Industry Delegates & Guest Speakers 2021

For 2021, ASFF welcomed renowned guest speakers and industry representatives from key organisations, sharing their professional expertise across masterclasses, spotlights, panel discussions, networking events and pitching sessions.

Alexander Whitley

Alexander Whitley is a choreographer working at the cutting edge contemporary dance. He has developed a reputation for a bold interdisciplinary approach to dance making, producing innovative and thought provoking works.

Alice Seabright

Alice Seabright is a writer and director based in London who was named as a 2019 Screen International Star of Tomorrow. Alice is currently showrunning her original series CHLOE for the BBC and Amazon. Alice directed for Sex Education series two.

Anna Hintzen

Anna is a Development Executive at Studiocanal UK. As the premier European Studio, Studiocanal works with new and established talent, focusing on local British feature films as well as exciting projects with European DNA for a global audience.

Anthony Andrews

Co-Founder, We Are Parable

Anthony Andrews is the Co-founder and Creative Director of We Are Parable, an award winning film exhibition company. They provide UK audiences with opportunities to experience Black Cinema in culturally relevant, memorable ways.

Anthony Farquhar-Smith

Stop motion director Anthony Farquhar Smith is known for his storytelling and unique animation style. He has directed numerous commercials, as well as working with the likes of renowned filmmakers Wes Anderson and Tim Burton.

Carlos Catalan


Carlos Catalan is a Director of Photography and Cinematographer with short and feature credits including Broadchurch, Third Star and The Eichmann Show. Carlos has worked on commercials with major brands such as Volkswagen and Dell.

Charlie Croft

Charlie is an Assistant Director at City of York Council. With a brief that includes arts and culture, he champions and celebrates York’s outstanding arts, culture and heritage and its status as the UK’s first UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts.

Christina Newland

Christina Newland is the lead film critic at the i Newspaper and a journalist on film, pop culture and boxing at VICE, Sight & Sound, BBC, MUBI, Empire, and others. Her first book, She Found It at the Movies, was published in March 2021.

Clare Stewart

For 25 years, Clare has been connecting films and filmmakers with audiences. She is now a creative and development consultant and a member of the BAFTA Film Committee. Previously, she was Director of BFI London Film Festival.

Cornelius Walker

Cornelius Walker is a director and screenwriter whose first film was the Oscar-Nominated Black Sheep produced by Lightbox and The Guardian. Through his own company, he has worked with leading brands Such as Google and HSBC.

Hannah Bush Bailey

BFI Doc Society

The BFI Doc Society Fund aims to develop storytellers from all parts of the UK, backing documentaries with bold cultural and social ambitions. Hannah Bush Bailey works across the funds feature slate and Made of Truth Short Scheme, supporting filmmakers.

Hannah Marie Williams

Casting Director, Backstage

With 10 years of casting experience, Hannah has worked across most corners of the casting world. Since 2016, Hannah has worked with Backstage, the largest international casting platform, actor publication and hub, finding the right talent.

Harry MacQueen

Writer & Director

MacQueen is a writer, director and producer. His second feature, Supernova, starred Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci. It was longlisted for two BAFTAs, including Best British Film. He was longlisted for the Breakthrough Brit Award.

Jeanie Finlay

Jeanie Finlay is an award-winning filmmaker and one of Britain’s most distinctive documentary makers. She tells intimate stories to international audiences, such as the Emmy nominated Game Of Thrones: The Last Watch and BIFA-nominated Seahorse.

Jess Loveland

Jess is Head of New Writing at BBC. Previously, she oversaw the national strategy for the BFI NETWORK working closely with the UK-wide team of Talent Execs and colleagues in the BFI Film Fund, supporting and promoting the next generation of filmmakers.

Jessica Bugg

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 PhD from the same institution in 2006. Jessica’s work has been screened in venues including the ICA.

Jude Lister

Jude leads BFI NETWORK Wales talent initiatives, supporting emerging Welsh or Wales-based filmmakers through training, development and production. Prior to Ffilm Cymru, she managed Creative England’s iFeatures development lab.

Julian Foddy

Julian Foddy is a VFX supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic. He has worked on many exciting film projects including Spielberg’s Ready Player One and Solo: A Star Wars Story. He was Global Supervisor for Spiderman: Far From Home and Artemis Fowl.

Kate Rolfe

Digital Orchard Foundation

Kate Rolfe heads up the Digital Orchard Foundation, an organisation which focuses on supporting talent progression for individuals from underrepresented groups in technical on-set and post-production roles in film and television.

Katie McCullough

Festival Formula

Katie is the founder of Festival Formula Ltd, a consultancy company focusing on filmmakers covering festival strategy. With over 13 years’ experience she’s hosted workshops at BFI Flare, Encounters and Glasgow Short Film Festival.


MarBelle is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of independent film curation and interview site Directors Notes, a destination for the most cutting edge films. He has previously worked as Editor of Shooting People’s Filmmakers Bulletin.

