ASFF 2015 Networking Sessions

ASFF'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, book your place, and explore the speaker profiles of the industry professionals who attended the Networking Events at ASFF 2015.

Timetable and Booking Information

Meet the Filmmakers
Saturday 7 November
20:00 – 21:30
Yorkshire Museum

Get to know the creatives at the heart of ASFF 2015 at Yorkshire Museum on Saturday night. Sponsored by Creative England, this event invites filmmakers and guests to network with artists from the Official Selection. Meet the Filmmakers is your chance to expand your contacts list and liaise with industry professionals, filmmakers and a vast array of practitioners.

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Meet the Film Festivals
Friday 6 November
17:30 – 20:00
Middletons Hotel

Meet the Film Festivals is a prime opportunity for filmmakers to expand their industry contacts and speak with the programmers who are behind some of the top UK, European and international festivals. This is a chance to find out what they are looking for, and promote your work across established film festivals and emerging cinema platforms.

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Networking Session 1
Friday 6 November 2015
11:00 – 12.30
Middletons Hotel


Sally Joynson Screen Yorkshire, Ed Braman University of York, Jessica Loveland Creative England, Maggie Ellis Film London, Philip Ilson London Short Film Festival, Jenny Porter Metal Culture, Alix Taylor Film and Video Umbrella, Jacqui Wells The Children’s Media Conference, Sarah McIntosh Cambridge Film Festival, Simon Middleton & Jo Burgess Make It York, Catherine Connelly York Science Park.

Networking Session 2
Saturday 7 November 2015
12:00 – 13:30
Middletons Hotel


Alice Kidd We Are Colony, Nilgin Yusuf London College of Fashion, Iain Gardner Edinburgh Film Festival, Matthew Wake London Film Academy, Stuart Page York St John University, Richard Warden Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

Networking Session 3
Saturday 7 November 2015
14.30 – 16:00
Middletons Hotel

Ross McKenzie Creative Scotland, Loren Slater & Rachel Capovila Signal Film and Media, Anna Bogutskaya Shooting People, Ruth Heritage They Eat Culture, Dan Weldon Northern Film School, Murray Woodfield UK Film Festival.

Networking Session 4
Sunday 8 November 2015
12:00 – 13:30
Middletons Hotel


Ed Hicks RADA, Tara Judah Cube Multiplex, Tamsin Beevor & Lucy Wilkinson Forum Cinema Hexham, Johnny Tull Tyneside Cinema, David Smith Northern Film School.

Delegates 2015

Alice Kidd

Acquisitions Assistant, We Are Colony

Alice’s background is in film sales, having worked at international sales agent Carnaby International in London. In 2015, she began working in acquisitions at global VOD platform We Are Colony, where she assists in curating the platform’s catalogue and developing relationships with sales agents, filmmakers and distributors.

Alix Taylor

Productions Officer, Film and Video Umbrella

Alix Taylor is Productions Officer for the artist moving image non-profit organisation, Film and Video Umbrella. FVU commissions, curates and produces artists’ film in collaboration with galleries and cultural partners. Since the late 1980s, FVU has been at the forefront of this vibrant area of practice.

Anna Bogutskaya

Business and Marketing Manager, Shooting People

More than a bit film obsessed, Anna hails from Spain and has worked across many corners of the film industry including magazines, online platforms, production companies and festivals. She is currently running Business and Marketing at Shooting People, the UK’s leading independent filmmaker’s network.

Dan Weldon

Senior Lecturer, Northern Film School

Following the success of his first film, the award winning My Macondo in 1990, Dan co-founded independent production company Tall Stories, producing critically acclaimed films by emerging first-time writers and directors. Films produced included Cannes winner Beautiful People and Silver Bear The Wooden Camera.

David Smith

Senior Lecturer, Editing & Sound

David Smith specialises in editing, colour grading and picture finishing for both television and film productions. During his career he has worked with all the major broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, CH4 and Sky – feature editing, promotions, title sequences and on-air graphics.

Ed Braman

Deputy Head, Film and Television, University of York

Ed Braman is a lecturer in television production and deputy head of programme on the BSc in Film and Television Production at the University of York. Prior to entering academia, Ed was Commissioning Editor for News and Current Affairs at Channel 4, and Series Editor of a number of network TV strands.

