Oxygen Films are the entirely non-profit, self-funded film production company behind a series of gripping short and feature-length films. Based in Leeds, Oxygen are managed by a group of passionate young people intent on raising further discussion through enthralling fictional film. We are proud to continue creating provocative and thought-provoking content on such challenging topics as mental health, sexuality and identity.
Managing Director Gage Oxley won the Love Arts Award for his work surrounding accurate representation of these important issues in 2016, was nominated for a National Diversity Award in the LGBTQ* Role Models category in 2017 and alongside Oxygen Films in the company award in 2018. In 2018, Oxygen Films was recognised for its work with young creatives and artists, being nominated for the Community Organisation of the Year at the Leeds City Council Compassionate City Awards.
At the heart of what we do is our audience. We know that film has the power to change lives, minds and hearts; and that is a responsibility we do not take lightly. Our first major feature-length film “Beneath the Shadows” worked with the NHS’ MindMate, and directly signposted several audience members to access the mental health services they need and deserved.
Our past LGBTQ*-themed films have given us opportunity to connect with those struggling to come to terms with their sexuality, but have felt inspired and confident to be their true selves after our films sparking discussions and debates between families and friends. Our last short film, “Pulse”, explored the rise in homophobia and reflected on gun violence in the aftermath of one of America’s deadliest mass shootings which targeted a gay nightclub.
This is why we make film, and we are so excited to continue collaborating with incredible visionary young people on the issues we feel need talking about.