Industry Networking Sessions 2019

ASFF’s Networking Sessions provided an opportunity to interact with representatives from some of the leading arts & film organisations, productions companies, sales & distribution specialists and exhibitors. In previous years, we’ve welcomed the likes of Film4, BBC, Creative England, Industrial Light & Magic and BFI. Delegates from many UK film and media institutions attended every session, themed around particular topics and specialisms from a wide-ranging industry.

Find out more about the topics for each and explore the speaker profiles of the industry professionals who attended each event.

Networking Delegates 2019

Aisha Jan


BFI Young Audiences Content Fund

Aisha Jan is the Administrator for the Young Audiences Content Fund, tasked with ensuring all applications meet the Fund’s eligibility criteria. Aisha previously held a place on the ICO’s FEDs scheme with a placement at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Alex Seery



Alex Seery is one of the co-founders of Hijack. As Head Colourist, his vast knowledge of digital workflows and cinema delivery has allowed Hijack to provide a range of finishing services for films such as “The Party”, “Gholam” and “The Pass”.

Alex Thomas


University of East London

Alex is a lecturer at the University of East London and is currently programme leader for the new Media Production degree. He was previously a Senior Lecturer at UEL. Alex is also a multi-award-winning film director and screenwriter.

Alexzandra Jackson

BFI NETWORK Talent Executive
Film Hub Midlands

Alexzandra joined BFI NETWORK from Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre where she produced their learning and talent development programme, working across production and exhibition between 2009 and 2018. She is an advocate for accessible cinema.

Alice Whittemore

BFI Welsh Network Manager
Ffilm Cymru Wales

Alice recently joined Ffilm Cymru Wales as BFI Welsh Network Manager, having spent six years in London working primarily in film exhibition and talent development. Prior to Ffilm Cymru, Alice was part of the Production team at Film London.

Amy O’Hara

BFI NETWORK Talent Executive
Film Hub North

Amy O’Hara is a BFI NETWORK Talent Executive with experience in film marketing, distribution and production. Amy has worked in the industry for over five years, most recently with the UK Marketing team at the new studio STX Entertainment.

Andy Moore

Senior Programmer
Showroom Workstation

Andy has over 10 years’ experience working in film exhibition. He was the Cinema Administrator at the Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds, and has worked as a freelance programmer for Leeds International Film Festival and Harvard Film Archive.

Anna Hintzen

Development Executive

Studiocanal UK

Anna is a Development Executive at Studiocanal UK. As the premier European Studio, Studiocanal works with new and established talent, focusing on local British feature films as well as exciting projects with European DNA for a global audience.

Anna MacDonald

Joint Principal & Founder
London Film Academy

Anna ensures that the LFA remains innovative, inspiring and cutting edge. She deals with the Academy’s day-to-day running, business development and the distribution of films made by LFA students, graduates and partners, growing and developing new talent.

Ben Mallaby

Senior Lecturer

London South Bank University

Ben Mallaby is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Arts and Creative Industries. He specialises in filmmaking with an emphasis on the development of scripts, professional development and post-production. Ben is a freelance comedy filmmaker.

Carlos Saiani

Managing Director

Rampage Studio

Hailing from Brazil, Carlos is the founder and Managing Director of Rampage Studio. Since forming the company he has been involved in the creation of over 60 hours of factual television and hundreds short form videos for online use.

Catriona McAvoy

Post Producer


Catriona McAvoy is a Post Producer at Hijack. She looks after clients and ensures that projects run smoothly. Alongside her work at Hijack, Catriona writes about films and directors and has contributed chapters to books like “Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives”.

Chandan Shergill


BFI Young Audiences Content Fund

Chandan is the Coordinator of the BFI Young Audiences Content Fund which involves managing all application processes, as well as coordinating external stakeholder meetings. She has previously worked at a talent agency and in the charity sector.

Charles Storr

Economy and Enterprise Manager
Make It York

Make It York was established in 2015 with the coming together of the marketing and promotion, economic development, and tourism functions in the city. Charles Storr is Economy and Enterprise Manager, supporting businesses across the City of York.

Charlie Phillips

Head of Video
The Guardian

Charlie Phillips is the Head of Video at The Guardian, commissioning and acquiring new documentaries from all around the world for the Guardian documentaries strand, and managing all moving image for the Guardian’s platforms, including news and culture.

Charlotte Corchète

Head of the Short Film Committee Locarno Film Festival

Charlotte Corchète is a researcher at EHESS, École des Hautes Études en Science Sociales (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) in Paris. She currently heads the short film committee of the Locarno Film Festival’s selection committee.

