Jury 2020

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 such as Tate, Nowness, Iris Prize, Film4 as well as renowned independent practitioners.

Advertising & Music Video

Luke Toyne


Luke has produced brand films and TV commercials for the likes of ASDA. StraZeneca and Gaggenau. From 2015 to 2020 he ran the London branch of Maker Projects, shooting all over the world and winning awards at Cannes, Clios, The Drum and more.

Lyndy Stout


Lyndy Stout edits and curates the online magazine and creative awards 1.4M, which showcases the hottest international short-form filmmaking talent. She previously edited shots magazine for over a decade and was deputy editor of Creative Review.

Shelley Jones

Video Commissioner, NOWNESS

Shelley Jones is Video Commissioner at NOWNESS – a global video channel screening the best in culture. As part of the commissioning team, she develops new series and commissions original work across a range of subjects – searching out talent.


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.

Maryam Mohajer

Animator / Director

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.

Tim Allen


Tim Allen is an animator whose credits include Wes Anderson’s Oscar-nominated Isle of Dogs and Fantastic Mr Fox, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride & Frankenweenie, the Oscar-winning Peter & the Wolf and Oscar-nominated My Life as a Courgette.

Artists’ Film & Experimental

Carly Whitefield

Assistant Curator, Tate

Carly Whitefield is Assistant Curator, International Art (Film) at Tate Modern. She is co-curator of the current Dóra Maurer exhibition, Anicka Yi’s upcoming 2021 Commission for Turbine Hall, as well as the Tate Film programme and numerous displays.

Jeremy Deller

Artist and Filmmaker

Jeremy Deller is an English conceptual, video and installation artist, and filmmaker. He won the Turner Prize in 2004, and in 2010 was awarded the Albert Medal of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA).

Naeem Mohaiemen

Artist, Filmmaker and Author

Naeem Mohaiemen is a Turner Prize-nominated artist, filmmaker and author. Mohaiemen uses film, installations and essays to reflect on the legacy of decolonisation. His work has exhibited globally, and he is a member of the film council of ICA.


Berwyn Rowlands

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.

Jess Loveland

BFI Network

Jess oversees 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 wherever they are based in the UK.

Max Park

Development Editor, Film4

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.


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.

Omari Carter

Screendance Practitioner and Lecturer

Omari is a screendance practitioner and lecturer who has choreographed and performed for music videos, film, television and theatre. He is the founder and creative director of award-winning production company, The Motion Dance Collective.

Shobana Jeyasingh


Shobana Jeyasingh is an internationally recognised choreographer and the founder of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. She has created over 60 critically acclaimed works for stage, screen and unconventional public spaces.


Jeanie Finlay

Documentary Filmmaker

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.

Mandy Chang

Commissioning Editor, BBC Storyville

Mandy is the Commissioning Editor of Storyville – BBC’s global feature documentary strand. Mandy is from a filmmaking background and has brought award-winning films to public television viewers, both as a commissioner and filmmaker.

Sam Feder


Sam is an award-winning filmmaker, Director of the Netflix Original DISCLOSURE. Sam’s work explores the power dynamics and politics of media-driven identity connecting urgent issues in the trans community to the struggles of the past.



Co-Founder, Directors Notes

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.

Sara Putt

Deputy Chair, Women in Film and TV

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.

Yasmin Begum

Writer, Activist & Creative Practitioner

Yasmin is a writer, activist and creative based in Cardiff. She works as a BFI Youth Fan Consultant and has worked with Ffilm Cymru Wales, Inclusive Cinema and Hansh. Yasmin is passionate about engagement, equality, evaluation and diversity.

Fashion Film

Jessica Bugg

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

Margo Mars

Founder, Lief

Margo Mars is the award-winning founder of Lief, a London based creative content studio, and one of the most respected producers across the UK. Her clients include CHANEL, Pernod Ricard, NOWNESS, Vogue, Selfridges & BVLGARI.

Ruth Hogben

Fashion Filmmaker

Ruth Hogben is a renowned fashion filmmaker who has worked with high end brands such as Fendi, Dior and Louis Vuitton, created content for Fashion Designer Gareth Pugh as well as nurturing a decade long creative partnership with Lady Gaga.


Cornelius Walker

Director and Screenwriter

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.

Julian Foddy

VFX, Industrial Light & Magic

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.

Sammy Wong

BBC Films

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.

VR & Immersive

Catherine Allen

Limina Immersive

Catherine is a BAFTA-winning, immersive media specialist and the founder of Limina Immersive. She has been responsible for a range of high profile digital entertainment products and has worked with major brands including Disney and the BBC.

Dan Bartlett

Programme Director, LCC

Dan Bartlett is Programme Director for Moving Image & Digital Arts at London College of Communication. Dan is an animation visual development artist exploring emergent digital technologies. Dan has developed a number of digital arts programmes.

Steve Jelley

Co-Founder, Dimension

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.

Narrative Jury

Jason Wood

Director of Film and Culture

Jason Wood is Artistic Director at Film at HOME, Manchester, a centre for art, theatre and film. He is Professor of Film at both Manchester School of Art and the University of Salford, and an author of books on cinema. He is co-director of Always (crashing).

Jude Lister

BFI Network Wales

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.

Tracy Granger


Tracy Granger is a film editor. She started as an apprentice editor at MGM and Burbank Studio before working her way up through the studio system as lead editor on films such as ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ and Richard Billingham’s ‘Ray & Liz’.

Documentary Jury

Iain Cunningham

Documentary Filmmaker

Iain Cunningham is a documentary film maker. Iain‘s first feature documentary was the BFI-funded Irene’s Ghost, which was BIFA nominated and named in the Guardian’s list of best films of 2019. He is the founder of Slash Films.

Opal H. Bennett


Opal H. Bennett is a curator & programmer working with Athena Film Festival, and is Consultant for The March on Washington Festival. Opal is the Shorts Producer for POV, and Director of Filmmaker Development at DOC NYC.

Rebecca Mark-Lawson

Tyke Films

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.”