The company

HIGH ALTITUDE FILMS is a multi-award winning, independent media production company.  Based in the UK, it was established in 2001 by Johnny Burke and a number of other media professionals. In 2016 we won the Emmy for Outstanding Short Documentary, Tashi and the Monk.

We make beautifully shot, professionally produced, meaningful films, media and documentaries for TV broadcast, international festivals, cinema screenings and online content.

Our clients include the BBC, Channel 4, ARTE, HBO USA, Discovery, National Geographic and ABC Australia. We have created online media for the Guardian/Observer, and promotional films for UK and international charities and arts organizations, such as Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and the Royal Opera House.

The Filmmaker

Johnny Burke has worked as a self-shooting director/producer since 2005. His broadcast work includes films for HBO, the BBC and National Geographic. As well as working within the UK broadcast industry, he also makes films that have shown on the worldwide festival circuit, winning awards and nominations, such as the 2016 Emmy Outstanding Short Documentary, the IDA (International Documentary Association) Best Short Film 2015, and the Grierson Award Nomination for Best Newcomer. 

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The Editor

Editing films since 2002, Johnny has worked for all the main international broadcasters, with many of those films going on to win top awards at international festivals, such as the Grand Jury Prize at Sheffield Documentary Festival 2015, and the Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Bringing a strong narrative sense to complex stories, sometimes involving hundreds of hours of footage, he is able to bring the story to the fore, edit visually and dramatically, and knows how to pace a film allowing both depth and emotional engagement. 

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