ASFF 2016 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 and explore the speaker profiles of the industry professionals who be attending the Networking Events at ASFF.


Networking Session 1

Friday 4 November 11:00 – 12.30
Dean Court Hotel

In attendance: Christine Morrow, Northern Ireland Screen, Tamsin Beevor, Forum Cinema Hexham, Christine Hogan, Make it York, Lucy Dusgate, Quays Culture, Tracy Spottiswoode, Ffilm Cymru, Aleksandra Dimitrijevi, The Smalls Film Festival and more.

Networking Session 2

Friday 4 November 13:30 – 15:00
Dean Court Hotel

In attendance: Claudia Yusef, Scottish Film Talent, Rupert Lee, Northern Film & Media, Jessica Loveland, Creative England, Niccolo Montanari, Fashion Film Consultant, London College of Fashion, Johnny Tull, Tyneside Cinema, Lou Phelps, BFI NET.WORK and more.

Networking Session 3

Saturday 5 November 11:00 – 12:30
Dean Court Hotel

In attendance: Stephen Hay, University of Leeds, Ed Hicks, RADA, Anna Macdonald, London Film Academy, Berwyn Rowlands, Iris Prize Festival, Lou Phelps, BFI NET.WORK and more.

Networking Session 4

Saturday 5 November 13.30 – 15:00
Dean Court Hotel

In attendance: Charles Cecil, Revolution Software, Isabelle Croissant, HOME, Lydia Beilby, Edinburgh Film Festival, Murray Woodfield, UK Film Festival, Claire Horrocks and Jonas Hawkins, Two Short Nights Film Festival, Anna Macdonald, London Film Academy, Marc Rome, Gstaadfilm and Luke Toyne, Maker Projects.

Networking Session 5

Sunday 6 November 12:00 – 13:30
Dean Court Hotel

In attendance: Phillip Ilson, London Short Film Festival, Stuart Page, York St John University, Robbie Gibbon, Editor and more.


Delegates 2016

Aleks Dimitrijevic

Film Festival Producer, The Smalls

Aleks is an Account Director and Film Festival Producer with 11 years of experience working in NYC, Belgrade, Sydney and London. Her experience ranges from production of TVCs and video content for brands such as L’Oreal, Unilever and Coca-Cola to event management for organisations like LSFF, Sundance London and MTV.

Anna MacDonald

London Film Academy

Anna keeps the wheels at LFA turning, ensuring that the Academy remains inspiring and cutting edge. Anna deals with the Academy’s day-to-day running, business development or the distribution of films made by students and graduates. She has produced hundreds of motion pictures.

Anne Holland

Gstaadfilm Festival

Anne Holland is a photographer (Gstaadfilm Documentar) and artist based in the Republic of Ireland. She has lived around the world and speaks many languages including Japanese, Spanish and Irish. Her specialism is the documenting of music personalities and distinctive portraits of individuals in countries in which she has lived.

Beat Michel-Sollberger

Co-Founder, Gstaadfilm Festival

Beat Michel-Sollberger is a practising doctor in Gstaad, Switzerland and one of the founders of the Gstaadfilm festival. He has previously been part of the Jury for the festival and has a lifelong love of art, poetry, music and of course film. He has founded other happenings within Switzerland and continues to support the arts.

Becky Bruzas

Director, Oska Bright Film Festival

Becky is a passionate advocate for learning disability film, and co-hosted the 2015 Festival at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange. Last year Becky represented Oska Bright at the Picture… This Film Festival in Calgary, Canada and is an experienced workshop leader, with a particular interest in public speaking training.

Ben Taylor

Industry Coordinator, Glasgow Film Festival

Industry Coordinator at Glasgow Film Festival, Ben manages the delivery of GFF’s industry focused events throughout the year. Previously Interactive Project Manager at Sheffield Doc/Fest, Ben has worked at festivals including Doc/Fest, London Film Festival and Vancouver Film Festival.

Berwyn Rowlands

Founder, The Iris Prize

Berwyn is a Welsh internationalist who has 30 years’ experience in film and events with a significant track record of turning artistic and strategic vision into reality. In 2006 he established the Iris Prize – presented annually during the Iris Film Festival in Cardiff. Seven short films have been produced to date with the Iris Prize.

Charles Cecil

Revolution Software

Charles Cecil has more than 30 years’ experience in video games. He is the founder of Revolution Software, one of the world’s leading game companies and has an interest in the narrative and aesthetic aspects of interactive entertainment.

Christine Morrow

Northern Ireland Screen

Christine is short film executive at Northern Ireland Screen. She is currently working on several initiatives through the Northern Ireland Screen BFI Net.Work initiative. Shorts to Features is a development scheme encouraging the development of proof-of-concept short films with a view to eventual feature production.

Claire Horrocks

Producer, Two Short Nights Festival

Claire curates the film programme for Exeter Phoenix, which includes specialised seasons, touring programmes, and a rich collection of contemporary independent film. She has been co-producing Two Short Nights Film Festival for six years and is instrumental in the Exeter Phoenix Short Film Commission Scheme.

