ASFF 2016 Speakers

Find out more about the ASFF Speakers who joined us from 3 - 6 November 2016 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.

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.

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.

Andrew Higson

Head, Department of Theatre, Film and TV, University of York

Andrew Higson is Greg Dyke Professor of Film and Television, and Head of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York. He has published widely on the history of British cinema, and is editor of Young and Innocent? Cinema in Britain, 1896-1930 (University of Exeter Press, 2002).

Caroline Moran


Caroline is the writer and co-creator (with her sister Caitlin) of Channel 4’s Raised By Wolves. She’s also written for theatre and has worked as a journalist and a stand up comedian. She currently has a comedy series Preppers in development with BBC Radio 4.

Celia Haining

Film and TV Editor

Celia started assisting in the cutting rooms of award-winning films like The Full Monty, Twelve Monkeys and Road To Perdition. Shane Meadows’ Dead Man’s Shoes was her break as a feature film editor. Since then, she’s cut a dozen features, including Charlie Stratton’s In Secret with Oscar Isaac.

Clive Jackson ACO GBCT

Association of Camera Operators

With almost forty years in the film business, Clive has had experience in the Camera Department of most industry sectors. Since 1998 he has been a camera operator on productions as diverse as Cold Feet, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Fast and Furious and Spectre.

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.

Danielle Slater

Casting Networks UK

Danielle Slater is part of the Casting Networks UK team and provides support for agents, casting directors and production companies in the north. Most recently Danielle worked as a casting assistant for Emma Stafford Casting before joining the CNI team in 2014.

David Osborne

Lead Designer, RuneScape

David is Lead Designer of the world’s largest free-to-play browser MMO, RuneScape. He has worked at Jagex for ten years and, over that period, has overseen the return of RuneScape to growth. He is responsible for the quality of RuneScape’s design, and the game’s world and narrative.

David Worley ACO

Association of Camera Operators

David’s first job as operator was on the 2nd unit of Raiders of the Lost Ark. In the eighties, he worked on the other Indiana Jones films, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Aliens. He has since worked on The World Is Not Enough, two Mummy films, Alien 3, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Full Monty and Game of Thrones.

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.

Emily Butler

Curator, The Whitechapel Gallery

Emily Butler is a curator, writer and translator, currently Mahera and Mohammad Abu Ghazaleh Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery. Alongside curating the Artists’ Film International programme at the Gallery, she has worked on exhibitions, commissions and major solo presentations.

Gill Isles

Comedy Producer

Gill Isles is a BAFTA winning-comedy producer whose production credits include Ideal; Hebburn; Gavin & Stacey; After Hours and Rovers for Sky 1 and Broken Biscuits and Comedy Playhouse for BBC1. Gill won a BAFTA for Peter Kay’s Car Share and has just completed work on the second series.

Grant Montgomery

Production Designer

Grant is an award winning production designer whose credits include Peaky Blinders, Steven Poliakoff’s Dancing on the Edge, The Crimson Petal and the White, and the adaption of the Sebastian Faulks novel Birdsong. Other credits include Death Comes to Pemberley and Worried About the Boy.

Greg & Myles McLeod

Filmmakers, The Brothers McLeod

The Brothers McLeod write, draw, and make animations. They’ve won numerous awards including BAFTAs and Webbys, and have worked with the likes of Hit, Entertainment One, Disney, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Aardman Animation, the Royal Shakespeare Company and plenty more.

Howard Ella


Howard has overseen the production of over 130 hours of primetime British television drama and comedy. Most recently he produced the highly acclaimed BBC1 adaptation of An Inspector Calls and is currently Production Executive for BBC1’s Poldark and ITV’s Fearless.

James Stevenson Bretton

Executive Producer, Blinkink

James Stevenson Bretton is Executive Producer of award-winning advertising production company Blinkink and a Creative Director. He has produced TV commercials and music videos for 10 years, including John Lewis’s The Bear & The Hare and Cravendale’s Barry The Biscuit Boy.