Chris Birks

Creative Director

One Bright Dot

Chris Birks is a BAFTA award-winning visual effects artist, animator and motion designer with more than 25 years of experience in animation and GFX. He runs the VFX department at One Bright Dot, Yorkshire’s leading post production facility.

Chris Brearley

Managing Director

One Bright Dot

Chris Brearley is the company director in the control seat of One Bright Dot. With more than 10 years experience in the industry, Chris is an extremely talented colourist & VFX artist, skilled in After Effects, DaVinci Resolve, Premiere and Cinema 4D.

Christina Aragon

Managing Director
5A Studios

5A Studios’ Managing Director Cristina Aragon has worked at Twickenham Film Studios and Abbey Road Studios. With clients including BBC, ITV, The Guardian, 20th Century Fox and National Geographic, the company has over 20 years’ experience.

Christine Morrow

Talent Executive
Northern Ireland Screen

Christine works across all BFI Network and Northern Ireland Screen short film activity in fiction, factual and animation areas. She designs and manages workshops and seminars for new and emerging talent in animation, factual and fiction sectors.

Christoph Matiss


Cellu l’art

Christoph Matiss has been a programmer and press officer at cellu l’art since 2004. He was Festival Director for 3 years, before stepping down in 2014. Christoph also works as a Content Manager for Bauerfeind, a health care equipment company.

Colin Pons

Joint Managing Trustee
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 short and feature projects.

Dan Clark

Country Manager

Eclair UK

Dan started his career with Kodak Motion Picture, in various commercial roles spanning production, post-production and distribution. He has since worked in Commercial and Client Relations positions and now manages the Eclair UK teams.

Dave Garrett

Film Programmer

Square Chapel Arts Centre

Dave Garratt is the Film Programmer and Inclusive Cinema Co-ordinator at Square Chapel Arts Centre. He is also the founder of the Up North Film & Television Festival, which celebrates Northern Voices on screen and behind the camera.

David Chapman

Senior Lecturer

University of East London

David Chapman is programme leader of MA Filmmaking and teaches on BA Film. He is a documentary filmmaker, media artist and researcher with a particular interest in sound and image interaction. His work uses themes of historical and cultural issues.

David Nixon

Programme & Comms Manager
Forum Cinema Hexham

David Nixon is Programme and Communications Manager at Forum Cinema Hexham. Earlier this year he launched the inaugural Tyne Valley Film Festival, a community programmed film festival running 26 events across 12 unique venues.

Dionne Farell

Development Executive
BBC Films

Dionne is a Development Executive for BBC Films. Prior to joining BBC Films in 2018, Dionne started out as a runner in factual production, before moving over into scripted development, working for companies such as the BFI and Unigram.

Elaine Wong

Partnerships Manager
StoryFutures Academy

Elaine is a Programme Advisor for BFI London Film Festival and previews for Sheffield Doc/Fest and Underwire. She co-founded VR Distribution company Other Set in 2017, and currently works at the National Centre for Immersive Storytelling: StoryFutures Academy.

Elouise Carden

Managing Director
Rapid Pictures

Elouise Carden is Managing Director of Rapid Pictures. The company has over 20 years’ experience providing post-production to all major broadcasters, production companies and multi-platform content providers including BBC Four, ITV, Channel 4 and More4.

Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe

Festival Director
British Urban Film Festival

Emmanuel is the director of the British Urban Film Festival. BUFF has been a sturdy platform for BAME filmmakers to showcase their work since its launch in 2005. Emmanuel also presents a radio show on Colourful Radio called Meet The Critics.

Gareth Blake

Head of Production
Production Guild

Gareth Blake is Head of Production and Member Services at Production Guild, the UK’s leading membership organisation for those working in production. Bringing Film and TV drama professionals together, Gareth delivers a wide range of services.

Giedre Bumbulyte

Festival Manager

European Independent Film Festival

Giedre Bumbulyte is the Festival Manager at ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival and Producer at Zs2 Media Group based in Paris. Her production experience includes work for companies such as BBC and National Geographic.

Gill Biddle

Project Manager

BFI Young Audiences Content Fund

Gill is the Project Manager for the Young Audiences Content Fund. She is responsible for assessing the finance, schedule and budgets of applications to the production and development funds. Her recent experience lies in Children’s broadcasting.

Helen Upcraft

Assistant Curator
Imperial War Museum

Helen is the Assistant Curator in the Media Sales and Licensing team, providing access to the IWM Film collection. Since joining the Film Archive in 2014, Helen has worked on projects with academics, artists, cultural and heritage organisations.

