Industry Sessions Speakers 2018

Find out more about the ASFF Speakers who joined us from 7 - 11 November 2018 to share their expertise in the film, fashion, advertising and music industries.

Jason Wood

Director of Film and Culture, HOME

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

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. He is a BAFTA-winner and nominee.

Minnie Carver

Video Producer, British Vogue

Minnie Carver’s role at British Vogue involves commissioning, producing and often directing filmed content for the magazine’s video platforms. Her work bridges the gap between print and digital, responding to printed and photographic features.

Richard Melman

Managing Director, Spring Films

Richard has produced, directed and commissioned a wealth of programmes for both British and International broadcasters, including the BAFTA-nominated Cold War. He is the Executive Producer and Managing Director for Spring Films.

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.

Alice Ramsey

BFI Network Talent Executive
Film Hub North

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

Bec Evans

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. Bec’s productions champion diversity.

Chris Cook

Lead Modeller

Chris is a Lead Modeller at the multi-award winning creative studio and VFX specialist Framestore. Chris creates photoreal CG characters and environments for feature film; supporting the Director’s vision.

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.

Chris Toumazou

Director and Co-founder

Director and founding partner of COMPULSORY, Chris Toumazou oversees all feature and narrative driven content while developing and directing his own award-winning films and music videos.

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.

Jack Howard

Senior Creative Producer
Condé Nast

Jack Howard is the Senior Creative Producer at Condé Nast’s Creative Studio, producing branded film content across the publisher’s portfolio of media titles, including Vogue, GQ, and GLAMOUR.

Jemma Riley-Tolch

Head of Recording
Pinewood Studios Group

Jemma is Senior Foley Mixer for the Pinewood Studios Group. Having studied Media Production, Jemma’s career progressed from runner to Assistant Foley Mixer, followed by Sound Editor and Mixer.

Jess Loveland

Talent Executive
Film Hub North

Jess is a Talent Executive at Film Hub North, finding and developing new and emerging filmmakers. She was previously Development Exacutive for Creative England and Dublin-based Blinder Films.

Joe Fraser

Producer / Editor

Joe Fraser is the Producer / Editor at award-winning comedy television production company Baby Cow, who have produced some of the UK’s best loved TV, including Gavin and Stacey and The Mighty Boosh.

Jude Lister

Film Project Manager

Jude manages programmes for new and emerging UK film talent, including the professional development strand of low budget feature filmmaking scheme iFeatures and the short film initiative shortFLIX.

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.

Lilly Blazewicz

Head of Editorial
Pinewood Studios Group

Lilly is Senior Sound Editor for the Pinewood Studios Group. Her role involves editing Foley and sound effects for feature film and TV, with recent credits including Mowgli, The Angel and Patrick Melrose.

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.

Marion Comengre

Production Executive

Marion joined Studiocanal eight years ago. She is now the Production Executive overseeing the UK production slate. Past titles include Macbeth, Attack the Block, The Mercy and Yardie.

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.

Meghan Cruz

Development Executive

Meghan Cruz is the Development Executive at Babycow (Gavin and Stacey, The Mighty Boosh). With experience in scouting emerging talent and diverse voices, she works with international writers for global audiences to bring ideas to life.

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.

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 executive producer, having worked on numerous award-winning and highly popular documentaries across BBC and Channel 4.

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 in new contexts.

Raquel Couceiro

Head of Fashion Film

Raquel Couceiro is a London-based filmmaker and Head of Fashion Film at SHOWstudio, creating, editing and commissioning fashion films and interviews for brands such as Beats, Nike and more.

Robbie Gibbon


Robbie has worked as an editor and assistant editor on film and TV productions including Face of an Angel, The Trip, Mad Fat Diary, The Casual Vacancy, Doctor Strange, Kingsman and Doctor Who.

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.

Simon Nelson

Development Executive
BBC Writersroom

Simon is the  Development Executive for BBC Writersroom. In this role he takes the lead in the development of new writers and writing for BBC Drama, BBC Comedy and BBC Children’s Drama.

Tom Ivin


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