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Meet some of our guests from past festivals, including rising stars and industry leaders

VR and AR Practitioner

A creative director for Happy Finish, Alex has been successfully freelancing as a VR Practitioner for over eleven years. He has produced content for major companies such as Nike, Google, Smasung and Adidas. Having worked on over 75 projects across […]

Actor, Writer and Director

Alice Lowe has amassed a vast amount of experience both acting and writing in her impressive career, including: Hot Fuzz, Horrible Histories and Sherlock. Production on her second feature, Timestalkers, began towards the end of 2021.

Writer, Director / Netflix & BBC

2019’s Screen International: Star of Tomorrow Alice Seabright has transitioned from successful shorts to bigger projects. She recently wrote and directed for Sex Education (Seasons 2-3), and is the creator and writer of BBC’s Chloe. Her short, Pregnant Pause, was […]

Head of Talent

For over five years, Amy Smith has served as Head of Talent at Framestore, the VFX company behind Spiderman: No Way Home and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. She also serves as Non-Executive Director of ACCESS: VFX.

Performer & Director

Andi Osho is an actress, performer and director who has been active for almost twenty years. Having won the Nivea Funny Women prize in 2007, she has gone on to publish a novel, star in Shazam and have a recurring […]

Oscar and BAFTA-Winning Filmmaker

Andrea won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short for her short Wasp. Her four features have each won the Jury prize at Cannes, amongst others, whilst her latest short Cow premiered there in 2021. In addition to two […]

Jarman Award-Winning Filmmaker

Recipient of the Film London Jarman Award 2020, Andrea’s work focuses on working class experiences and life on the margins of society. She co-founded Vision Machine in 2001, a film collective behind the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Look of Silence.

Co-Founder and Creative Director / We Are Parable / Documentary Features Juror

As the co-founder and creative director of We Are Parable, Andrews has seen its rise to a champion of Black cinematic representation. Working with acclaimed directors Spike Lee and Ryan Coogler, the company has recently been heavily involved with ASFF, […]

Director

Barney Cokeliss has garnered a substantial portfolio over the years, directing commercials and advertisements in over 25 countries for clients such as Peugeot, Lexus and Budweiser. His latest short, Night Dancing, recently premiered at TIFF.

Musician

Recently releasing a memoir, Barry Adamson has an envied career- working alongside powerhouse artists such as Nick Cave, David Lynch, Oliver Stone and Danny Boyle on soundtracks and musical consultation. Releasing an anthology album in 2018, and an EP in […]

BAFTA-Winning Head of Production

BAFTA winning Barry Ryan is the former Head of Production for Warp Films and Warp X, before joining the Ink Factory in 2021. He has previously worked on Dead Man’s Shoes and Four Lions.

BIFA-Winning Documentary Filmmaker

NFTS graduate Carol Salter won Best Documentary at the British Independent Film Awards in 2017 for Almost Heaven, one of many recent documentary shorts she has completed. Another, Unearthing the Pen, won ten awards including the Al Jazeera Golden Award. […]

Journalist, Writer and Comedian

Caroline worked numerous roles across her co-created series Raised By Wolves, including writing and production. In addition to the TV movie of the same franchise, her latest work Hullraisers was released in 2022.

Turner Prize-Nominated Artist

Turner Prize nominee Catherine Yass is an artist known for her wall-mounted lightboxes. She is also a lecturer at the Royal College of Art in London.

Film and TV Editor

Cecilia has worked on acclaimed films Slumdog Millionaire, The Full Monty and 12 Monkeys. In more recent years, she has been involved with multiple televised series: The Crown, Peaky Blinders and The End of the F*****g World.

Producer and Director

Winner of the Jury Prize at Sundance for her film Clemency, Producer and Director Chinonye Chukwu is an exciting director of feature films. Having produced a plethora of shorts throughout the 2010s, her latest work Till starring Haley Bennett and […]

BAFTA Film Committee

Clare Stewart is the current Interim CEO of Sheffield DocFest, which exists amongst a multitude of accolades and positions she has held throughout her career. A former Director BFI London Film Fest, she is also a BAFTA Film Committee member […]

TV and Film Director at Beggars Group

Craig McNeil became Director of TV and Film for Beggars Group in 2011, following a ten-year spell as Director of Promotions for the company. His previous clientele include: Adele, Dizzee Rascal and Bon Iver.