Hesham Sabry

Business Affairs Executive

BFI Young Audiences Content Fund

Hesham handles all legal and business affairs matters relating to the Young Audiences Content Fund. Before joining the BFI, he worked at the BBC as an in-house lawyer in the BBC Children’s commercial, rights and business affairs team.

Ian Fenton

Creative Director of Learning
Tyneside Cinema

Ian Fenton is the Creative Director of Learning and Participation at Tyneside Cinema, where he leads on work with new talent. He recently produced 72 short films for Channel 4’s Random Acts strand and the documentary feature The Dream Palace.

Jane Saunders

Mentoring Network Manager

Jane Saunders works for ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen industries. She manages the Mentoring Network, which aims to match mentoring pairs to enable new and established professionals to support each other.

Jayne Dunphy

Studio Manager

One Bright Dot

Jayne Dunphy is Studio Manager at One Bright Dot’s busy production office. With 20 years experience in television and film production, she responsible for projects running smoothly and delivered to the highest standard.

Jen Corcoran

Tees Valley Screen Project Manager
Northern Film & Media

Jen Corcoran is Project Manager of Tees Valley Screen, Northern Film & Media’s new development programme, supporting talent, ambition and growth across the region. Jen is also a creative producer focusing on new female voices.

Jessica Bugg

London College of Fashion

Dr Jessica Bugg is Dean of the School of Media and Communication, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London and was awarded a PhD from the same institution in 2006. Jessica’s work has been screened in venues including the ICA.

Jo Nolan

Managing Director
Screen South

Jo Nolan is Managing Director at Screen South, a cultural development organisation with digital creativity at its heart. Bringing hidden stories and ideas to the public, it works with a range of new talent from around the world, championing new voices.

Jo Schofield

Hub Manager – North of England

Film & Television Charity

Jo has 20 years experience in the television industry, she has developed BAFTA winning dramas, & worked as script editor on shows such as Coronation Street & Emmerdale. She is passionate about supporting & developing people.

Joanna Rowan

Development Manager
Envy Post

Joanna Rowan worked in production before a career in post-production on shows such as Top Gear. Joanna has been with Envy for four years, collaborating on Gogglebox, The Voice, Louis Theroux, Surgeons and a variety of advertising campaigns.

Jonny Tull

Distribution and Exhibition Consultant
Jonny Tull Digital Consultancy

Jonny Tull has collaborated on the releases of several independent films since starting his business in 2017. works with cinemas and arts venues to develop their businesses and audiences, including Rich Mix, London, and Warwick Arts Centre.

Kate Rolfe

Marketing Director

Digital Orchard

Kate Rolfe is Marketing Director of Digital Orchard, delivering their events and managing their marketing and communications. Kate leads on the company’s annual campaigns, including overseeing The Digital Orchard New Talent Fund.

Kate Shalloe

Mentoring Coordinator

Kate works on the ScreenSkills Mentoring Network, which is supported by the BFI with funds from the National Lottery under the BFI’s Future Film Skills Strategy. Kate has worked as Development and Production Manager at Merlin Films.

Kate Stocker-Wright

Media & Communications Liaison Festival Formula

Kate’s academic background shows a strong focus on all areas of the industry. Kate is also Festival Formula’s Strategy Officer where she provides support and feedback for Strategy clients as they head on to the circuit with our advice.

Kathryn Penny

Head of Screen Operation
National Science and Media Museum

Kathryn is Head of Screen Operation at National Science and Media Museum. She runs a three screen cinema operation including Europe’s first IMAX, and is the Director of the Widescreen Weekend film festival and Yorkshire Games Festival.

Kit Caless

Communications and Marketing
Learning on Screen

Kit Caless is Communications and Marketing Manager at Learning on Screen. A specialist in the use of moving image and sound in education, the organisation has been making film more accessible for over 70 years – from BBC TV to streaming.

Krissi McIlquham

Managing Director
Mad Dog 2020

Krissi is Managing Director at Mad Dog 2020, which has been casting and coordinating Supporting Artists for over 20 years. Well-known and award-winning projects include Dunkirk and The Favourite and TV shows such as Peaky Blinders and Doctor Who.

Laura Quarto

Designer & Programmer


Laura works at LISFE where she co-curates the film program as well as supervising the graphic identity of the festival. Laura cultivates her passion for visual communication and believes in the power of social change through these means.

Lucy Witcomb

Training and Events Manager
Learning on Screen

Lucy is Training and Events Manager at Learning on Screen, organising annual awards and events. Prior to working at Learning on Screen, Lucy worked at Film Education, working with film distributors to produce educational resources.