Clare Anyiam-Osigwe

British Urban Film Festival

Dr Clare Anyiam-Osigwe is the wife of Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe and is an award-winning business owner in her own right. She joined the BUFF board along with producer Damian Jones in 2015 and is the co-founder of Jo Clare PR – a boutique press and PR agency. Prior to launching her businesses, Clare trained to be an actress.

Claudia Yusef

Talent Development Executive, Scottish Film Talent Network

Claudia Yusef is the Talent Development Executive for the Scottish Film Talent Network, which is supported by Creative Scotland, BFI & Creative Skillset, and forms the Scottish element of BFI NET.WORK. She is responsible for seeking out and identifying film talent and projects for development.

Colm McAuliffe

Senior Film Programmer, Cork Film Festival

Colm McAuliffe has over 10 years’ film programming and booking experience in the UK and Ireland and worked as a senior film programmer for Cork Film Festival throughout this period. He has also worked as consultant on a variety of festivals across Europe and is an experienced film critic.

Corrina Antrobus

Founder, The Bechdel Test Fest

Corrina Antrobus is the founder and director of The Bechdel Test Fest. What started as a one-year celebration to hail the 30th anniversary of the Bechdel Test, is now an ongoing celebration of positive female representation in film with frequent talks and screenings all around London.

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.

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.

Eleanor Hilton

Senior Producer

Eleanor works in IWM’s Public Engagement and Learning team, and is the Project Manager for IWM Short Film Festival. She has previously worked on events within the People Power: Fighting for Peace and Syria: A Conflict Explored seasons, and is currently working on IWM’s ground-breaking Age of Terror season.

Emilio Della Chiesa

Founder, River Film Festival

Emilio Della Chiesa was born in Verona, Italy, and is a Cinematographer and Director of River Film Festival, Padova. Ten years ago Emilio founded River Film Festival which has now grown into an international film festival. He has subsequently served as a jury member at festivals around the world.

Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe

Founder, British Urban Film Festival

Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe is a business owner and founded the British Urban Film Festival in 2005. BUFF was set-up to establish a better representation of diversity in UK film and TV. This is achieved via the films that BUFF screens, the audience it attracts and the talent it promotes.

Farah Panesar

Screentest National Student Film Festival

Farah Panesar has volunteered for Screentest National Student Film Festival for little over a year now and is ready to do my bit for this years festival too. She is in her final year of university at Greenwich studying Digital Film Production and is currently directing her graduate film.

Fidelis Duker

Director, Abuja International Film Festival

Fidelis Duker is one of Nigeria’s foremost filmmakers, and has written, produced and directed over 80 different motion pictures in his 25 years as a creative entrepreneur. He is a Former President of the Directors Guild of Nigeria and currently the Regional Secretary General of the Federation of Pan African Filmmakers.

Giedre Bumbulyte

European Independent Film Festival

Giedre is Festival Coordinator at the European ÉCU. Interning at ÉCU during her studies, she later received her BA in Creative Industries with a focus on Film and TV. She spent five years coordinating the film section at Devilstone Music Festival in Lithuania before returning to full time in 2015.

Greg McGee

Co-Founder, According to McGee

Co-founder of York-based contemporary art gallery According to McGee and charity New Visuality, Greg McGee is dedicated to bringing exposure to innovative, independent art. For 11 years According to McGee has exhibited the most exciting artists in the UK, selling to international collectors.

Helen Johnson

Director, Talking Point

Helen is the director of Talking Point and produces a wide range of industry training programmes for those working in film and television production. These include the Industry Sessions Programme for those working in craft and technical grades, the Induction Sessions programme for those looking to get into the industry, the Props Training Programme and the VFX / Art Department programmes.

Helen Upcraft

Assistant Curator – Film, IWM

Helen is Assistant Director of IWM Short Film Festival, managing submissions, shortlisting for and curating the programme. As the Assistant Curator in the IWM Film Archive, Helen facilitates access to the film collection, which covers conflicts involving British and Commonwealth troops since the start of the twentieth century

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.

Isabelle Croissant


Isabelle works at HOME, Manchester’s new international multi arts venue. She programmes events that aim to showcase and develop creative talents and forge connection between practitioners in all creative sectors. She also manages Filmed Up, HOME’s regular regional short film night.

John Wojowski

Founder, Kinofilm

John has worked in the independent cinema sector for 30 years. In 1993, he established the Kino Film Klub, a guerrilla, roving pop-up cinema club in Manchester. He founded Kinofilm International Short Film Festival in 1995. It is the most influential short film festival in the North West.

Jonas Hawkins

Producer, Two Short Nights Festival

Jonas has been managing digital media projects since 2001. His experience includes strategic development, programming and fund raising. He has commissioned over 80 artists through a number of major schemes and has been a central influence to Two Short Nights Film Festival since its launch 14 years ago.