Edward Hicks

Head of Film TV & Radio, RADA

A graduate of London Film School, Edward is currently Head of Film, TV & Radio at RADA. His credits include the West End production of Another Country, five years with the RSC and numerous screen credits including Summer Lightning, Michael Palin’s East of Ipswich, Tumbledown and Casualty.

Iain Gardner

Animator & Programmer

Iain Gardner has been creating animation since 1996, which followed an apprenticeship at the Richard Williams Animation studio on the legendary The Thief & The Cobbler. Iain is the short-form animation programmer for the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Jacqui Wells

Operations, Children’s Media Conference

In 2012, Jacqui joined The Children’s Media Conference, which now attracts more than 1,000 delegates to Sheffield each July, and is the largest UK gathering for those involved in children’s content and distribution. In addition to its conference, the CMC organises activities all year round for the UK kids’ content industry.

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.

Lucy Wilkinson

Programming Manager, Forum Cinema Hexham

Lucy Wilkinson is Programming Manager at Forum Cinema. Based in the town of Hexham, Northumberland, the venue opened in 1937 and has been operating as a cinema for nearly 80 years. The Forum retains many of its original Art Deco features and charm alongside the latest in digital cinema technology.

Maggie Ellis

Head of Artists’ Moving Image, FLAMIN

Maggie Ellis has been in the film and TV industries for 24 years, working with broadcasters, distributors and associated companies. She is currently Head of Film London’s Artists’ Moving Image Network, a department which commissions artists’ films and runs the prestigious annual Jarman Award.

Matthew Wake

Course Coordinator: Diplomas, London Film Academy

LFA pioneers professional, hand-on training across all key filmmaking disciplines. Boasting an extensive range of fiction and documentary courses, students can progress from one-day top-up workshops to help hone their specialist skills, to one-year diplomas that provide intensive professional development.

Murray Woodfield

Director, UK Film Festival, Executive Producer and Scriptwriter

Murray’s screen credits include the recent short film A Confession (winner of the Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival 2015); Mike (winner of the Crystal Bear 2014); as well as Over the Rainbow for SelecTV on ITV; and 30 Somehow on Channel 4. Murray is also Director of the UK Film Festival, which screens in the heart of London.

Nilgin Yusuf

Programme Director, Media & Communications, London College of Fashion

As Fashion Writer at the Daily Telegraph and a former Fashion Editor of the Sunday Times, Nilgin has interviewed some of the biggest names in fashion design. Currently Programme Director for Media & Communications at LCF, she established and directs the MA Fashion Media Production.

Philip Ilson

Director, London Short Film Festival

Philip is the Director of the London Short Film Festival, which he co-founded in 2004. A premier showcase for film, LSFF is renowned for its programming and being a platform for raw talent. Alongside his work at LSFF, he is also a short film programmer for the BFI London Film Festival.

Richard Warden

Film Curator, Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

Richard Warden produced three half-hour dramas before attending the Canadian Film Centre. After overseeing two Toronto-based features, he executive produced 12 shorts, managed international co-production event Strategic Partners, and produced his third feature in Nova Scotia.

Ross McKenzie

Development Executive for Film and Television: Creative Scotland

Ross McKenzie is Development Executive for Film and Television at Creative Scotland, responsible for a programme of funding for emerging and established film and television talent, with a goal of promoting the creation of distinctive and engaging work. Creative Scotland is a public body for supporting the arts.

Simon Middleton

Finance & Funding Manager, Make it York

The primary aim of Make It York is to promote the City of York as a great place to live, work, visit and study. Make It York has 6 workstreams across Visit York, Science City York, City Centre Management, Festivals & Events, Inward Investment and Business Support.

Stuart Page

York St John University

Stuart Page is the Pro Dean: Development at York St John University. An interest in global urban cultures has allowed Stuart to engage in undergraduate and postgraduate delivery in China, Japan and Poland. Stuart’s other teaching and research interests are in the areas of gender and sexuality.

Tara Judah

Programmer, The Cube Cinema

The Cube was formed in 1998 by 4 artists and has remained a multi-purpose arts venue ever since. The organisation runs as a not-for-profit worker’s co-operative. Its volunteers work hard at presenting cinema, music, cabaret, discussions, amateur film-makers nights, children’s events, performance art and comedy.