British director and actress Paloma Baeza is a graduate of the National Film and Television School, where her work predominantly developed the stop motion puppeteered animation of BAFTA and Annie-winning short film, Poles Apart. Paloma also co-wrote short film Watchmen with Cillian Murphy and was named one of Variety’s Top 10 Animators to Watch. Using furry puppets and subtle humour, Poles Apart tells the tale of a polar bear (voiced by Helena Bonham Carter) and a grizzly bear (voiced by Joseph May) forging an unlikely friendship in the Arctic. The puppets were made by Mackinnon and Saunders. Paloma has been developing The Toymaker’s Secret with Sony Tristar, a feature film that she will direct, based on a script by Academy Award nominee Alex Garland (Annihilation, The Beach, Ex Machina); as well as an animated biopic of Frida Kahlo with Lupus Films and the BFI.