Industry Delegates & Guest Speakers 2019

ASFF’s industry delegates share their expertise from a range of industries, from fashion and advertising to music, and of course, the various aspects of film. Attending the festival for masterclasses, panel discussions and networking events, find out more about our stellar list of individuals and organisations joining us for 2019.

Aduke King

Film Programmer

Aduke has worked as a Short Film Programme Advisor for the BFI London Film Festival as well as East End Film Festival, Underwire and London Short Film Festival. She loves discovering new films, helping them to reach a wider audience.

Alex Dudok de Wit

Film Journalist & Programmer

Alex is a freelance film journalist and programmer. He writes for publications such as Sight & Sound, The Telegraph and Time Out. He also curates for Short of the Week, a platform promoting a new wave of emerging filmmakers.

Andi Osho

Filmmaker, Writer & Performer

Andi Osho is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and performer who has appeared on UK and US TV in Lights Out, Shazam, Curfew and more. She has performed comedy internationally, and her short films have appeared in global film festivals.

Bec Evans

Head of Video Development

Bec Evans is Head of Video Development at Dazed; she works across Dazed Media’s publications to direct, produce, programme and  commission in conjunction with editorial and commercial teams. Bec’s productions champion diversity.

Charles Cecil

Revolution Games

Charles Cecil MBE has been a key figure in the interactive entertainment industry for 40 years. Founder of Revolution Software, today one of the world’s leading adventure game companies, Charles has created numerous narrative-driven games.

Charlie Phillips

Head of Video
The Guardian

Charlie Phillips is the Head of Video at The Guardian, commissioning and acquiring new documentaries from all around the world for the Guardian documentaries strand…

Chris Shepherd

Independent Filmmaker

Chris Shepherd is a multi-award-winning director, writer and producer. From his award winning directorial debut for Channel 4 in 1997 with The Broken Jaw, Chris has worked on many renowned TV Shows and commercials including Nathan Barley.

Chris Wyatt

Film Editor

Chris Wyatt has worked with a mix of acclaimed British film directors from Peter Greenaway to Shane Meadows. Spanning a career of more than 40 years, his credits include The Pillow Book, This is England, Calibre and God’s Own Country.

Cornelius Walker

Director / Screenwriter

Cornelius is a director and screenwriter and was the subject of the Oscar-Nominated documentary Black Sheep. He has worked with clients such as Google, William & Grant and HSBC as well as developing his feature film and TV projects.

Craig McNeil

Director of Creative Projects
Beggars Group

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, Stornoway, Glass Animals, Daughter and The xx.

Dionne Farell

Development Executive
BBC Films

Dionne is a Development Executive for BBC Films. Prior to joining BBC Films in 2018, Dionne started out as a runner in factual production, before moving over into scripted development, working for companies such as the BFI and Unigram.

Ed Perkins

Documentary Director

Ed Perkins is an Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker whose films have won numerous international awards. Ed has directed films for Netflix, the BBC, The Guardian, National Geographic and Channel 4 and is a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit.

Elaine Wong

The Other Set

Elaine is a Programme Advisor for BFI London Film Festival and previews for Sheffield Doc/Fest and Underwire. She co-founded VR Distribution company Other Set in 2017, and currently works at the National Centre for Immersive Storytelling: StoryFutures Academy.

Helen Upcraft

Assistant Curator
Imperial War Museum

Helen is the Assistant Curator in the Media Sales and Licensing team, providing access to the IWM Film collection. Since joining the Film Archive in 2014, Helen has worked on projects with academics, artists, cultural and heritage organisations.

Ian Bignell

Submissions Coordinator
Festival Forumla

Ian is the Submissions Coordinator for Festival Formula, handling the festival submissions for the company’s huge slate of films. He is also active in delivering talks on festival strategy at festivals across the UK, helping filmmakers realise their potential.

James Mather

Sound Editor
Soundbyte Studios

Born in Bristol, UK, James started as an apprentice picture editor in 1982 working on early Aardman Animation projects and numerous Natural History documentaries.? In…

Jan Harlan

Executive Producer

Jan Harlan was Executive Producer on many Stanley Kubrick films, from Barry Lyndon to Eyes Wide Shut. He has worked with Steven Spielberg and Warner Brothers across narrative and documentary. Jan was an key figure in forming the Kubrick Archive.

Jessica Bugg

London College of Fashion

Dr Jessica Bugg is Dean of the School of Media and Communication, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London and was awarded a…

Jude Lister

Film Project Manager
Creative England

Jude manages programmes for emerging UK film talent, including low budget feature development lab iFeatures and the short film initiative shortFLIX with BBC Films, BFI and Sky Arts. Jude has also worked for Encounters Film Festival.

Julian Foddy

VFX Supervisor
Industrial Light & Magic

Julian Foddy is VFX Supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic – a visual effects and animation studio founded in 1975 by George Lucas. Julian’s personal credits include blockbusters Avengers, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Ready Player One.

