Industry Sessions Speakers 2017

Find out more about the ASFF Speakers who will join us from 8 - 12 November 2017 to share their expertise in the film, fashion, advertising and music industries. Their events will take on a range of formats including panels, industry sessions, drop-in meet-and-greets and informal Q&A sessions at Official Selection film screenings.

Chris Toumazou

Director at COMPULSORY

Director of London based production company COMPULSORY, Chris Toumazou oversees all feature and narrative driven content while developing and directing his own films and music videos, with accolades from SXSW and the UKMVA’s.

Andi Osho

Performer & Director

Andi Osho is an award-winning writer, performer and director whose career both in front of and behind the camera, spans 20 years. Her work as a performer began in fringe and off West End theatre performing in plays such as Medea, Yellowman and The Fall of New Labour.

Anne Edyvean

BBC Writersroom

Anne is the head of the BBC Writersroom, which develops new writers (and some directors). She also works closely with BBC Commissioning in Drama, Comedy and Children’s programmes, and with programme makers, including in-house, BBC Studios and Indies.

Chris Hainstock

University of Lincoln

Chris Hainstock is a Film Editor and Senior Lecturer in Media and Audio Production at University of Lincoln. He worked at the BBC for 24 years, on drama, documentaries and music programmes. He is a member of the Guild of British Film and Television Editors. Chris is also a sound designer.

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.

Eliot Carroll

Director & Founder

Eliot has lived in London all of his life and attended the BRIT school before studying at The University of North London, now London Metropolitan. He moved into the television industry in 2005 after working for several years in a corporate environment, going on to set up Tinderflint in 2010.

Emma Edwards

Cinematographer & Shooting PD

Emma has worked for over 15 years across film, TV and other multiplatform productions. Her work in film as a Camera Operator has featured at several BAFTA supported Film Festivals, and her self shooting work in documentary has been shortlisted by the BBC and BFI.

Erika Trotzig

Creative Director, Studio Private

Erika Trotzig is a Swedish fashion designer, and the creative director of Studio Private, a production house based in London. In a career spanning over 20 years she has worked in haute couture, ran her own clothing label, lectured in design process across the UK’s leading universities.

Fraser Ayres

TriForce Creative Network

Fraser Ayres is a multi-award-winning actor / writer / director and CEO and co-founder of The TriForce Creative Network. Ayres has also produced and managed events and projects on a variety of scales through The TCN.

Harun Güler

Director/ Artist

Harun Güler is a Berlin based video director and artist. His work ranges from fashion film and music videos to installations. Born and raised in Germany by Turkish parents, Güler’s main area of interest remains traditions and performance of gender in the everyday.

Howard Bargroff

Founder, Sonorous Post

After graduating with a degree in Electronic Engineering, a job at Dolby introduced Howard into the film audio post production world. Howard created his own post production sound company, Sonorous Post, which he is currently running in tandem with a busy freelance career.

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.

Ivan Chandler

Founder, Musicalities

Ivan Chandler founded Musicalities Limited in 1995 and has since become one of the UK’s leading Music Copyright & Licensing Specialists. Clients include Aardman Animations, Discovery, IMG Media, British Black Music, Amnesty International and the International Olympic Committee.

Jacqueline Abrahams

Production Designer

Jacequeline Abrahams trained in Fine Art, being as creative as possible where possible. She fell into scenic painting whilst living in Glasgow, which led to working on an NFTS graduation film on the Isle of Mull, which then led to small theatre / art pieces, and eventually, art direction.

Jaime Estrada-Torres


Jaime started as an assistant film editor in 1983. He was an Avid Film Products Specialist for Avid Europe, and Avid Film Consultant on projects such as: Tomorrow Never Dies; Lucas’s The Empire Strikes Back; Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut; Spielberg’s Band of Brothers.

Jam Patal


As a director, Jam’s love for the female form, honed from years in fashion, make her short films a feast for the eyes and senses. Her work is filled with a signature passion, energy, warmth and humour. Her commercial & editorial clients include Vogue Brazil, Charlotte Olympia.

