ASFF 2017 Jury

Find out more about the jury of industry professionals selecting the recipients of the awards at ASFF 2017.

Adam Gee

Little Dot Studios/Real Stories

Specialising in short form/online video and digital interactivity, Adam is one of the most experienced commissioners in UK broadcasting of TV-based multiplatform. He has won over 80 international awards, including four BAFTAs, an Emmy and the Grand Award at the New York International Film & TV 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, working for Warner Chappell Music, Polydor Records, BBC TV and radio, and numerous independent record labels.

Christine Morrow

Northern Ireland Screen

Christine is short film executive at Northern Ireland Screen. She is currently working on several initiatives through the Northern Ireland Screen BFI Net.Work initiative. Shorts to Features is a development scheme encouraging the development of proof-of-concept short films with a view to eventual feature production.

Gisli Snaer

The London Film School

Gisli Snaer is a dedicated and passionate educator, and currently Acting Director &  Head of Studies at the London Film School, and former Head of The Puttnam School of Film, LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore. Gisli channels his creativity through the art of photography, media, film and storytelling.

Isabelle Croissant


Isabelle works at HOME, Manchester’s new international multi arts venue. She programmes events that aim to showcase and develop creative talents and forge connection between practitioners in all creative sectors. She also manages Filmed Up, HOME’s regular regional short film night.

Lydia Beilby

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Lydia Beilby is a moving image artist, curator and educator. Lydia has been Short Film Programmer for Edinburgh International Film Festival since 2010, has served on juries and panels internationally, collaborated with BAFTA on numerous panels, and hosted several workshops.

Matimba Kabalika

Talent Manager, BFI NET.WORK

Matimba looks after the talent development programme BFI NETWORK and the accompanying website. She joined BFI in 2012 after she spent four years at Partizan working on a number of projects including production on commercials and music videos.

Philip Ilson

Director, London Short Film Festival

Philip is the Director of the London Short Film Festival, which he co-founded in 2004. A premier showcase for film, LSFF is renowned for its programming and being a platform for raw talent. Alongside his work at LSFF, he is also a short film programmer for the BFI London Film Festival.

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


Robbie has worked as an editor and assistant editor on productions including Face of an Angel, The Trip, Mad Fat Diary, The Casual Vacancy, and is currently working on Doctor Who. Outside of his editing work, Robbie continues to develop his own projects collaborating and developing relationships with filmmakers.

Sarah Ahern

Programmer & Manager, ADIFF

Sarah Ahern programmes short films and the young people’s strand, Fantastic Flix, at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival (ADIFF). Sarah’s role at ADIFF spreads across projects management, audience development, industry engagement and key festival relationships with partners and funders.

Stephen Whelan

Pulse Films

Stephen Whelan is Head of Branded Entertainment at Pulse Films, responsible for helping grow the division within the company. Whelan joined the London Pulse Films Team in 2016 and is an integral part of their emerging international output, offering contemporary and culturally relevant content across all platforms.

ASFF 2017 Northern Film School Best Screenplay Jury

Annabelle Pangborn

Director of the Northern Film School

Annabelle Pangborn trained as a musician and composer at the London College of Music, and as a filmmaker at the Royal College of Art. She has worked in film and television as a composer and sound designer on award winning drama, documentary, dance film and experimental animation. She is also a writer and has produced films through her own production company which have been released through Columbia Tri Star.

Cherie Federico

Editor, Aesthetica Magazine

Cherie is the Editor of Aesthetica Magazine and the Director of the BAFTA Recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). Originally from New York, Cherie moved to the UK in 2002 to study for her Masters degree and founded Aesthetica, which she has developed into an international brand distributed in 525 stores in the UK and exported to 20 countries. Interested in visual culture, setting up ASFF has been a career highlight.

Dan Weldon

Lecturer at the Northern Film School

For 25 years, Dan Weldon produced critically acclaimed feature films and documentaries that won major awards in Cannes, Berlin and Edinburgh. As a writer/director, he has also written a number of commissioned screenplays for the likes of Stephen Frears, Amblin Pictures and Channel Four Films. Dan still writes and makes films, but he spends his time teaching as a Senior Lecturer at Northern Film School.

Sarah Turner

Director of Research in the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent

Sarah trained at St Martin’s School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. She is an artist, filmmaker, writer, curator and academic. Her feature films include Ecology, 97mins, 2007, Perestroika, 118mins, 2009 and Perestroika:Reconstructed. Her latest feature, Public House, 96 mins, premiered in the Documentary competition at LFF 2015 and was nominated for the Grierson Award.