Industry Sessions Speakers 2018

Find out more about the ASFF Speakers who will join us from 7 - 11 November 2018 to share their expertise in the film, fashion, advertising and music industries. Their events will take on a range of formats including panels, industry sessions, drop-in meet-and-greets and informal Q&A sessions at Official Selection film screenings.

Alice Lowe

Actress and Writer

Alice Lowe is an actress and writer, known for her roles in dark comedies like Sightseers and Hot Fuzz. Working across TV and film, she has appeared in cult series such as Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Little Britain.

Bec Evans

Dazed Media
Head of Video Development

Bec Evans is Head of Video Development at Dazed; she works across Dazed Media’s publications to direct, produce, programme and  commission in conjunction with editorial and commercial teams.

Chris Shepherd

Independent Filmmaker

Chris Shepherd is a multi-award-winning director, writer and producer. From his directorial debut for Channel 4 in 1997 with The Broken Jaw. Chris has worked on many renowned TV Shows and commercials.

Craig McNeil

Beggars Group
Director of Creative Projects

Craig is Director of Creative Projects at the Beggars Group of Labels. He joined Beggars in 1995 and has worked with artists including Adele, Dizzee Rascal, Jack White, British Sea Power, Interpol, Daughter and The xx.

Daniel Fraga

Creative Strategist
Somewhere Else

Daniel is a Creative Strategist at Somewhere Else. The London-based agency specialises in virtual reality, and helps clients tell powerful stories with immersive technologies. He is also a guest lecturer at CREA Genève.

Fraser Ayres

TriForce Creative Network

Fraser Ayres is a multi-award-winning actor / writer / director and CEO and co-founder of The TriForce Creative Network. Ayres has also produced and managed events and projects on a variety of scales through The TCN.

Greg McLeod

The Brothers McLeod

Greg McLeod forms one half of The Brothers McLeod, a BAFTA winning writer-illustrator team known for their animations. Their most recent film Marfa had its world premiere at the 2018 edition of Sundance.

Jason Wood

Artistic Director: Film

Artistic Director at Film at HOME, Manchester, and Professor of Film at both Manchester School of Art and the University of Salford, Jason Wood is also an author of books on cinema, and co-director of Always (crashing).

Jed Ashforth

Realised Realities

Realised Realities is an Immersive Experience Consultancy based in Manchester, UK. Founders Simon Benson and Jed Ashforth realised the wider possibilities and potential of Virtual Reality on PlayStation(TM) 4.

Johannes Richter

FX Lead Artist

Johannes Richter has had a varied and illustrious career in the VFX industry, with over 10 years’ experience. As FX Lead Artist at Framestore, Johannes’ credits boast an array of Hollywood productions.

Julian Foddy

VFX Supervisor
Industrial Light & Magic

Before entering the world of visual effects, Julian was a international DJ. He decided on a change, enrolled at Derby University to study Games Design and Digital Entertainment, and worked his way to joining ILM in 2015.

Kate O’Hara

iFeatures Executive
Creative England

Kate is the iFeatures Executive at Creative England. She takes overall responsibility for the design and running of the strand, including managing submissions, as well as the development and production process.

Katie McCullough

Festival Formula

Katie McCullough is the founder of Festival Formula, a consultancy company focusing on festival strategy. The company creates personalised plans for filmmakers looking to circulate their work further.

Lauren Dark

Commissioning Executive
Film 4

Lauren Dark is a Commissioning Executive at Film4, focusing on new talent. Prior to that she worked as an Producer with Stray Bear Productions and in development and production at Ken Loach’s Sixteen Films.

Luke Toyne


Luke’s first credit as producer was the first music promo to be shot in HD was for the Sneaker Pimps. Since then, he has specialised in branded content and TV commercials for the likes of Saatchi & Saatchi, Sky and ITV.

Lynn Nwokorie

Film Officer

Starting out in production for features, commercials and museum projects in both the US and UK, Lynn has since worked across various exhibition and distribution for renowned national festivals and organisations.

Marcel Karst

Head of Theatrical Sales

Marcel has been working in film distribution and sales for several years. Knowing the distribution landscape inside out, he has worked on numerous acclaimed releases such as Whitney: Can I Be Me and Mountain.

Mark Cousins


Cousins is an acclaimed filmmaker, writer, professor and curator, who has worked with BBC and Edinburgh International Film Festival. His latest release, Orson Welles: A Portrait of the Artist, premiered at Cannes.

Matt Greenhalgh


Matt Greenhalgh began his film career with the release of Control in 2007. His following releases include Lenon biopic Nowhere Boy, as well as Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. He is currently writing for Studiocanal.

Merlin Crossingham

Creative Director of Wallace & Gromit
Aardman Animation

Merlin joined Aardman as an animator in 1996. He has since specialised in Wallace & Gromit, and in 2009 took on the role of Creative Director for the brand, as well as working on new releases such as Early Man.

Mick Audsley


Mick Audsley is one of the leading film editors in UK and the US with more than 40 feature credits to his name, including Interview with the Vampire, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Dangerous Liaisons and Allied.

Minnie Ayres

TriForce Creative Network

Minnie and Fraser set up TriForce Productions in 2015, exec producing their first commission in November 2016, Sorry, I Didn’t Know, an inclusive comedy panel show about black history, for ITV2’s Fresh season.

Myles McLeod

The Brothers McLeod

Myles McLeod forms one half of The Brothers McLeod, a BAFTA winning writer-illustrator team known for their animations. Their most recent film Marfa had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2018.

Niccolò Montanari

Fashion Consultant

Niccolò Montanari is a video curator and publicist. He built his experience in fashion film as one of the founding members of Berlin Fashion Film Festival, then by set up the London-based event The Commissioners.

Noe Mendelle

Scottish Documentary Institute

Noe started her film career with Steel Bank Films, a C4 film workshop. She is an experienced director, producer and exec producer, having worked on numerous award-winning and highly popular documentaries.

Phoebe Roberts


Phoebe looks after The Artangel Collection, a body of moving image works commissioned by Artangel. She collaborates with the likes of Tate and with curatorial colleagues across the UK to exhibit these innovative pieces.

Richard Melman

Managing Director
Spring Films

Richard has produced, directed and commissioned a wealth of diverse programmes for both British and International broadcasters. Currently, he is the Executive Producer and Managing Director for Spring Films.

Sara Putt

Sara Putt Associates

Sara sits on the BAFTA Board, The BAFTA TV Committee and chairs the BAFTA Learning and New Talent Committee. She is also Deputy Chair of Women in Film and runs the freelance agency Sara Putt Associates.

Sile Culley

Sales Executive
Altitude Film

Starting out as a production manager, Síle settled in the UK after attending the National Film and Television School. She stepped into distribution at Pulse Films and joined Altitude’s Theatrical Sales team in 2017.

Simon Benson

Realised Realities

Realised Realities is an Immersive Experience Consultancy based in Manchester UK. Founders Simon Benson and Jed Ashforth realised the possibility and potential of VR on PlayStation(TM) 4.

Tom Ivin


As i-D’s in-house video director, Tom has documented a number of explosive youth culture scenes around the world, including underground ravers in Kiev and alternative LGBTQ+ nightlife in New York.

Vicky Lawton

Creative Director
The Full Service

Vicky Lawton has worked for world-renowned photographer Rankin for the last nine years, art directing and creative directing shoots for international brands and superstars such as Heidi Klum and Miley Cyrus.