Luke Toyne

Executive Producer
Maker Projects

Luke’s first credit as producer was the first music promo to be shot in HD – the Sneaker Pimps’ “Sick” in 2001. Since then he has specialised in branded content and TV commercials for the likes of Saatchi & Saatchi, M&C Saatchi, Sky and ITV.

Macaulay Monahan

Account Handler
Performance Film & Media

Macaulay worked in the insurance industry for over 5 years before joining Performance in April 2018. Macaulay has always had a keen interest in the film and media. Ending up at Performance has meant he’s able to put that interest to good use.


Directors Notes

MarBelle is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of independent film curation and interview site Directors Notes. He has previously worked as Editor of Shooting People’s Filmmakers Bulletin and has provided film programmes and served on juries.

Maria Caruana Galizia

Candle & Bell

Maria Caruana Galizia is a producer based in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2013 she set up Candle & Bell to work with regional and BAME filmmakers. The organisation was named one of the top 50 Emerging Creative Companies by Creative England.

Marion Comengre

Production Executive

Marion is a film studio executive who joined the UK division of Studiocanal in 2009, and Sky Drama in 2019. At Studiocanal, Marion worked on a variety of internationally acclaimed titles such as the BAFTA-winning Warp’s ’71, MacBeth and Yardie.

Melissa Delmee Maletras



Melissa is the director of Leiden International Short Film Experience and takes part in the curation of film programs. She previously worked in a cultural centre in Guatemala where she curated her first exhibition in collaboration with local young talents.

Michael Wood

Associate Director
Performance Film & Media

Michael is Head of Division at Performance Film & Media and has a huge passion for supporting emerging filmmakers & creatives across the UK. He has worked in the Insurance Industry for over 12 years, working within Film & Media for 7 of these.

Mikey Murray

Senior Lecturer Lincoln School of Film and Media

Mikey is an award-winning filmmaker and was the recipient of the Scottish BAFTA award for Best First Time Writer in 2007. He has previously programmed for Slamdance and is the director of the Indie-Lincs International Film Festival.

Monika Rodriguez

Project Manager

Cinema Nation

Monika works for Cinema Nation, a research and development agency that supports, encourages and champions all forms of film exhibition. She co-ordinates the Liverpool branch of Scalarama, an annual festival of DIY cinema and film clubs.

Natasha Glew

Arts Programmer
Deer Shed Festival

Natasha is the Arts Programmer for Deer Shed Festival. She has spent over five years living and performing in Bradford and Leeds. Natasha is a trained physical performer and works freelance as a street theatre performer.

Nicci Topping

Nicci Topping Casting

Nicci has been a professional casting director for almost 20 years across film, TV, commercials and music promos for global brands such as Nike. Her feature film work includes work on several features, including the award winning Northern Soul.

Nick Sadler

Goldfinch Studios

Nick Sadler is a Producer of Marketing and Distribution at Goldfinch Studios and founder of distribution consultancy Film Label. Goldfinch Studios to provide first-time directors with the opportunity to create financially successful feature films.

Nina White

Screen Project Coordinator
Northern Film & Media

Nina White supports talent, ambition and growth across the Tees Valley screen industries. She is also completing her PhD at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and coordinates events for Middlesbrough Art Weekender and The Auxiliary.

Noe Mendelle

Scottish Documentary Institute

Noé is an experienced director and producer on the international scene, working on numerous documentaries. In 2003 she set up the Scottish Documentary Institute, and over the years has devised several award-winning talent schemes.

Oliver Jones


Deer Shed Festival

Oliver Jones is a director of Deer Shed Festival, a family friendly music, arts and science festival held annually in Baldersby Park near Thirsk. Deer Shed is widely considered to be the best family festival in the North with an weekend audience of 10,000.

Olivia Thomas

Film Office Co-ordinator
Screen Yorkshire

Olivia is the first point of call for Screen Yorkshire’s Film Office. She advises on filming enquiries, including locations and facilities. She maintains Screen Yorkshire’s film locations database, and was previously a freelance Production Coordinator.

Raoul Brand

Head of Audio

Azimuth Post Production

Raoul is an award-winning sound designer and re-recording mixer. He has worked on many highly acclaimed independent films – such as the BAFTA-winning drama, I am Not A Witch and the BIFA and ASFF-winning feature documentary, Almost Heaven.

Ray Tallan

Head of Film

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Before becoming Head of Film at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Ray worked at the RCS as a lecturer in Cinematography. Most recently he has overseen the transition and validation of RCS’s new BA Filmmaking course now on offer.

Rebekah Louisa Smith

CEO & Founder

The Film Festival Doctor

Dr Rebekah Louisa Smith began her film industry career in 2008, working as a producer on Wales’ most successful national horror film festival, the Abertoir Horror Festival. A decade ago, she created her company The Film Festival Doctor.

