Smoking Bear is an award-winning, independent production company founded by Ed Gibbs and Rubika Shah. Their critically acclaimed feature documentary WHITE RIOT won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the 2019 BFI London Film Festival, as well as awards at the 2020 Berlinale, Krakow and IndieLisboa film festivals. WHITE RIOT is also nominated for Best Documentary at the 2021 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).


Previous commissions include the BBC, BFI Network, Film London, Screen Australia and the ABC, and festival credits include Sundance, Tribeca, Hot Docs and Sheffield Doc/Fest.


Writer-director Rubika Shah is a 2020 BAFTA Breakthrough awardee. She recently completed two back-to-back campaigns with Grain Media, for Google, the UN and Walls/Unilever via agencies adam&eve and AMV BBDO.

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