Lucy Martens

Director, Cinematographer and Producer


Lucy is a Director and Cinematographer for international documentaries and NGO Films. Her work has been broadcast on BBC3, BBC Storyville, PBS, ARTE and CNN. She shoots and edits films for UNHCR, UNICEF and the UN World Food Programme. Her feature length documentary "Out of the Ashes" (BBC Storyville) was co-produced by Sam Mendes and won the prominent British Documentary Award "The Griersons" for Best Newcomer Documentary in 2011. Lucy is the DoP of the full length documentary "The Speed Sisters", which premiered at Hot Docs in 2015 and has been translated in to 34 languages. She spent 2 years on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation filming the life and death of a Lakota Medicine man. The Twelve is her current project.


Olivier Girard

Director and Producer


With an accumulated 22 years expertise in marketing, illustration, design and music production, Olivier’s drive is to help create global positive change in this lifetime.

Olivier has helped manage and produce multiple projects ranging from video games, music albums, digital arts and animation films to websites or overall global image for brands.

Lucy Martens and himself are founders and directors of Cause & Effect films.


Caroline Dreesmann



Caroline began studying at NYU Tisch in New York and continued her education at MET Film School in London. She currently works as a freelance Producer and Location Manager in London. Currently she is working on a series of short films having just finished a feature film called ‘Love Sarah’ starring Celia Imrie. She also works in locations and within the production department on commercial and client content.


Leslie Knott



Leslie is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer. Her first film, Out of the Ashes, won a 2011 Grierson Award. Her films have been broadcast on Netflix, BBC, ARTE, PBS, ITV, ABC, NBC, Channel 4 and CBC. In 2013 Leslie was nominated for an Academy Award for “Buzkashi Boys” which was co-produced by the Afghan Film Project, a non-profit NGO that Leslie co-founded in 2010 to help train Afghan filmmakers and foster Afghanistan’s film industry.


Federico Albanese



Italian composer Federico Albanese, combines in his compositions minimalist piano melodies, string arrangements and electronica, taking his audience to cinematic sounds worlds which are based on elements of classic, pop and ambient music. In 2007 he founded the avant-garde duo “La Blanche Alchimie” with the singer-songwriter Jessica Einaudi. They released two albums gaining international attention and acclaim. Albanese also achieved major success as a composer for film and television with his scores being used in the international film production of “Shadows In The Distance” (2012) and Arte’s Documentary “Cinema Perverso” (2015) amongst others. Albanese made his debut as a solo-pianist in 2014 with his album “The Houseboat and the Moon”. His following 2016 release, “The Blue Hour”, presents crisp, dynamic and complexly arranged compositions. Following the release of “The Blue Hour”, Albanese performed numerous concerts across Europe including Womad Festival (UK), Montreux Jazz Festival (CH) and SXSW in Austin, Texas. Albanese’s third full-length album, "By The Deep Sea” was released in February 2018 and was followed by an international tour with a number of sold-out shows, including the notorious Elbphilarmonie in Hamburg. @federicoalbanesemusic