Jury 2021

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Tom Box

Co-Founder, 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.

Artists’ Film, Experimental & Dance

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.

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.

Sadie Clayton

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.


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.

David Jenkins

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.

Isabelle Croissant

Programme Manager, HOME

Isabelle works at HOME, Manchester’s new international multi-arts venue. She programmes and produces events that aim to showcase and develop creative talents and forge connections between practitioners across a variety of creative sectors.


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.

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 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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

Max Park

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.

VR & Immersive

Ana-Despina Tudor

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.

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.

Narrative Features

Mick Audsley


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 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.

Simon Nelson

Development Exec, BBC Writers Room

Simon Nelson is the Development Executive for BBC Writersroom. He leads the development of new writers and writing for BBC drama, comedy and children’s drama, covering television, radio and online content. He has also worked for BBC and ITV.

Documentary Features

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.

Noe Mendelle

Director, Scottish Doc Institute

Noé is an experienced director and producer on the international scene, working on numerous documentaries. In 2003 she set up the Scottish Documentary Institute, and over the years has devised several award-winning talent schemes.