Cannes Docs


Original title: Conscious

Directed by: Suki Chan

Produced by: Aimara Reques (Aconite Productions, Scotland), Teresa Grimes (Conscious Productions Studio, England)

Country of production: Scotland, England

Runtime: 90'

Expected release: May, 2025

Production stage: Editing

Budget: $654 223 (74% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Festivals/Sales Agents/Distributors/Gap financing


“Conscious” is a hopeful and cinematic experience, taking us closer to understanding the strength and frailty of the human mind. Through the lens of dementia, the film explores what it means to be conscious. What can a neuroscientist and three people living with dementia tell us about consciousness in a technological age?

Director’s profile:

Suki Chan is an established British film artist. Her films take audiences on an immersive journey and shine a light on subjects that challenge and destabilise our understanding of reality. Chan seeks out narratives that explore alternative ways of looking at the world. Her passion is to change perception and build empathy for other people’s experiences. Suki is a recipient of the 2020 Film London’s FLAMIN Productions Award, a major award supported by Arts Council England and a member of BAFTA Connect and Women In Film & TV (WFTV). CONSCIOUS is her first feature documentary.

Producer’s profile:

Aimara Reques is an award-winning producer and the CEO of Aconite Productions, the award-winning company behind films such as the ambitious AQUARELA, which premiered in Venice in 2018 and was shortlisted for the Oscars in 2020, and Electric Malady, which was nominated for a BAFTA and premiered in competition at CPH:DOX 2022. Aimara has over 30 years of experience in the film industry and has collaborated with a number of internationally renowned directors and producers. She is also a winner of two BAFTA Scotland Awards; a Fox Searchlight Award; an Amnesty International Media Award; and the Golden Star Award from El Gouna Film Festival.