Industry Networking Sessions

Aesthetica Short Film Festival's Networking Sessions provide an opportunity to interact with film aficionados and experts alike. Delegates from many UK film and media institutions will be in attendance at every session. Find out more about the sessions and explore the speaker profiles of the industry professionals who be attending the Networking Events at ASFF.

Networking Sessions

Networking Session 1

Wednesday 7th November
Upper Foyer
York Theatre Royal

Representatives in attendance:
Aman Sharma (MODYST Film Network), Anna Mc Donald (London Film Academy), Colin Pons (Workstation/Studio of the North)

Networking Session 2

Thursday 8th November
York Theatre Royal

Representatives in attendance:
Isabelle Croissant (HOME), Joanna Roy (Signal Film and Media), Megan Evans (Deer Shed Festival), Rupert Lee (Film & TV Charity)

Networking Session 3

Friday 9th November
Upper Foyer
York Theatre Royal

Representatives in attendance:
Anna Redfern (Cinema & Co.), Anson Hartford (Banyak Films), Gayle Woodruffe (Northern Film & Media), Ian Fenton (Tyneside Cinema), Maria Caruana Galizia (Candle & Bell)

Networking Session 4

Friday 9th November
Upper Foyer
York Theatre Royal

Representatives in attendance:
Abi Standish (Cinema For All), Deborah Parker (Cinema For All), Charles Cecil (Revolution Games), Oliver Treasure-Smith (Curzon Cinemas), Richard Knight (Screen Yorkshire)

Networking Session 5

Saturday 10th Novmeber
York Theatre Royal

Representatives in attendance:
Alice Ramsay (BFI Network), Neil Smith (Film York), Noe Mendelle (Scottish Documentary Institute), Sile Cully (Altitude Film Entertainment)

Networking Session 6

Saturday 10th November
York Theatre Royal

Representatives in attendance:
Dan Thomas (They Eat Culture), Imogen Dodds (Gulbenkian), Kathy Higham (Haslemere Hall), Michael McDermott (The Old Market)

Networking Session 7

Sunday 11th November
York Theatre Royal

Representatives in attendance:
Andrew Moore (University of Leeds), Charlotte Ashcroft (Film Hub Scotland), John Grieve (Manchester Film Weekender), Monika Rodriguez (Scalarama)

Networking Hosts

Abigail Standish

Cinema For All

Abi joined the Cinema For All team in October 2015 as the Marketing and Events Coordinator. She is now the Sector Development Officer, focusing on the training and coaching programmes and building the Booking Scheme of films.

Aman Sharma


Aman is a Film Producer/Distributor and founder of Modyst, the next film distribution & streaming platform that allows independent filmmakers to reach a global audience. He is also a Board member of The Independent Film Academy.

Andy Moore

University of Leeds

Andy is a visiting lecturer at the University of Leeds and a film programmer with 10 years’ experience working in film exhibition. He has programmed screenings and events for Leeds International Film Festival and the Harvard Film Archive.

Anson Hartford

Banyak Films

Anson has made films since childhood; whether fiction or documentary the stories they tell always look to reveal the extraordinary in our everyday lives and deliver central messages that challenge our preconceptions.

Charles Cecil

Revolution Software

Awarded the status of “Industry Legend” by Develop magazine, Charles Cecil has more than 30 years’ experience in the video games business. He is the founder of Revolution Software, one of the world’s leading game companies.

Colin Pons

Studio of the North

Colin has worked as a producer and mentor in the UK film and TV industry for over 30 years, often with first time directors and producers. Colin has produced and executive produced a wide-ranging slate of independent shorts and features.

Deborah Parker

Cinema For All

Deborah joined Cinema For All, the national organisation supporting and developing community cinema, in 2012. Since then she’s raised over a million pounds to fund Cinema For All’s work building community through film.

Gayle Woodruffe

Northern Film + Media

Gayle has worked with Northern Film + Media as its Production Service Manager since it’s inception in October 2002. She is responsible for promoting the region to film and TV production companies encouraging them to film in the North East. 

Isabelle Croissant


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.

Joanna Roy

Signal Film & Media

Joanna produces the ambitious digital arts programme strand at Signal Film & Media, a charity which provides specialist creative film and digital media access. She also lectures at Manchester School of Art and works as a freelance Graphic Designer.

John Grieve

Manchester Film Weekender

For over 20 years, John has been involved with Manchester & Salford Film Society, and was secretary for sixteen years. In 2015, he formed Manchester Film Weekender, in response to the closure of Alston Hall in Lancashire.

Maria Caruana Galizia

Candle & Bell

Maria is an award-winning producer based in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2013 she founded Candle & Bell Limited, a production company dedicated to working with filmmakers from the North East. In 2017, it was named in “Creative England 50”.

Megan Evans

Deer Shed Festival

Megan Evans is the Creative Director for Deer Shed Festival, a music, arts and science family festival based in North Yorkshire. Megan has extensive experience in the outdoor festival sector, as well as other areas of the arts, such as live TV events and film.

Monica Rodriguez

Big Adventure Cinema

Monica a co-founder and director of Big Adventure Cinema, a project supported by BFI North West Film Hub aiming to create a new community cinema in Liverpool. Since 2016, she has also coordinated the Liverpool branch of Scalarama.

Noe Mendelle

Scottish Documentary Institute

In 2003, Noe set up Scottish Documentary Institute and she has been acting as executive producer on the latest award-winning Bridging the Gap shorts Mining Poems competition Sundance & latest features: Becoming Animal and Time Trial.

Oliver Treasure-Smith

Curzon Cinema & Arts

Oliver Treasure- Smith is a General Assistant at Curzon Cinema & Arts with a focus on marketing and programming assistance. Oliver’s been working at the Curzon in Clevedon for over two years now and covers a large area of duties.

Richard Knight

Screen Yorkshire

For many years Richard worked in the film industry as a freelance location manager, sourcing the locations for films such as the BAFTA award-winning “This is England”. In recent years he has been Head of Production at Screen Yorkshire.

Rupert Jones-Lee

Film & Television Charity

Rupert is Support Programme Manager at the Film & Television Charity where he runs the Going Places travel fund and is currently devising a programme of new forms of dynamic support aimed at current screen industry professionals.