Rich Simpson



Rich Simpson is one of the co-founders of Hijack. As Head of Audio, he has helped expand Hijack’s DIT department and has provided Digital workflow supervision for a wide variety of features and TV series including Amazon’s “Good Omens”.

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.

Robert Beeson

New Wave Films

Robert Beeson ran a university film society and then started in film distribution at Artificial Eye in 1977, releasing nearly 400 + titles over the years. He started New Wave Films in 2008 to carry on this work, and has released around 100 films.

Roger Morris

Managing Director
Elstree Studios

Roger Morris is the Managing Director of Elstree Studios and Chairman and co-founder of the Elstree University Technical College, a successful college dedicated to vocational education specialising in Film, Theatre and TV and crafting renowned productions.

Roxy McKenna

BFI NETWORK Talent Executive
Film Hub North

Roxy McKenna is one of two BFI NETWORK Talent Executives working across the North of England to fund and develop early career writers, directors and producers. Roxy joined Film Hub North after working at Northern Film and Media.

Ruairidh MacNeill


Ruairidh is a modeller for Framestore, a BAFTA and Oscar-award winning creative studio with credits including Blade Runner 2049 and Avengers: Endgame. MacNeill specialises in hard surface for film whilst helping new talent break into the industry.

Ruth Johnston

Film Production Manager

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Ruth has worked for a number of film related organisations, from small scale not for profits to the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and educational institutions Screen Academy Scotland and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Sadhbh Murphy

Sales & Acquisitions Manager

Network Ireland Television

Sadhbh Murphy has 16 years experience in TV distribution and has been Sales and Acquisitions Manager at Network Ireland Television since 2007. Network Ireland Television is the foremost Irish-based TV and film distribution company.

Sam Fray

Programme Manager
Screen Yorkshire

Sam manages the Beyond Brontës Programme, that has been established to address the lack of diversity in the screen industries by supporting young people in the Bradford District and Leeds City Region to develop their skills.

Sam Margaritis

Managing Director

Digital Orchard

Sam Margaritis has been Managing Director of Digital Orchard for over 6 years, overseeing the company growing from a DIT and Video Op agency to a full film and digital dailies and post facility. Her background is 10 years in production management.

Shaun Harrison

BFI NETWORK Talent Coordinator
Film Hub North

Shaun Harrison is the BFI NETWORK Talent Coordinator at Film Hub North, supporting writers, directors and producers. Shaun has worked with Toronto International Film Festival, Stand Comedy Club and DOXA Documentary Film Festival.

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 and Creative Time Reports.

Stefania Marangoni


London South Bank University

Stefania is a filmmaker and has worked in film education for many years. She is currently a Lecturer and Editing Pathway Leader on the BA film practice and MA Editing and Post Production at London South Bank University.

Sven Pötting

Filmfest Dresden

Since 2017, Sven Pötting has been the programmer and coordinator of FILMFEST DRESDEN – International Short Film Festival. Previously, he worked as for a film distribution company, as a film critic and lecturer at universities in Germany.

Sydney Neter


SND Films

Sydney Neter runs SND Films, a boutique sales agency founded in 1994, based in Amsterdam selling shorts, feature and hour docs. SND Films have an extensive catalogue of animators like Bill Plympton, Michael Dudok de Wit and Torill Kove.

Tareq Kubaisi

Raised by Wolves

Nice Shirt is a multi-award-winning London based production company, representing a diverse group of talented filmmakers. Tareq Kubaisi is Director, working on wide range of projects with BBC, Capital One, Pepe Jeans, Jaeger, the FA Cup and more.

Tim Baxter

Business Development Manager


Tim is an experienced post production and distribution executive with nearly 30 years of experience. He has produced VFX & title sequences for Hollywood blockbusters and independent productions of all sizes. Tim oversees new business at Eclair.

Tom Bird

Executive Director

York Theatre Royal

Tom Bird is Executive Director at York Theatre Royal. He previously spent 11 years at Shakespeare’s Globe, starting as a Theatre and Music Assistant before acting as Executive Producer. Tom was Director of the Globe to Globe Festival for the 2012 Festival.

Tracy Granger


Tracy Granger is a film editor. She started as an apprentice editor at MGM and Burbank Studio before working her way up through the studio system as lead editor on films such as ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ and Richard Billingham’s ‘Ray & Liz’.

Yesim Guzelpinar

Balik Arts

Yesim Guzelpinar is Festival Director at Balik Arts, a charity working with disadvantaged children and young people to improve access to the arts. Filmmaking, film screenings and festivals are at the core of the charity, enriching the community.