Josh Thomas

Camera Operator

Josh graduated from York St John in 2014 with a degree in Film & TV Production. He has worked as producer with agency Limehouse on projects across a variety of platforms. He went freelance this year and has worked on commercials, music video and TV shows.

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.

Kadri Mahmoud

Head of Production

Kadri came from a background in documentary feature film before arriving at COMPULSORY as the Head of Production. Kadri develops documentary and narrative film as well as overseeing all commercial content after COMPULSORY’s expansion into advertising in 2016.

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.

Kevin Chan

Acquisitions Manager

Kevin Chan is the Acquisitions Manager of Thunderbird Releasing, an all-rights film distribution company based in London. Canadian media group Thunderbird Entertainment, acquired established UK indie Soda Pictures in 2015 and relaunched it this year as Thunderbird Releasing.

Kiran Mandla

Executive Producer at Compulsory

Founding Partner and Executive Producer Kiran Mandla oversees all music content at London based production production company COMPULSORY. Kiran has built a network in post production as an editor of award nominated music video and commercial work.

Lauren Houlton

Events Programmer

Lauren Houlton is a writer and curator based in London. She works as Events Programmer at Jerwood Visual Arts, which is a national programme supporting visual arts practice, through which Jerwood Charitable Foundation works with early career artists to commission new work.

Leila Monks

Co-Founder of Antidote Productions

Leila Monks, Co-Founder of Antidote Productions, has produced an impressive slate of critically acclaimed documentaries including the multi-award nominated Professor Green: Suicide and Me (BBC Three) and the soon to be released Olly Alexander: Growing up Gay.

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.

Luke Redgrave

Association of Camera Operators

Luke secured a camera department apprenticeship at Sameulson’s Film Service. He spent seven years as a clapper loader, another seven as a focus puller, and has spent the last thirteen years as an Operator on Features such as Avengers Age of Ultron and London Spy.

Matimba Kabalika

Talent Manager, BFI NET.WORK

Matimba looks after the talent development programme BFI NETWORK and the accompanying website. She joined BFI in 2012 after she spent four years at Partizan working on a number of projects including production on commercials and music videos.

Melanie Iredale

Deputy Director at Sheffield Doc/Fest

Melanie Iredale was appointed Deputy Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2014, having previously worked freelance as Doc/Fest’s Development Consultant since 2010. Melanie’s background is as a film curator and festival producer, working in cinemas across the North of England.

Michael Lewin

Commissioner at Nowness

Michael Lewin is an original content creative with over 15 years’ experience as a commissioner, filmmaker, producer, advertising creative, writer and editor. As Commissioner at NOWNESS, he leads on branded content creative for the likes of MINI, Versace, Audi and Nike.

Minnie Ayres

TriForce Creative Network

Minnie and Fraser set up TriForce Productions in 2015, exec producing their first commission in November 2016, Sorry, I Didn’t Know, an inclusive comedy panel show about black history, for ITV2’s Fresh season.

Neil Kidney

Founder & Director

With an unwanted degree in product design under his belt, and knowing nothing about animation, he moved to the UK and did an MA in Computer Animation. After 1 year studying, and not knowing much about animation or the industry, he set up Seed Animation with Morgan Powell.

Nic Morris

Director of Photography

Nic Morris BSC, Director of Photography, has had a varied career. Starting in documentaries working for the American networks on series in Russia and China. Recent work includes TV work including this year’s The Loch for ITV and Love Lies and Records for the BBC.

Niccolò Montanari

Fashion Film Consultant

Born in Italy and raised in the UK, fashion film and video consultant Niccolò Montanari built his experience in fashion film as one of the founding members of Berlin Fashion Film Festival. From selecting relevant speakers and jury members and curating screenings.

Nicola Lees

WFTV Mentoring Scheme

Nicola Lees produces a high-profile mentoring scheme for Women in Film and TV UK, which helps mid-career women overcome a variety of career challenges. She also runs the Sara Putt Associates Trainee and Foundation Schemes at Shepperton Studios.

