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Obstacle Films is a film production studio led by BIFA-nominated filmmaker Oliver Nias, Creative Partner and filmmaker Matt Roberts, Executive Producer Hugo Peers (MJZ, Sonny London, Independent Entertainment) and Assistant Producer Erin Hughes. Founded in 2012, our fine-tuned services work in harmony to produce emotive Adverts, leading Arts & Culture films, emotionally intelligent Corporate films and award-winning Original narrative films.​​

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Obstacle Films is the home of film with heart. We collaborate with care and work within precision processes. Our people first approach allows creativity to flourish, clarity to reign and brings enjoyment to all.​​

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Oliver Nias

Founder  |  Director


Oliver Nias is a BIFA-nominated filmmaker. He has been making films for over 17 years and is known for emotive ads and high concept movies. He started making films while studying English Literature at University College London. He is an avid reader to this day. He founded Obstacle Films in 2012.


Creative Director


Matt Roberts is known for people-centric creative direction. He is the storytelling force behind over one hundred ad campaigns. He began his career as founder and artistic director of new writing company Papatango, directed for BAFTA-winning writer Dominic Mitchell and has since written and directed a Disney-bought movie.


Executive Producer


During his time at Sonny London and MJZ, Hugo Peers was involved with some of largest commercial ad campaigns of the last decade. He started in film at Independent Entertainment and Future Films before heading to Steam Media. His life’s quest is to travel the world and sample its foods.


Head of Sound


Grammy nominated music producer and audio specialist Sam Featherstone has worked on award-winning films and with multi-platinum selling recording artists. His first feature film credit came with British independent filEveryone's Going to Die, producing composer Charlie Simpson's original score. He was post-production supervisor on Obstacle's BIFA-nominated feature film The Return.

Erin Hughes

Assistant Producer


Erin Hughes works across every production at Obstacle Films, from our original short films to our international productions. She trained in contemporary dance at Trinity Laban and is a prolific contributor to creative projects in arts & culture. She is co-founder of Birthday Fish Theatre where she writes and performs physical theatre.

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