Rebecca Yeldham is an English film producer and director. She was born on the 9th of September 1967 in Sydney, New South Wales in Australia. In 1989, she moved to the USA to pursue B.A. in Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. She has been the Sundance Film Festival’s Senior Film Programmer and the Associate Director of International Programs (Sundance Institute). From the year 1996 to 2000, her job was to select movies for the festival and create initiatives worldwide to support the emerging film writers, producers, and directors. Rebecca had managed FilmFour ( an arm of Channel Four in the UK) in its production office in the US for many years. After supervising the development and production, she worked with top directors like Alison Maclean, Todd Haynes, David Siegel, Walter Salles and Scott McGeehee. While in FilmFour, Rebecca developed Tishomingo Blues, which is based on Elmore Leonard’s novel of the same name.
was supposed to helm the film, but in the year 2007, the said project failed to materialize. In the year 2003, she partnered with Bill Horberg (producer) on his Wonderland Films.
Their production venture includes an adaptation of the acclaimed novel, The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. In 2004, she collaborated with Walter Salles in the biopic film about Ernesto Guevara in The Motorcycle Diaries and co-produced the Brazilian film, Linha de Passe in 2008. In the same year, she has worked with the debutante, Sacha Gervasi, in the documentary film, ‘Anvil! The Story of Anvil’, which is based on the story of the Canadian heavy metal band called Anvil. Rebecca and Walter Salles had their reunion in the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road in the year 2012. In 2015, she co-produced the American-Australian psychological thriller film,
, which marks the directorial debut of
. In 2009, when Richard Radon resigned, Rebecca took the spot and became the director of the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Before this, she has served the executive board of the Film Independent. Rebecca is married to
, an American screenwriter, producer, and director and they have one son. She received the News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming for her work in Anvil! The Story of Anvil and earned a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language for The Kite Runner in 2007.