Nicolas Chaudeurge


Nicolas graduated from the National Film and Television School in 2001 during which time he was awarded the 1st Prize in Editing at the Kodak Commercials Competition and the Best Editing prize at the Drama Film Festival. Between 1993 and 2005 he edited 20 award winning short films.

Oliver Mitchell

Sound Designer

Oliver is a graduate of Film & TV Production at York St John where Ride Out was his final student film. He was involved in the sound, editing & production departments. His debut short film was a Roman mini-epic: Il Constantia (2016). He is currently working on a number of film projects.

Paul Schleicher

Executive Producer

Paul is an experienced Executive Producer, responsible for axisVFX’s continued development. Prior to Axis, he worked in production roles in leading VFX companies such as The Mill, Realise and Glassworks, and the BBC. He has produced international campaigns for global brands.

Peter Cavaciuti ACO

Association of Camera Operators

Peter had a passion for drawing as a child which later led him to art college. Since then, he has been fortunate enough to work with Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese and William Freedkin, some of the filmmakers and who inspired him to follow his path into filmmaking.

Peter Collis

Technical Manager, INITION

Peter Collis has a unique understanding of complex production workflows. He has worked at INITION for six years, heading up the 360 Stereoscopic team, previously a Camera Engineer & Lens Specialist supporting productions including Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows.

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 Stevens

University of Lincoln

Philip Stevens is a film and theatre director, writer and producer. His work has been selected for festivals around the world and have won numerous international awards, including a Royal Television Society award for best short drama, a Celtx Seeds award and a BUFVC award.

Raquel Couceiro

Head of Fashion Film at SHOWstudio

As SHOWstudio’s Head of Fashion Film, Raquel Couceiro works directly with Nick Knight to create, edit and commission fashion films. Couceiro is responsible for representing SHOWstudio and developing its reputation as the Home of Fashion Film.

Rodrigo Gutierrez

The Association of Camera Operators

Rodrigo is a camera operator, and has worked on a number of big production feature films. Some of his credits include “A” Camera, 2nd Unit on Jack the Giant Slayer, and Pan, and “A” Camera Main Unit on the BAFTA nominated film Quartet. He is one of the founding members of the ACO.

Sebastian Synowiec


Sebastian is a director and creative content marketer for companies in Germany, Poland and Austria. He studied theatre/film in Vienna, before graduating with MA from York St John in 2012. His film, Persistence, won 6 LA movie awards amongst other accolades.

Steven Bode

Film and Video Umbrella

Steven is Director of Film and Video Umbrella, a London agency who are Britain’s main commissioners of artists’ film and video work. During his time, he has initiated and overseen well over a hundred different projects, including new works from artists such as Isaac Julien and Gillian Wearing.

Stuart Aitken

Creative Director & Co-Founder

Stu is a certified industry veteran, bringing two decades of experience in digital creativity to Axis Studios. Stu graduated from the Glasgow School of Art with honours in design in the 90s, and co-founded Axis in 2000 in partnership with Richard Scott, Dana Dorian, and Graham McKenna.

Sunny Teich

Visual Effects Artist

Sunny Teich works as a Lead FX Technical Director at Framestore, an Oscar-winning vfx studio in London. She specializes in creating CG elements for film. In addition to her work in film, her writing on the subject has been published by Salon and Motherboard.

Tony Richards

University of Lincoln

Tony Richards is a senior lecturer in Media Production. He has written many articles and papers on subjects such as ‘Derida and Social Networks’, and ‘the hauntology of the computer game.’ He is fascinated by the possibilities and creativity of FLAME compositing software.

Zeb Achonu


A highly experienced Film and TV editor with more than 17 years experience in the industry, Zeb has strong credits across various genres, working for broadcasters including the BBC, ITV and UKTV. Balancing parenthood with her career has focused her aim and led to achievements