Actor, Director, Writer and Producer

Getting his breakthrough in Richard Ayoade’s Submarine, Craig Roberts has since become a five-time BAFTA Cymru Award nominee. His latest film, The Phantom of the Open, stars Sir Mark Rylance and was written by Horrible Histories’ icon Simon Farnaby. His […]

Oscar-Winning Actor

Dame Judi Dench, a native of York, possesses a remarkable legacy across a 65 year career. From Bond to Belfast, Philomena to Shakespeare in Love, Dench brings a charisma, charm and quality to roles that is undeniable. An OBE, DBE, […]

BAFTA-Nominated Cinematographer

BAFTA-nominated cinematographer Danny Cohen is perhaps best known for his collaborations with Tom Hopper on Les Misérables and The King’s Speech. He has since worked on Room and Slow Horses.

BAFTA-Winning SFX Supervisor

Recipient of a Royal Television Society award, as well as multiple BAFTA craft and BAFTA Cymru awards, Real SFX has a history working on Peaky Blinders, Doctor Who, His Dark Materials, Good Omens and more. Danny founded the company in […]

Oscar-Nominated Cinematographer

Dick Pope has been twice nominated for an Academy Award. A frequent collaborator of director Mike Leigh, he worked on Mr. Turner (one of his two nominations) and has more recently served as cinematographer for Harry MacQueen’s Supernova, starring Colin […]

Development Executive / BBC Films

Dionne Farrell is a Development Executive at BBC Film, the feature filmmaking arm of the BBC. Coming off the back of four shorts in the past two years, Farrell has worked on Amnonite, EastEnders and 24 Hours in Police Custody.

Visual Artist and Filmmaker

Ed Atkins is a Visual Artist and Filmmaker, specialising in video artistry. He and Patrick Ward collaborated on Defining Holes, which screened at the ASFF in 2012.

Consultant and Curator

Elaine Wong has a seasoned career working across a variety of roles for various reputable organisations. Some of these roles include: Programme Advisor (BFI London Film Festival), Content Partnerships (HTC Vive) and Partnerships Manager (StoryFutures Academy – NFTS). She was […]

Producer

Burch was heavily involved with the massively successful web-comic turned multimedia franchise Simon’s Cat, producing a number of iterations from shorts to series. She joined Kong Animation in 2018.

BAFTA-Nominated Writer & Director

Francis Lee is a BAFTA-nominated writer and director. Moving away from shorts in 2017 with God’s Own Country, which won the BAFTA for Best Debut Screenwriter, he followed with Amnonite, a BAFTA and BIFA nominated film starring Kate Winslet and […]

Actor

Gamba Cole had a smattering of smaller roles in shorts and TV shows before starring in HANNA. Soon after, he was cast in Stephen Merchant’s BAFTA-nominated show The Outlaws in a leading role alongside Merchant, Christopher Walken and Ian McElhinney […]

Comedy Producer

Following initial success producing for Gavin & Stacey and Ideal, Isles has been consistently involved with production work ever since. Her later works include producing for Detectorists as well as Peter Kay’s Car Share.

BATFA-Longlisted Director

Multi-BAFTA longlisted Harry MacQueen has recently completed Supernova, starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci. The film premiered at San Sebastian Film Festival, and opened the Dublin International Film Fest. His first feature, Hinterland, was nominated for Best British Feature at […]

BAFTA-Winning Sound Mixer

Howard Bargroff is a BAFTA-winning sound mixer who has worked extensively across the role during his near 25-year career. Popular examples include Doctor Who, Sherlock, Broadchurch and Luther.

Curator, Producer, Programmer

Former Programmer and Curator at Sundance Institute, Hussain Currimbhoy has since founded his own independent film studio: Master Mechanic Films AB.

