Xavier Henry-Rashid

Xavier Henry-Rashid

Head of Sales


Xavier started his career as a photographer and freelance journalist, publishing in Screen, Variety, Esquire, Academy (BAFTA), and as a contributor to 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 scouting for Shoreline, in acquisitions for Taskovski Films and is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus (2013) and the Media and Locarno funded Step In initiatives. Since 2015 Xavier additionally works as an assessor for projects (scripts/finance plans) submitted to the Mannheim Meeting Place, and teaches occasionally film producing courses at Met Film School, Royal Holloway, University of London and Goldsmiths College.

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.

Since 2012 he runs Film Republic, a film sales company based in London handling arthouse features by auteurs and the next generation of master filmmakers, including titles by Pirjo Honkasalo (Concrete Night), Adrian Saba (El Limpiador), Marcel Gisler (Rosie) and Rolando Colla (Seven Days). In this time the company has had 3 Academy Award entries.