ASFF 2015 Speakers

Find out more about the ASFF Speakers who joined us from 5 - 8 November 2015 to share their expertise in the film, fashion, advertising and music industries. Their events took on a range of formats including panels, masterclasses, drop-in meet-and-greets and informal Q&A sessions at Official Selection film screenings.

David Jenkins

Editor, Little White Lies

David is the editor of Little White Lies, a bi-monthly movie magazine which has just reached its 60th issue. He worked as a film critic for Time Out London prior joining the LWL staff and has written for Sight & Sound, The Guardian, MUBI and other outlets.


Association of Camera Operators

The ACO is a voluntary organisation of professional feature film, commercials, and television drama camera operators, specialising in the art of camera operating. The primary aim of the association is to celebrate and promote the technical and creative skills of the camera operator.

Adam Gee

Little Dot Studios/Real Stories

Specialising in short form/online video and digital interactivity, Adam is one of the most experienced commissioners in UK broadcasting of TV-based multiplatform. He has won over 80 international awards, including four BAFTAs, an Emmy and the Grand Award at the New York International Film & TV Festival.

Adrian Peckitt


Adrian Peckitt is a Cinematographer based in London UK. In 2013 he graduated from the National Film and Television School’s Cinematography programme. His main drive is story-telling but he also has comprehensive technical knowledge, with experience in film and digital systems.

Amy Smith

Global Head of Recruitment, Framestore

Amy first joined Framestore in 2003 and has worked in VFX in both the UK and Canada in a variety of HR and recruitment related roles. In all of her roles she has had responsibility for headhunting and recruiting the best and brightest talent from around the world.

Andrea Luka Zimmerman


Andrea Luka Zimmerman is a London based filmmaker, artist and cultural activist. Her new essay-film Estate, a Reverie, tracks the passing of the Haggerston Estate in East London and the utopian promise of social housing it offered, with a spirited celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity.

Andy Evans


Andy’s most recent film producer credits include Keepers and Set Fire to the Stars. Previously the founder/MD of multi award winning The Pavement Studios, which grew over 13 years into one of Europe’s most creative DVD, Blu-ray and digital production & post production studios.

Avi Grewal

Commissioning Editor, NOWNESS

Avi is a Commissioning Editor at NOWNESS, working within the visual team to commission original short content and to source readymade cross-genre stories from around the globe. Her background is in factual television working within the Channel 4 Arts and Documentaries team.

Barry Ryan

Head of Production, Warp Films

Barry Ryan is the Head of Production for Warp Films, and is responsible for production across both the Warp Film’s Feature and Television slate. Since line-producing Warp’s first production, Chris Morris’ short My Wrongs 8245-8249 & 117 and Dead Man’s Shoes, Warp’s first feature.

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.

Danny Hargreaves

Founder, Real SFX

Danny began his career as a trainee working on popular TV shows such as London’s Burning and Soldier Soldier where he learnt his trade and grew through the ranks to become one of British television’s most renowned SFX supervisors. Last year saw Danny and his team work on Outlander.

Derek Walker

Association of Camera Operators

Derek started as a trainee over 20 years ago in Scotland. Focusing on his Steadicam interests and skills, he followed this path and became a full time Camera Operator. As an operator, and member of the ACO, he has be able to work across a wide range of productions.

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.

Emma Keith

Producer, National Theatre Live

Emma Keith is Producer of National Theatre Live where she oversees the ground-breaking broadcasting of plays live from the stage to cinemas worldwide, leading on the strategic and operational requirements of the broadcasts. Most recently, she has led the world’s first live broadcast of a theatre production in 4K to cinemas.

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.

Ian Fenton

Creative Director of Learning & Participation, Tyneside Cinema

Ian is Creative Director of Learning & Participation at Tyneside Cinema, leading on the design and delivery of a range of filmmaking activities for children and young people including Pop Up Film School, Northern Stars Fiction and the cinema’s national BFI Film Academy Residential Programme in Screenwriting.

Ian Mayor

Scriptwriter, Ubisoft Reflections

Ian is the Senior Scriptwriter for Reflections: A Ubisoft Studio and has written for WATCH_DOGS, Tom Clancy’s The Division, The Crew, Driver: San Francisco and Grow Home as well as producing narrative content for Lego and Acclaim. He has overseen all aspects of narrative production in games for almost 15 years.

Jordan Rossi

Rankin Film

Jordan Rossi is a writer, filmmaker and photographer. He joined Rankin Film Productions in 2012 and has since worked in production on commercials, music videos and short films with a variety of award-winning directors for clients including brands such as Panasonic, Sky Arts, O2 and Beats by Dre.

Karen Krizanovich

Journalist and writer

Karen is a journalist, writer, researcher and broadcaster based in London, Scotland and America, with credits on Stratton, Patient Zero, 24: Live Another Day and Gravity, among other productions. Her work has been published in The Times, The Sunday Times Style, Red, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Guardian and Elle.

