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

Aleks is an events producer and manager who has worked with Sheffield Doc/Fest, BFI London Film Festival as well as producing three editions of The Smalls film Festival. She also led The Smalls film fund, a £25k grant for filmmakers to create groundbreaking films.

Alice Ramsey

BFI Network Talent Executive
Film Hub North

Alice works as a BFI NETWORK Talent Executive at Film Hub North, working with new and emerging writers, directors and producers across the North of England. Prior to this, Alice worked at Creative England as a Development and Production Executive.

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.

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.

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 Industrial Light & Magic – a visual effects and animation studio founded in 1975 by George Lucas. Julian’s personal credits include Avengers, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Ready Player One. Previous to his curent role, Julian worked at Double Negative.

Kit Monkman

Artist & Film Director

Kit is a leading innovator in screen-based art and interactive media. He directed the visually experimental feature Macbeth and co-directed The Knife That Killed Me. He is also co-founder of KMA – an artistic collaboration that specialises in environmental installations.

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 .

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, alternative LGBTQ+ nightlife in New York, and the family values of London’s most exclusive talent incubator, Fashion East.

ASFF 2018 Northern Film School Best Screenplay Jury

Annabelle Pangborn

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

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

Senior Lecturer
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.

VR Jury

Dan Bartlett

London College of Communication

Dan Bartlett is Programme Director for Moving Image and Digital Arts at London College of Communication. As an animation visual development artist Dan aims to explore the duality that exists between fundamental artistic and cinematic principles, and emergent digital technologies.

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. Somewhere Else’s recent VR productions include Canal+, France Télévisions, adidas and UEFA.

Heather Niven

Head of Science
Science City York

Heather currently works for Science City York, now part of Make It York, who work with businesses in IT & Digital, Creative and Bioscience industry areas and accelerate innovation in York via organisational support, projects and a lively events and workshop programme.