A Film Collective Unlike Any Other

The BUREAU is dedicated to directly-supporting and premiering the best independent filmmakers working in short film. Our studio is unique in three ways,

  1. We are a bottom-up, audience-funded operation,
  2. Our filmmakers retain full creative-control over their work, and
  3. Our filmmakers own their films. Period. 

We act as a bridge between our filmmakers and an engaged audience that believes in the value of supporting short films and the talented people behind them. The BUREAU is a place to watch, to support, and to create honest, powerful short films without committee.

As filmmakers and film enthusiasts, we share a responsibility to not only create and encourage quality films, but to provide a sustainable environment where filmmakers feel supported, and have access to the tools that they need to experiment and share their stories.

Hollywood has turned its back on independent short films.
— Bureau Co-Founder, Mike Ambs

The Team Behind the BUREAU

 Photo by Erica Hampton

Photo by Erica Hampton

ERICA HAMPTON, Co-Founder & Project Director

Erica co-founded The BUREAU to help spark a much-needed conversation around the value of short films and the importance of supporting the artists behind them. 

In 2012, she produced her first feature documentary, For Thousands of Miles. A genre-bending project selected by IFP for a year long Labs program. It was here, during her time in NYC, alongside so many other amazing, independent filmmakers, that an interest in building a better support system around indie films took root.

 Photo by Erica Hampton

Photo by Erica Hampton

MIKE AMBS, Co-Founder & Strategy

Mike has an obsessive interest in the relationships between technology and filmmaking, alternative distribution strategies, and independent creators.

A self-taught filmmaker whose work and experience ranges from stop-motion animation, to docs, VR narratives, and RGBd. As a co-founder, Mike believes deeply in the importance of open collaboration, artistic freedom, and direct access between audience and filmmaker.