Graduate Ibrahim Ahmed (BA Film & Media Production, 2021) has created his own film company, Steel Films. “Steel Films focusses on creating raw, real and authentic documentaries that stay true to the stories being told” The idea for developing his own film company first emerged during his second year of study when he undertook to make a short documentary about a local youth club, as part of a module. This piece of work got Ibrahim interested in creating more documentaries, shining a light on “hidden communities” within Sheffield society. “My experience of making this documentary made me proud of the city that I was born and raised in, and it inspired and motivated me to continue to be on the lookout for other stories around the city of Sheffield”. Steel Films is still at the early stages as a company, but Ibrahim has at least two film projects currently in production.
His ambition is for Steel Films to become an award winning film company producing critically claimed feature documentaries. One of his documentaries has already been submitted to the Aesthetica Film Festival (November 2021) in York. Ibrahim hopes that the extensive exposure his film will receive will help him expand his network and put him in contact with potential film collaborators and financiers. A further two films will be submitted to Sheffield Doc-Fest. Ibrahim has also been featured on the BBC 3 Life Through My Lens series, which features young and talented film makers. In the future, Steel Films will branch into documentaries highlighting community stories from across the UK and beyond.