African Cinema from a Female Filmmaker at the Polkadot Factory

I focus on stories about  Africa or its diaspora.

About Us

I Tell Original Stories

I am British. I am female. My heritage is African.  I love comedy. I create original stories.  I believe in the power of cinema to amplify otherwise underrepresented voices. So I tell stories with a humorous undertone to firstly entertain, with the side effect of educating and smashing misconceptions about Africa or its diaspora, across documentary and fiction from the perspective of a culturally dual female.

My  films have racked up awards and nominations from notable film institutions including but not limited to BAFTA. Having spent a few years producing and doing business affairs for independent producers, I am now focused on developing stories as a writer/director with a range of partners. 

The Factory Owner

I am Victoria Thomas, the founder and Managing Director of The Polkadot Factory, an independent production company that I founded whilst completing my MFA in Advanced Film Practice back in 2010. I started off my professional life as a lawyer but made the decision to transfer that legal experience into writing stories that illuminate injustice. 

I am an alumnus of the UK's National Film and Television School and a long list of reputable film labs. I have made both short and feature films which have screened at prestigious film festivals around the world and broadcast on TV. 

I am a voting member of BAFTA Scotland, have sat on juries for the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), Nollywood Movie Awards, Sunny Side Of The Doc (Interactive Media), Africa In Motion and the London Feminist Film Festival.


I do not accept unsolicited submissions.  I am happy to have a drink with like minded peers and build a relationship gradually which could lead to collaborations down the line.  My priority at the moment is to focus on my writing. That does not leave me with enough time or energy for other projects. 

I am passionate about changing the stereotypical narratives in cinema about Africans and women, therefore I have a preference for African female authored narratives that reflect the experiences of Africans either in Africa or its diaspora. 

Contact Us

Drop me a line!

Better yet, lets meet in person at a film festival/market!


  • European Film Market, Berlinale, February 2019

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