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. It was also nominated for Best Documentary at the 2021 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) and long-listed for a BAFTA.
In summer 2021, they delivered FOOTBALL & ME, an intimate 6x6 series shot during lockdown, commissioned by the Football Association (FA). Promoting diversity across the sport, the campaign debuted during South-East Asian Heritage Month via the FA's digital platforms.
Previous commissions include content for the BBC, BFI Network, Film London, Screen Australia, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and The Sydney Morning Herald, with international festival credits also including Sundance, Tribeca, Hot Docs, Sydney and Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Writer-director Rubika Shah is also a BAFTA Breakthrough awardee. Prior to lockdown, she completed two back-to-back campaigns with Grain Media for Google, the UN and Walls/Unilever via agencies adam&eve and AMV BBDO.