Xavier Henry-Rashid


Managing Director of Film Republic.

Xavier started his career as a photographer and freelance journalist, publishing in Screen, Variety, Esquire, Academy (BAFTA), and as a reporter for the original BBC Films, Film247 and Yahoo Movies websites.

He later headed the Raindance Film Festival as Executive Director until 2011, making it an Academy Awards qualifying festival and continued in sponsorship for Sundance London, as a previewer for Sheffield Doc/Fest and as a consultant for the East End Film Festival, London’s largest independent film festival.

He additionally worked in acquisitions Taskovski Films, a festival bookings agency specialised in documentaries, and is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus (2013) and the Media and Locarno funded Step In initiatives.

He programmes, since its inception, for the Victoria TX Independent Film Festival, and has been involved with several charities including Cancer Research UK, the Matema Educational Trust, and created a training programme for disadvantaged children on behalf of the Independent Film Trust.