Manto Films, a video agency has relocated to a larger studio to accommodate its expanded team and enable new services for an impressive roster of clients.

The talented team of film makers, who offer award-winning brand videos and content, product videos, animation videos, corporate videos, social media videos, talking head videos, documentaries, TV adverts and drone filming, have moved into a 1,100 sqft office in Leeds, kitting it out with preloved furniture and materials. Growing from 4-9 members of staff, latest hires include Sophie Bodenham as Studio Manager and Charlotte Callaghan as Editor/Motion Designer.

MD Paul Broadie explains: “We’ve been working hard to minimise our environmental impact as a business, so we made a conscious effort to fit out the new office with furniture sourced entirely from charity shops and Facebook Marketplace, built our own storage area with materials from Leeds Wood Recycling, and created our own wall murals and artwork using paint from a local charity. It’s made for a really distinctive space that we all love working in.

“Now we have a dedicated filming studio where we can create more great content for our clients and our own team projects, offer more training and work experience to students from local colleges and universities, and eventually we want to open it up to the local creative community. Over the next two years we want to increase turnover by 25% and create two development positions for talented young filmmakers.”

Manto’s long-term clients include Bettys, Yorkshire Tea and the Taylors of Harrogate brands, as well as Yorkshire Cancer Research and G4S. Major client wins over the past year include Leeds City Council, NaughtOne, Boxphish, Powerleague, Cartwright & Butler and Airedale. Manto also operates a successful test project programme, where staff are given time and resource to produce personal passion projects.

Paul adds: “The test project programme has helped to stretch ourselves creatively and technically, and enabled us to produce more innovative and groundbreaking content for our clients.”