Katie McCullough

Festival Formula

Katie McCullough is the founder of Festival Formula Ltd, a consultancy company focusing on filmmakers covering festival strategy. Katie has hosted a wide range of workshops at BFI, Glasgow Short Film Festival and Encounters Film Festival.

Luke Toyne

Executive Producer
Maker Projects

Luke’s first credit as producer was the first music promo to be shot in HD – the Sneaker Pimps’ “Sick” in 2001. Since then he has specialised in branded content and TV commercials for the likes of Saatchi & Saatchi, M&C Saatchi, Sky and ITV.

Manjinder Virk

Actress & Filmmaker

Screen International Star of Tomorrow Manjinder Virk is an accomplished actress, writer and director, having worked extensively in theatre, TV, film and radio. Her second…

Marion Comengre

Studio Executive
SKY Drama

Marion is a film studio executive who joined the UK division of Studiocanal – the film wing of the Canal+/Vivendi group – in 2009. During…

Mathieu Ajan

Talent Executive
BFI Network

Mathieu is a BFI NETWORK talent executive and the founder of Bounce Cinema, a pop-up cinema dedicated to bringing communities together and celebrating exciting new filmmaking talent. He is passionate about championing new talent.

Max Park

Development Editor

Max is a Development Editor at Film4, Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Max works with both new and established filmmakers. The company’s slate includes Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Ex Machina and Slumdog Millionaire

Meghan Cruz

Development Executive

Meghan Cruz is the Development Executive at Babycow (Gavin and Stacey, The Mighty Boosh). With experience in scouting emerging talent and diverse voices, she works with international writers for global audiences to bring ideas to life.

Minnie Carver

Video Producer
British Vogue

Minnie Carver’s role at British Vogue involves commissioning, producing and often directing filmed content for the magazine’s video platforms. Her work bridges the gap between print and digital, responding to printed and photographic features.

Niccolò Montanari

Fashion Film Curator and Publicist

Niccolò is a curator and publicist, focusing on fashion film. One of the Co-founders of the Berlin Fashion Film and The Commissioners, he is an authority on Fashion and the moving image, collaborating with various platforms and filmmakers.

Noe Mendelle

Scottish Documentary Institute

Noe started her film career with Steel Bank Films, a C4 film workshop. She is an experienced director, producer and executive producer, having worked on numerous award-winning and highly popular documentaries across BBC and Channel 4.

Paul Webster

Shoebox Films

Paul is an Oscar nominated, BAFTA and Golden Globe winning producer. In a career spanning 40 years, he has made over 100 films including the commercially and critically successful The English Patient, Atonement and Pride and Prejudice.

Phoebe Roberts


Phoebe looks after The Artangel Collection, a body of moving image works commissioned by Artangel. She collaborates with the likes of Tate and with curatorial colleagues across the UK to exhibit these innovative pieces in new contexts.

Richard Melman

Managing Director
Spring Films

Richard has produced, directed and commissioned a wealth of programmes for both British and International broadcasters, including the BAFTA-nominated Cold War. He is the Executive Producer and Managing Director for Spring Films.

Ruairidh MacNeill


Ruairidh is a modeller for Framestore, a BAFTA and Oscar-award winning creative studio with credits including Blade Runner 2049 and Avengers: Endgame. MacNeill specialises in hard surface for film whilst helping new talent break into the industry.

Sadie Clayton

Fashion Designer

Sadie Clayton is designer exploring the creative boundaries between art, technology and fashion. Fascinated by innovation, Sadie has presented work at the Royal Academy of the Arts, Tate and V&A, and created content with Adobe films.

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.

Simon Chinn


Simon Chinn is a double Oscar-winning producer who is responsible for some of the most successful feature documentaries of recent years, including Man on Wire, Searching for Sugar Man and Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie.

Simon Nelson

Development Executive
BBC Writers Room

Simon Nelson is the Development Executive for BBC Writersroom. He takes the lead in the development of new writers and writing for BBC Drama, Comedy…

Simon Richings

Executive Creative Director

Simon Richings is Executive Creative Director at AnalogFolk London. With 22 years of experience, he has worked with companies including Marmite, PG Tips and Sainsbury’s on successful campaigns. The company was part of the FT 1000 in 2018.

Sven Pötting

Filmfest Dresden

Since 2017, Sven Pötting has been the programmer and coordinator of FILMFEST DRESDEN – International Short Film Festival. Previously, he worked as for a film distribution company, as a film critic and lecturer at universities in Germany.

Tom Box

Exec Producer, Blue Zoo

Tom co-founded Blue Zoo in 2000 and continues to be a driving force in the animation production company. He is executive creative within commercials and games, whilst managing Blue Zoo’s AnimDojo. Tom also runs the studio’s short film programme.

Tom Ivin


As i-D’s in-house video director, Tom pushes the boundaries of moving-image, and has documented a number of youth culture scenes around the world, including underground ravers in Kiev and alternative LGBTQ+ nightlife in NY.

Will Byles

Supermassive Games

Will Byles has been an actor, producer, designer, animator and director in game, film, TV. He was Creative Director at Aardman Animation, External Producer with EA and has worked on the BAFTA winning Until Dawn at Supermassive Games.