As the deadline approaches for submitting shorts to ASFF 2017, we look closer at this year’s Jury who will be selecting the award winners. £1,000 prize money is offered to the Festival Winner and the recipient of the Northern Film School Award for Best Screenplay. Audiences are invited to vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice and there will be a winning for each genre. Previous winners at ASFF have gone on to achieve further award success, including wins at the Oscars (Stutterer, Benjamin Cleary, in 2016) and BAFTAs (The Bigger Picture, Daisy Jacobs, in 2015) and have broadened their audience beyond the film festival circuit.

The Jury:

Adam Gee, Producer, ArkAngel Productions
Award-winning producer and commissioner Adam specialises in short form/online video and digital interactivity. He is one of the most experienced commissioners in UK broadcasting of TV-based multiplatform. Recent shorts series include Naked & Invisible and Drones in Forbidden Zones. His transmedia projects range from Embarrassing Bodies to Don’t Stop The Music. Adam has won over 80 international awards for his productions, including four BAFTAs, an Emmy and the Grand Award at the New York International Film & Television Festival.

Andrew Fryer, School of Film, Music & Performing Art, Leeds Beckett University
Andrew Fryer is Dean of the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University. He is a songwriter and music producer with 20 years of experience in the music industry, working for Warner Chappell Music, Polydor Records, BBC TV and radio, film production companies, numerous independent record labels, as well as building and running his own recording studios.

Christine Morrow, Short Film Executive, Northern Ireland Screen
Christine began working for Northern Ireland Screen in January 2004. She is currently working on several initiatives through the Northern Ireland Screen BFI Net.Work initiative. Shorts to Features is development scheme to encourage emerging talent to develop proof of concept short films with a view to eventual feature production. She also manages Net.Workshops for emerging talent covering all aspects of the production process. She also manages the Short Film Calls, currently run on a bi-annual basis.

Isabelle Croissant, Programme Manager, Digital & Creative Development, HOME
Isabelle works at HOME, Manchester’s new international multi arts venue. She programmes and produces events and schemes that aim to showcase and develop creative talents and forge connection between practitioners in all creative sectors. She manages Filmed Up, HOME’s regular regional short film night and was the co-director of exposures UK student Film Festival, which ran for 18 years at Cornerhouse.

Jane Roscoe, Director, The London Film School
Jane Roscoe joined The London Film School as Director in 2014. She comes to LFS with over 20 years experience as an academic and broadcaster in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. At the Australian Film, Television & Radio School, she launched the Centre for Screen Studies & Research, and led a number of large-scale industry-focussed research projects. She has been Network Programmer at Australia’s SBS Television, and was responsible for launching SBS Two. More recently, as the UK-based Head of International Content at SBS, she acquired world feature films in a wide variety of languages, and brokered an impressive slate of international co-productions.

Lydia Beilby, Short Film Programmer, Edinburgh International Film Festival
Born in York, England in 1984, Lydia Beilby is a moving image artist, curator and educator. Lydia has held the position of Short Film Programmer for Edinburgh International Film Festival, the world’s longest continuously running film festival, since 2010, and has served on juries and panels in Canada, Kosovo, Germany, Austria and the UK, collaborated with BAFTA on numerous panels and hosted workshops for educational institutions.

Matimba Kabalika, Talent Development Manager, BFI NET.WORK
Matimba looks after the talent development programme BFI NETWORK and manages the accompanying website. She originally joined the BFI in June 2012 as Assistant to Ben Roberts. Before joining the BFI she spent four years at Partizan, where she worked in production on commercials, music videos and short films, working with an array of emerging and established directing talent.

Philip Ilson, Director, London Short Film Festival
Philip Ilson is the Director of the London Short Film Festival (LSFF), which he co-founded with Kate Taylor in 2004 after the organisation of the Halloween Short Film Festival at the ICA in 2003. A premier showcase for cutting-edge UK independent film, LSFF is renowned for its innovative cross-arts programming and showcase of the country’s raw talent for 14 years.

Philip Sindall, Association of Camera Operators
Philip Sindall studied film production at Harrow College of Technology and Art, before being lucky enough to secure a post as an assistant film cameraman at the BBC. After 7 years he moved on to pursue his dream of being a freelance features Camera Operator, which became a reality on Paperhouse in 1987.

Robbie Gibbon, Editor
Robbie has worked as an editor and assistant editor on numerous productions including Face of an Angel, The Trip, Mad Fat Diary, The Casual Vacancy, and is currently working on the BBC production, Doctor Who. This has given him the opportunity to work with some highly influential filmmakers including Michael Winterbottom, Tim Kirkby and Rowan Athale, all of whom have helped shape his own style. Outside of his editing work, Robbie continues to develop his own projects collaborating and developing relationships with talented filmmakers. He currently has a sitcom in development with producers Crispin Leyser and Deepak Nayar, and has a number of projects including The Chef, Hand it Back and Such is Life on a festival run.

Sarah Ahern, Programmer, Fantastic Flix & Short Film & Projects Manager, ADIFF
Sarah Ahern programmes short films and the young people’s strand, Fantastic Flix, at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival (ADIFF) and has been with the Festival full time for 3 years. Before that she worked in Film & TV Production and Graphic Design. Sarah’s role at ADIFF is integrated closely with the programming team and spreads across projects management, audience development, industry engagement and key festival relationships with partners and funders.

Stephen Whelan, Founder, Executive Producer, White Lodge
Stephen Whelan is the founder and Executive Producer of White Lodge, an award winning creative strategy and production house offering high-end content for the fashion, luxury and lifestyle industries. White Lodge was founded in 2011 having identified a niche and need for moving image content commissioned by brands increasingly aware of their presence in the digital space.

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1. ASFF 2016. Photo: Jim Poyner