Editor and Consultant

Jaime Estrada-Torres has had a seasoned career working on projects such as Tim Burton’s Batman and HBO’s Band of Brothers. In addition to a twelve year stint as Head of Editing at the London Film School, he has recently edited […]

Artist, Director, Filmmaker

Jam Patal shoots across multiple art forms, including moving image, editorial and photography. She has shot for Vogue, GQ and ASOS, and her films have frequently featured in the ASFF amongst other festivals.

Executive Producer

Bretton is one of the minds behind the hugely popular Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared online series, as well as the popular Bear and the Hare 2013 John Lewis Ad. He founded BlinkInk Industries in 2012, which he has managed […]

BAFTA-Nominated Filmmaker

Nominee for a Student BAFTA, and having screened at Sundance, TIFF and the Nexus Summit of the United Nations, Jayisha Patel works across conventional cinema as well as VR. She has spoken about her work at Cannes, The British Film […]

Emmy-Nominated Filmmaker, Documentarian

Jeanie Finlay is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and documentarian, with a solid career and history in the industry. Four of her last five works have been made with the BBC, with her latest being a HBO documentary project made in conjunction […]

Producer & Editor / Baby Cow

Fraser served as a member of the Baby Cow production team, involved in the making of the award winning short Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle. Fraser has continued to work alongside Coogan on the recent series This Time with Alan Partridge.

VFX Supervisor

Foddy currently serves as a VFX Supervisor for Industrial Light and Magic, and has thus been involved in many major recent blockbusters and fan favourites. Examples include Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, The Mandalorian and Spider-Man: Far From […]

Producer

Kate Townsend is a producer working in the television industry, with a tendency to operate more as an executive producer. She has worked on several of Louis Theroux’s earlier projects, notably Weird Weekends, as well as shows such as Storyville.

Director and Documentary Filmmaker

Ferguson is a Documentary Filmmaker and Commercial Director. Her Documentaries have premiered at Sundance and Sheffield Doc Fest, whilst her commercial work represents clientele such as Vogue, Nike, Air France and more.

Producer, Commissioning Editor

Kristian works as a producer and commissioning editor in television, for recent successes including Detectorists, Uncle, Boy Meets Girl and Catherine Tate’s Nan. in 2017, Kristian launched his own company: Leopard Pictures, with offices in both Liverpool and London. Kristian’s […]

BAFTA-Nominated Editor

A BAFTA-nominated editor, who has worked on McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths, Taylor-Johnson’s Nowhere Boy and the commercial smash hit adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey.

Actress & Filmmaker

Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow recipient Manjinder Virk is an Actress and Filmmaker who has starred in Midsomer Murders, Call the Midwife and The Thick of It to name a few. Her short, Out of Darkness, won Best of Fest […]

Author, Filmmaker, Documentarian

A well-established and prolific documentarian, Mark Cousins now serves as a Juror of the BFI London Film Festival and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He released four documentaries in 2021, one of which opened the Cannes […]

Director, Screenwriter

Writer / Director Mark Herman is known for his 2008 BIFA-nominated adaptation of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, in addition to five features.

Development and Production Executive / Film4

As a Development and Production Executive for Film4, whose slate includes Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Ex Machina and Slumdog Millionaire, Max has worked alongside some of the industry’s finest filmmakers working today.

BAFTA & BIFA-Nominated Actor

Narrator and Actress Maxine Peake is a BAFTA and BIFA-nominee. She has starred in Shameless, Peterloo and Black Mirror in addition to The Theory of Everything and Holby City. Similarly, she has starred in over 25 theatre productions including Hamlet […]

BAFTA-Winning Editor

Editor of 12 Monkeys, BAFTA-winner Mick Audsley has over thirty film credits to his name, the latest of which include Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express and Iannucci’s Personal History of David Copperfield. A frequent collaborator with directors Gilliam, Frears […]

BAFTA-Winning Creative Director

Philip Hunt is an Emmy award-winning Director, Creative Director and Partner of Studio AKA. Additionally, a recent collaboration with Oliver Jeffers resulted in the BAFTA winning children’s film titled LOST AND FOUND, which garnered an additional 61 international awards.