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.

Lewis Metcalfe

Writer and director

Born in Stockport, Lewis discovered the art of filmmaking at college, where he found it to be the perfect creative outlet. Now, with a small handful of short film awards/festival selections, he has discovered an affinity with fictional drama, which offers a highly stimulating, rewarding and absorbing experience.

Linda Ruth Williams

Professor of Film, Southampton University

Linda Ruth Williams is Professor of Film in the English Department at Southampton University. She is author or editor of nine books and numerous articles on contemporary and classical film, gender, censorship, sexuality and literary culture, and has written for Sight and Sound, The Guardian and other publications.

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.

Mark Carey

Head of Cinematography, Northern Film School, Leeds Beckett University

Mark Carey is Head of Cinematography at the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University. Recent projects have included Martin Scorsese’s The 50 Year Argument and Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Wikileaks Story, as well as two short period dramas for the Slovenian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Patrick Hurley

Distribution Manager, Dogwoof

Patrick Hurley is Distribution Manager at Dogwoof, a leading film distributor and world sales agent specialising in high-profile feature-length documentaries. Primarily responsible for theatrical-release campaigns and audience-building, Patrick has worked on over 50 cinema releases for documentaries in the UK.

Peter Wignall

Association of Camera Operators

Peter Wignall joined the BBC in the Rostrum Camera department in 1978, where he worked with cameras on motion control benches and learned to programme Mark Roberts computers. Wignall has spent the last 21 years operating on commercials and films from Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels to X-Men First Class.

Philip Hunt


Director Philip Hunt is Co-Owner of STUDIO AKA – a multi-BAFTA winning and Oscar-nominated independent animation studio based in London. Known internationally for its idiosyncratic work, the company has created an eclectic range of projects and commercial work for some of the world’s top advertising brands.

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.

Philip Sindall

Association of Camera Operators

Philip Sindall studied film production at Harrow College of Technology and Art, before being lucky enough to secure a post as an assistant film cameraman at the BBC. After 7 years he moved on to pursue his dream of being a freelance features Camera Operator, which became a reality on Paperhouse in 1987.

Price James


With almost a decade of directing behind him, Price James has worked for a variety of clients including LG, Mr Kipling, PayPal and Turkish Airlines. Previously at Ridley Scott Associates, Price is now a director at BAFTA winning production company Agile Films. He specialises in “in camera” effects and craft-based disciplines.

Rachel Maclean


Maclean’s work slips inside and outside of history and into imagined futures, creating hyper-glowing, artificially saturated visions that are both nauseatingly positive and cheerfully grotesque. She is the only actor in her work, using green-screen video to present characters that toy with notions of identity.

Richard Heslop


Richard has been writing and developing feature film scripts for over 20 years, as well as progressing his work in photography, illustration, video installation and his collection of unique conceptual art pieces. In 2010 he set up I Like Films, Me Ltd with producers Ciska Faulkner and Philip Shotton to produce feature film Frank.

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.

Robin Vidgeon BSC FBKS

Cinematographer, Camera Operator

Robin Vidgeon started work at Pinewood Studios in the Camera Department in 1956. After two years he began his career as a freelance professional. A Director of Photography for approximately 26 years, his film credits include Hellraiser and Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Scott Burrell

Programme Producer, Random Acts North

Scott is the Programme Producer for Random Acts North, an initiative to identify and develop young filmmaking talent across the North of England. He was previously Young Person’s Coordinator at the South London Gallery where he instigated a number of innovative participatory arts projects with their youth forum.

Shelley Cobb

Associate Professor of Film, University of Southampton

Shelley Cobb is associate professor in Film and English at the University of Southampton. She is the author of Adaptation, Authorship and Contemporary Women Filmmakers and has published widely on women directors, celebrity culture, chick-flicks, film adaptation, and post-feminism.

Stephen Sutcliffe


Stephen Sutcliffe is a Glasgow based artist. His recent solo exhibitions include Rob Tufnell, London (2015), Tramway, Glasgow (2013) and Stills, Edinburgh (2011). In 2012, he won the Margaret Tait Award and was shortlisted for the Jarman Award in 2014. He has recently completed a residency at BBC Scotland.

Stephen Whelan

Pulse Films

Stephen Whelan is Head of Branded Entertainment at Pulse Films, responsible for helping grow the division within the company. Whelan joined the London Pulse Films Team in 2016 and is an integral part of their emerging international output, offering contemporary and culturally relevant content across all platforms.

Toby Coffey

Head of Digital Development, National Theatre

Working within the Broadcast & Digital department, Toby is responsible for the creative and technical development of the digital interfaces between the National Theatre and its audiences. Toby focuses on developing forms of digital engagement and interaction around the NT and its productions.