and helped set up an online video platform for citizen journalists. He is currently working as a freelance director for the BBC and Channel 4, based in Bristol, England.