SLEEPWALKER was co-founded in 2017 by Xenia Glen and Daniel Bayle. Their slate of films is supported by awards from the Film and Television Charity and the Ex-Animo Foundation, it includes narrative features, experimental short form and documentary films.
Alongside Sleepwalker, Xenia joined the BAFTA nominated production company Misfits Entertainment in 2018 where she works across development and production. Before joining Misfits Entertainment Xenia worked at Shooting People - the filmmakers network where she developed and produced SHORT CUTS, a filmmakers mentorship scheme and film fund; she also worked on SP’s film commissions for Puma’s Films4Peace and Channel 4’s Random Acts. Alongside this Xenia worked across the London Short Film Festival, the Jameson First Shot film competition, and at Casting Networks International. The latest film Xenia produced was PORCELAIN, an experimental short film that explores skin lightening and its commercialisation in South East Asia. The film was awarded the Last Word Film Fund and it was featured at the Roundhouse Festival. Prior to this Xenia was selected for the Encounters Film Festival mentorship scheme ‘Widening the Lens’, where she received mentorship from Neon Films. Since then Xenia has been awarded film funding from the Ex-Animo Foundation and the Film and TV Charity; she is the youngest ever awardee of the charity’s John Brabourne Award. Most recently in 2019, Xenia’s upcoming short film TABULA RASA was shortlisted for the BBC/BFI Born Digital Scheme, and she was also selected for the BFI NETWORK X BAFTA Crew filmmaker development programme.
Daniel was born in London and initially trained as an actor at LAMDA on a dance and drama scholarship, graduating from the BA course in 2004. He began writing and directing professionally in 2010 and went on to co-founded Firehouse Films, a platform for filmmakers to experiment and hone their skills. The fourteen films produced screened at festivals internationally. In 2015 Daniel wrote/directed the award winning short film I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU starring Screen International Star of Tomorrow McKell David. The film premiered at the London Short Film Festival. After receiving a R&D grant from Arts Council England in 2016, Daniel directed YOLO, a verbatim theatre piece investigating teenage attitudes towards sex, the internet and body-image. He toured the UK, broadening YOLO’s engagement by running free acting workshops with youths aged 14-18 with no experience of theatre or acting. Since then Daniel has developed a slate of film projects with Xenia Glen including the award winning PORCELAIN - funded through the Ex-Animo Foundation, MUTE, BOUND and FOXHOLE, as well as working as director and editor on commercials for Ralph Lauren, Martini, Grey Goose, Savoy Hotel and the W Hotel. In 2018 Daniel was selected for the BFI NETWORK X BAFTA CREW filmmaker development scheme.