Jonny Tull

Film Programming Consultant

Jonny Tull is a freelance consultant working in film programming, marketing, business strategy. Jonny has recently embarked on a freelance career after working at Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema since 1994, where he held senior management roles in marketing and programming.

Lou Phelps


Lou works across the British Film Institute’s talent initiative, the BFI NETWORK. Every year NETWORK invest £3 million of National Lottery funding in filmmakers. The funding goes towards short film production, feature development as well as a range of training programmes.

Lucy Dusgate

Producer, Quays Culture

Lucy Dusgate is Digital Programmer for The Lowry’s theatre and gallery spaces, and Producer of the Quays Culture outdoor public realm digital art programme at Salford Quays MediaCityUK. She has delivered art programmes in photography, film and performance for over 20 years. She is a board member of Contact Theatre.

Lydia Beilby

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Lydia Beilby is a moving image artist, curator and educator. Lydia has been Short Film Programmer for Edinburgh International Film Festival since 2010, has served on juries and panels internationally, collaborated with BAFTA on numerous panels, and hosted several workshops.

Marc Rome

Director, Gstaadfilm Festival

Marc Rome is an artist and Director of Gstaadfilm, as well as Director of other organisations within Switzerland – notably Wandelbar Art International and the environmental arts organisation G-Cubes, based in Bern, Switzerland. He currently lives in a remote location, in the Republic of Ireland.

Matthew Hellett

Programmer, Oska Bright Film festival

Filmmaker and performer Matthew Hellett has been a member of the Oska Bright Film Festival production team since 2006. He sits on the Legacy Team for Creative Minds, a national conversation about learning disability arts and where they sit within the wider arts world.

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.

Niccolò Montanari

Fashion Film Consultant

A founding member of Berlin Fashion Film Festival, Niccolò is looking to support the strong network of creatives working in fashion film by organising international meet-ups between brands, filmmakers and producers, curating screenings and facilitating collaborations between fashion film festivals.

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.

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.

Rupert Lee

Northern Film & Media

Rupert Lee has worked for eight years at Northern Film & Media. During that time he has run a number of talent development initiatives, delivered hundreds of events, and helped to bring part of the archive of Stanley Kubrick to the North East as part of a major exhibition at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.

Sam Groves

Programmer, Flatpack Film Festival

Sam has clocked up over ten years of programming alternative film events. Having started his career at ArtsFest, he went on to join the team at the Flatpack Film Festival in 2008, where he is currently festival programmer. In 2010 he founded KINO 10, a film exhibition organisation specialising in curating short film programmes.

Sarah Ahern

Programmer & Manager, ADIFF

Sarah Ahern programmes short films and the young people’s strand, Fantastic Flix, at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival (ADIFF). Sarah’s role at ADIFF spreads across projects management, audience development, industry engagement and key festival relationships with partners and funders.

Scott Hillier

Founder and President, European Independent Film Festival

Scott Hillier is an Australian director, cinematographer, screenwriter and producer based in Paris. He has gained international recognition from his strong cinematography, editing, writing producing and directing portfolio. He is also founder and President of The European Independent Film Festival.

Shane Finan

UK and Ireland Manager, Gstaadfilm

Shane Finan is a professional visual artist from Sligo, Ireland and (UK and Ireland Manager for Gstaadfilm). He achieved a BA in Fine Art from IT Sligo and an MSc in Interactive Digital Media from Trinity College Dublin. He has attended residencies in Ireland, Iceland and the USA.

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.

Simran Hans

Journalist and Film Programmer

Simran Hans is a freelance journalist and film programmer specialising in race and gender. She has written for publications including the BFI, BuzzFeed, Little White Lies and Sight & Sound, and has curated and hosted events in partnership with Barbican, ICO, Sheffield Doc/Fest, MUBI, Tate and Underwire Festival among others.

Stephen Hay

Lecturer in Film Production, University of Leeds

Stephen Hay is Lecturer in Film Production at the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds and has been teaching for over twenty years. One of the first directing graduates from the Northern School of Film and Television, he recently completed the centrepiece film for Joe Strummer Slept Here.

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.

Tamsin Beevor

Manager, Forum Cinema Hexham

Tamsin Beevor is manager of the single screen community-owned Forum Cinema Hexham.. She was involved in the purchase of the cinema by Hexham Community Partnership in 2007, the introduction of digital technology and screening of event cinema, and the launch of the Wide Skies Film Festival in June 2016.

Tracy Spottiswoode

Talent NET.WORK Manager, Ffilm Cymru Wales

Tracy oversees Talent Development for the BFI NET.WORK and joined Ffilm Cymru Wales having established a career as an award-winning writer, director and animator, as well as professional script editing and creative writing consultancies. Screen work includes commissions from BBC Films, S4C and indie studios.

Varghese Kurian

Director, International Children Film Festival

Mr Varghese Kurian is Executive Producer of CMS Jai Jagat Films. He is presently heading the Multimedia, Maintenance, Audio Video Films and FM Educational Radio Division of the world famous educational institution City Montessori School. Under his able guidance many educational children’s films have been made.