BAFTA-Winning Director

Prano Bailey-Bond won Best Experimental Film at 2013’s ASFF, and has since been named both BAFTA Breakthrough (2021) and Variety’s ‘Director to Watch’ (2021) upon the release of her first feature, Censor. Censor premiered at Sundance in America and Berlinale […]

Photographer, Publisher & Film Director

Esteemed Photographer, Publisher and Film Director Rankin features many notable clientele in his storied career, with arguably the biggest example being The Queen of England, as well as Vogue, Rolling Stone and GQ amongst others. He co-founded Dazed & Confused […]

Head of Fashion Film / SHOWStudio

Raquel is a filmmaker with a heavy focus on fashion. She has headed Fashion Film at SHOWStudio for the past few years, where she also works as senior editor. Additionally, she has created content for Fendi, Equinox, Beats and Nike. […]

Cinematographer, Writer and Director

Heslop has shot music videos for the likes of Queen, Paul McCartney, The Cure, New Order and more. He wrote a radio tribute to Derek Jarman, The Raft of the Medusa, which aired on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.

Documentary filmmaker

Saeed Taji Farouky is an Amnesty Award Winning Filmmaker and Artist, with a focus on human rights projects. He has taught filmmaking and cinematography since 2009.

Oscar-Nominated Writer & Director

Writer / Director Sally Potter is known for directing Orlando, which was an Academy Award-nominee and won the audience prize for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival. Since then, every one of her seven features has either won or […]

Writer and Director

Peabody Award nominee Sam Feder is a prominent, vocal voice for LGBTQ+ cinema. The Netflix original documentary, DISCLOSURE, explores Hollywood’s Transgender scene and impact. DISCLOSURE screened at Sundance and will soon be followed by Connect, an original animation. In addition […]

BIFA-Winning Filmmaker & Director

Sarah was nominated for a BAFTA and BIFA for her 2007 work, Brick Lane. Her most recent work, Rocks, premiered at Toronto Film Fest in 2019, and won Best British Independent Film at the 2019 BIFAs. Her most decorated work, […]

Senior Producer and Director / BBC

Buali has worked amongst the BBC for over eight years, particularly in their Arabic department, translating the news whilst being involved with the Arabic Festival. Additionally, she has served on the organising team of the London Palestinian Film Festival for […]

Oscar-Winning Producer

Double Oscar-winning Producer Simon Chinn founded Red Box Films and co-founded multimedia production company Lightbox, through which he has produced documentaries such as Man on Wire, Searching for Sugar Man and Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie.

Journalist and Film Programmer

New York Times-featured Simran Hans has recently left a five year stint as film critic for The Observer. She has been published in most major publications including The Guardian, Dazed & Confused and Sight & Sound. Additionally, she has created […]

VFX Supervisor / Framestore

Stuart joined Framestore in 2000, and possesses over 20 years worth of experience as a VFX Supervisor. Some of his works include the Oscar and BAFTA-winning features Gravity, The Golden Compass and Avatar. Penn also recently worked on Avengers: Endgame, […]

Writer, Effects Artist, and Research Fellow

Across her career, Sunny has specialised in VFX work for companies including Disney Animation, Sony Imageworks and WETA Digital. She spearheaded the facial software seen in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. In addition to being a research fellow […]

Editor

A member of the American Cinema Editors (ACE), as well as BAFTA and the Academy, Granger now seeks to inspire and help female filmmakers make their work. Her work has screened at Cannes, Sundance, Venice and London, where they have […]

VFX Consultant, Talent Manager and Acquisition

As a former recruiter and talent acquisition manager for Oscar-winning company DNEG, the company behind Dune, No Time to Die, Stranger Things (S4) and more, Victoria has recently taken a new role as VFX Talent Consultant for PXL Talent.

Commissioning Editor / Channel 4

Commissioning Editor Will Rowson has worked in Channel 4’s factual division for several years, transferring from True Vision (Muslims Like Us, The World’s Busiest Waterway, Panorama) to work on programmes including: My Grandparents’ War, Jade and Outback Murders.

Film and TV Editor

Edinburgh TV Festival Ones to Watch recipient Zeb Achonu has a seasoned career over 20 years long. She has cut for BAFTA and Emmy award winning shows including EastEnders, Bear Grylls Survival School and Paul O’Grady’s for the Love of […]