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.
ASFF’s Jury brings together a range of backgrounds and expertise, from academia and commissioning, to production and direction. Our dedicated and award-winning team of talented professionals represent a number of key organisations as well as renowned independent practitioners.
Advertising, Music Video & 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 PhD from the same institution in 2006. Jessica’s work has been screened in venues including the ICA.
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.
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.
Artists’ Film, Experimental & Dance
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.
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.
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.
Editor, Little White Lies
David is the editor of Little White Lies, a bi-monthly movie magazine which has just reached its 60th issue. He worked as a film critic for Time Out London prior joining the LWL staff and has written for Sight & Sound, The Guardian, MUBI and other outlets.
Founder, Iris Prize
Berwyn is a producer and the founder of the Iris Prize, a generous production grant awarded annually to a filmmaker as part of the Iris Prize Festival. He has produced content for BBC, ITV and S4C including Llety Piod (UK) starring Bill Nighy.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
VR & Immersive
Course Leader, LCC
Ana is the Course Leader of the VR Master’s Programme at London College of Communication, where she also teaches VR content creation and immersive storytelling. She has a PhD in Human Computer Interaction for VR content design.
Mick Audsley is one of the leading film editors in UK and the US with more than 40 feature credits to his name, including Interview with the Vampire, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,Dangerous Liaisons and Allied. He is a BAFTA-winner and nominee.
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.
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.