Martin Roker

Black Dog Films specialises in the production of music videos, documentary, and branded content. As part of the Ridley Scott Creative Group, they have worked Beyoncé, Sigur Rós and The Chemical Brothers, and brands including Adidas and Nike.

Maryam Mohajer

Maryam Mohajer is a British-Iranian, BAFTA-winning animator / director who was born in Tehran, Iran, living through the revolution and war. With a background in painting, she discovered animation and short film after moving to UK in 2000.

Nyree Jillings

Nyree has two decades of marketing, brand and audience engagement experience, with ten years at the BFI in a variety of roles including marketing lead on BFI London Film Festival and BFI Flare. She leads in marketing the BFI’s cultural programmes.

Rebecca Mark-Lawson

Rebecca Mark-Lawson runs award-winning Tyke Films, producing work with original voices, exploring the intersection between documentary and fiction. Tyke Films’ documentary Irene’s Ghost was listed as one of The Guardian’s “Best Films of 2019.”

Richard Knight

In 2003, Richard Knight worked as a location manager working on Shane Meadows’ Dead Man’s Shoes. Since then, he’s worked on the BAFTA-winning This is England film and TV series, plus 2019’s The Virtues. He delivers sessions for Screen Yorkshire.

Rob Munday

Short of the Week

Rob joined the Short of the Week team in 2009 and has been championing short film on the platform ever since. Looking to help a new generation of filmmakers share their stories on a larger stage, Rob is passionate about emerging talent from UK and Europe.

Sammy Wong

Sammy Wong is a Commissioning Coordinator for BBC Films, one of the UK’s most respected producers of works for the big screen. Prior to joining the BBC, Sammy worked for revolution films with Director Michael Winterbottom.

Sara Putt

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 Sara Putt Associates, an agency for freelance production personnel.

Steve Jelley

Steve Jelley is an award-winning producer and creative entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in content production, distribution and technology innovation. He is co-founder and joint managing director of Hammerhead VR.

Stuart Penn

VFX Supervisor, Framestore

Originally a research physicist, Stuart Penn’s experience and expertise has led him to work on numerous award-winning and groundbreaking projects such as Gravity, The Dark Knight and Avengers: Endgame, at Framestore and alongside Ridley Scott.

Victoria Emslie

Founder, Primetime

Victoria Emslie is an actress known for The Theory of Everything & Downtown Abbey. She is the Founder of Primetime – a platform for women working above and below the line behind the camera, helping the industry to hire balanced teams.

Will Rowson

Commissioning Editor, Channel 4

Commissioning Editor Will Rowson works in Channel 4’s factual division which commissions and produces specialist documentaries that challenge perceptions and push boundaries such as My Grandparents’ War, Jade and Outback Murders.

Alex Thomas


University of East London

Alex is a lecturer at the University of East London and is currently programme leader for the new Media Production degree. He was previously a Senior Lecturer at UEL. Alex is also a multi-award-winning film director and screenwriter.

Ben Mallaby

Ben Mallaby is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Arts and Creative Industries. He specialises in filmmaking with an emphasis on the development of scripts, professional development and post-production. Ben is a freelance comedy filmmaker.

Carlos Saiani

Hailing from Brazil, Carlos is the founder and Managing Director of Rampage Studio. Since forming the company he has been involved in the creation of over 60 hours of factual television and hundreds short form videos for online use.

David Chapman

David Chapman is programme leader of MA Filmmaking and teaches on BA Film. He is a documentary filmmaker, media artist and researcher with a particular interest in sound and image interaction. His work uses themes of historical and cultural issues.

Hesham Sabry

Hesham handles all legal and business affairs matters relating to the Young Audiences Content Fund. Before joining the BFI, he worked at the BBC as an in-house lawyer in the BBC Children’s commercial, rights and business affairs team.

Jo Schofield

Hub Manager – North of England

Film & Television Charity

Jo has 20 years experience in the television industry, she has developed BAFTA winning dramas, & worked as script editor on shows such as Coronation Street & Emmerdale. She is passionate about supporting & developing people.

Laura Quarto

Laura works at LISFE where she co-curates the film program as well as supervising the graphic identity of the festival. Laura cultivates her passion for visual communication and believes in the power of social change through these means.

Mikey Murray

Mikey is an award-winning filmmaker and was the recipient of the Scottish BAFTA award for Best First Time Writer in 2007. He has previously programmed for Slamdance and is the director of the Indie-Lincs International Film Festival.

Sam Margaritis

Sam Margaritis has been Managing Director of Digital Orchard for over 6 years, overseeing the company growing from a DIT and Video Op agency to a full film and digital dailies and post facility. Her background is 10 years in production management.

Sydney Neter

Sydney Neter runs SND Films, a boutique sales agency founded in 1994, based in Amsterdam selling shorts, feature and hour docs. SND Films have an extensive catalogue of animators like Bill Plympton, Michael Dudok de Wit and Torill Kove.