ASFF 2018 Jury

Find out more about the jury of industry professionals selecting the recipients of the awards at ASFF 2018.

Aleks Dimitrijevic

Festival Producer
The Smalls Film Festival

Aleks is the festival producer for the Smalls Short Film Festival. After working in advertising and content for 12 years, Aleks joined The Smalls where she has put together three editions of their short film festival in London and Singapore. She also led the launch of The Smalls Film Fund.

Alice Ramsey

Development & Production Executive
Creative England

Alice works as a Development and Production Executive at Creative England as part of the BFI NETWORK, working with new and emerging filmmakers. Prior to joining Creative England, Alice Bankside Films, on projects by Amma Asante, Michael Winterbottom and David Mackenzie.

Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe

Festival Director
British Urban Film Festival

Emmanuel is the director of the British Urban Film Festival. BUFF was rated the top film festival for diversity by Metro in 2016 and continues to act as a sturdy platform for BAME filmmakers to showcase their work. Emmanuel also presents Meet The Critics on Colourful Radio.

Gideon Koppel

Artist & Filmmaker

Gideon Koppel is an artist and filmmaker, whose work has screened internationally. His debut feature Sleep Furiously won the Guardian First Feature Award in 2010. He is Professor of Film at Manchester School of Art and Associate Fellow at Green Templeton, University of Oxford.

Iain Gardner

Animation Programmer
Edinburgh International Film Festival

Iain is the short-form animation programmer and curator of the McLaren Award for the Edinburgh International Film Festival. His work as a filmmaker includes the Academy Award qualifying The Tannery (2010). In 2013, he established Animation Garden Ltd.

Jackie Okwera

Head of Development
Duck Soup Films

Jackie is head of development for Duck Soup Films, managing the company’s development slate as well as looking for new talent and projects. Prior to working with Duck Soup, Jackie worked in development and script editing for ITV and Red Production Company.

Jaime Estrada-Torres

Film Editor

With a wealth of film credits to his name and having worked with the likes of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Jaime is a Freelance Editor and Avid film products specialist and consultant. He was the head of editing at the London Film School until 2017 when he returned to freelance editing.

Julian Foddy

VFX Supervisor
Industrial Light & Magic

Julian Foddy is VFX Supervisor for Lucas Film’s Industrial Light & Magic, whose personal credits include Solo: A Star Wars Story and Ready Player One. Previous to his current role, Julian worked at Double Negative on projects with Paul Greengrass and Christopher Nolan.

Lauren Houlton

Events Programmer
Jerwood Visual Arts

Lauren is a writer and curator based in London. She works at Jerwood Visual Arts as Events Programmer, curating and delivering their public programme. In 2017 she was awarded the inaugural Michael O’Pray Prize for new writing on artists’ film. She is also a contributor to Art Monthly.

Mike Stubbs


Mike is the Director of FACT, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, the UK’s leading organisation for the commissioning and presentation of film, video and new media art forms. He has commissioned and produced over 350 exhibition programmes.

Niccolò Montanari

Fashion Film Curator and Publicist

Niccolò is a curator and publicist, focusing on fashion film. One of the Co-founders of the Berlin Fashion Film and The Commissioners, he is an authority on Fashion and the moving image, collaborating with various platforms and filmmakers to deliver film content and masterclasses.

Rebecca Mark-Lawson

Tyke Films

Rebecca is a producer who has worked on multiple award-winning films, including the BIFA winning Almost Heaven which premiered at Berlinale. She is currently producing a feature documentary, Irene’s Ghost, as well as developing a slate of new films and nurturing new talent.

Sheyma Buali

Festival Director
BBC Arabic Festival

Sheyma Buali joined BBC Arabic Festival in its first edition in 2014, and became Director in 2015. With a focus on media, film and arts from the Arab world, she is also active in publishing as Commissioning Editor for Ibraaz, Creative Time Reports and Culture Correspondent for Asharq AlAwsat.

Simran Hans

Writer and film critic
The Observer

Simran Hans is a film writer and film critic for the Observer. She has also worked as a researcher, film programmer and has hosted discussions and seminars about film and feminism. Her freelance writing has featured in many publications Dazed, Little White Lies and Vice .

ASFF 2018 Northern Film School Best Screenplay Jury