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 Haldane

Agent, PBJ Management

Kate’s particular remit is looking after comedy writers and broadcasters. Her clients number several Emmy, BAFTA and RTS Award winners and Oscar nominees. Their credits include Veep, The Thick Of It, Harry Hill’s TV Burp, Raised By Wolves, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, The News Quiz and more.

Kate Townsend

Commissioning Editor, Storyville

Kate has directed and produced a wide range of factual programmes, including Paddington Green, Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekend and films in the This World and Cutting Edge strands. She is currently commissioning and overseeing BBC’s acclaimed Storyville strand.

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.

Kristian Smith

Commissioning Editor, Comedy, BBC

Kristian Smith is Commissioning Editor for BBC scripted comedy, looking after content across the four BBC channels. Recent commissions include: Catherine Tate’s Nan, Shaun The Sheep: Farmer’s Llamas, Broken Biscuits, Boy Meets Girl, Gert Lush Christmas, Uncle, Man Like Mobeen and Detectorists.

Liam Gleeson

Creative Director, Hidden Agency

Liam is a filmmaker and creative director whose approach blends the visual language of fashion with beautiful image making. He co-founded Hidden Agency, through which he has worked for lifestyle and fashion brands on projects spanning film, interactive experiences, graphic design and editorial photography.

Luke Toyne

Executive Producer, Maker Projects

Luke is Maker Projects’ Executive Producer in London, leading the company’s expansion into the capital. He has been working as a live action, post-production and VFX producer since 2000, specialising in branded content, commercials, music promos and channel branding for clients including Asda, Ford, ITV and Sky.

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.

Lynden Campbell

Head of Synchronisation Domino Publishing Co. Ltd

Lynden began her career at EMI Records, licensing music from across the EMI, Virgin and Mute roster including artists like Kate Bush, Blondie, Queen, Nick Cave and the Beach Boys. Time at the major culminated in being involved in various international campaigns and films such as Children of Men.

Marie-Claire Isaaman

CEO, Women in Games UK

Marie-Claire is an artist, educator and consultant. In 2014 she was inducted into the EA European Women in Games Hall of Fame for her trailblazing work in games higher education and is named in the MCV (The Market for Computer & Video Games) Top 100 UK Women in Games Awards 2014 and 2015.

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.

Mark Ogilvie

Design Director, Jagex

Mark is design director for the RuneScape franchise and directs all the game development projects from concept to launch. Far from happy atop a directorial ivory tower, Mark likes to get involved with all aspects of Jagex’s development cycle and can often be found in the audio booth or working with testers on gameplay.

Melanie Williams

Head of Film, Television and Media Studies, University of East Anglia

Melanie Williams is Reader in Film and Television Studies and Head of the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at the University of East Anglia. She is the author of Prisoners of Gender: Women in the Films of J. Lee Thompson, David Lean and Female Stars of British Cinema, as well as many articles on British cinema.

Nicci Topping

Casting Director, Topps Casting

Nicci Topping was born and raised in Yorkshire and operates Topps Casting. She has many years experience of casting for feature film, commercials, short film, dramas, pop promos, voice-overs, photography and theatre. She recently cast feature films Dusty and Me, The Rise of the Krays, The Black Prince and Northern Soul.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Steve Rawle

York St John University

Steve Rawle is an associate professor at York St John University, where he has taught media production and film studies for nearly a decade. His research covers independent American and cult Japanese films. He has published articles on a range of topics ranging from independent film stars to Godzilla movies.

Vanessa Breganciano

Creative Producer, Hidden

Hidden is a full service creative agency focused on delivering original work, campaigns and strategy for the fashion and lifestyle industries. With over nine years of experience Vanessa oversees each project from initial proposal concept to final execution, providing a professional and efficient creative management.

Vincent McGahon

Association of Camera Operators

After completing a Degree Course in Film & Television in York, Vincent went freelance and expanded his work into TV drama, pop promos, commercials and features. His credits include Emmerdale, Shakespeare In Love, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Sherlock Holmes 1 & 2, Penny Dreadful, Paddington and Legend.