Industry Networking Sessions 2019

ASFF’s Networking Sessions provide an opportunity to interact with representatives from some of the leading arts & film organisations, productions companies, sales & distribution specialists and exhibitors. In the past, we’ve welcomed the likes of Film4, BBC, Creative England, Industrial Light & Magic and BFI. Delegates from many UK film and media institutions will be in attendance at every session, themed around particular topics and specialisms from a wide-ranging industry.

Before booking onto one of these popular sessions, find out more about the topics for each and explore the speaker profiles of the industry professionals who be attending each of the events.

Networking Delegates 2019

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.

Alexzandra Jackson

BFI NETWORK Talent Executive
Film Hub Midlands

Alexzandra joined BFI NETWORK from Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre where she produced their learning and talent development programme, working across production and exhibition between 2009 and 2018. She is an advocate for accessible cinema.

Alice Whittemore

Ffilm Cymru Wales
BFI Welsh Network Manager

Alice recently joined Ffilm Cymru Wales as BFI Welsh Network Manager, having spent six years in London working primarily in film exhibition and talent development. Prior to Ffilm Cymru, Alice was part of the Production team at Film London.

Amy O’Hara

BFI NETWORK Talent Executive
Film Hub North

Amy O’Hara is a BFI NETWORK Talent Executive with experience in film marketing, distribution and production. Amy has worked in the industry for over five years, most recently with the UK Marketing team at the new studio STX Entertainment.

Andy Moore

Senior Programmer
Showroom Workstation

Andy has over 10 years’ experience working in film exhibition. He was the Cinema Administrator at the Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds, and has worked as a freelance programmer for Leeds International Film Festival and Harvard Film Archive.

Anna MacDonald

Joint Principal & Founder
London Film Academy

Anna ensures that the LFA remains innovative, inspiring and cutting edge. She deals with the Academy’s day-to-day running, business development and the distribution of films made by LFA students, graduates and partners, growing and developing new talent.

Cameron Waaler

Head of Theatrical Sales
Arrow Films

Cameron Waaler is part of one of the UK’s leading independent distributors of world cinema, cult, arthouse, horror and classic films. Cameron has experience working for the likes of Universal, Altitude, Lionsgate UK and Momentum Pictures.

Carlos Saiani

Managing Director

Rampage Studio

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.

Charles Storr

Economy and Enterprise Manager
Make It York

Make It York was established in 2015 with the coming together of the marketing and promotion, economic development, and tourism functions in the city. Charles Storr is Economy and Enterprise Manager, supporting businesses across the City of York.

Charlotte Corchète

Head of the Short Film Committee Locarno Film Festival

Charlotte Corchète is a researcher at EHESS, École des Hautes Études en Science Sociales (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) in Paris. She currently heads the short film committee of the Locarno Film Festival’s selection committee.

Chris Birks

Creative Director

One Bright Dot

Chris Birks is a BAFTA award-winning visual effects artist, animator and motion designer with more than 25 years of experience in animation and GFX. He runs the VFX department at One Bright Dot, Yorkshire’s leading post production facility.

Chris Brearley

Managing Director

One Bright Dot

Chris Brearley is the company director in the control seat of One Bright Dot. With more than 10 years experience in the industry, Chris is an extremely talented colourist & VFX artist, skilled in After Effects, DaVinci Resolve, Premiere and Cinema 4D.

Christina Aragon

Managing Director
5A Studios

5A Studios’ Managing Director Cristina Aragon has worked at Twickenham Film Studios and Abbey Road Studios. With clients including BBC, ITV, The Guardian, 20th Century Fox and National Geographic, the company has over 20 years’ experience.

Christine Morrow

Talent Executive
Northern Ireland Screen

Christine works across all BFI Network and Northern Ireland Screen short film activity in fiction, factual and animation areas. She designs and manages workshops and seminars for new and emerging talent in animation, factual and fiction sectors.

Colin Pons

Joint Managing Trustee
Studio of the North

Colin has worked as a producer and mentor in the UK film and TV industry for over 30 years, often with first time directors and producers. Colin has produced and executive produced a wide-ranging slate of independent short and feature projects.

Conrado Galves

Executive Creative Director
Fgreat Studio

Conradp Galves is the Founder and Executive Creative Director at Fgreat, a creative studio
established in 2011 that excels in crafting films combining animation, visual effects, motion
graphics and live action.

Dan Clark

Country Manager

Eclair UK

Dan started his career with Kodak Motion Picture, in various commercial roles spanning production, post-production and distribution. He has since worked in Commercial and Client Relations positions and now manages the Eclair UK teams.

Dave Garrett

Film Programmer

Square Chapel Arts Centre

Dave Garratt is the Film Programmer and Inclusive Cinema Co-ordinator at Square Chapel Arts Centre. He is also the founder of the Up North Film & Television Festival, which celebrates Northern Voices on screen and behind the camera.

David Chapman

Senior Lecturer

University of East London

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.

David Nixon

Programme & Comms Manager
Forum Cinema Hexham

David Nixon is Programme and Communications Manager at Forum Cinema Hexham. Earlier this year he launched the inaugural Tyne Valley Film Festival, a community programmed film festival running 26 events across 12 unique venues.

Elouise Carden

Managing Director
Rapid Pictures

Elouise Carden is Managing Director of Rapid Pictures. The company has over 20 years’ experience providing post-production to all major broadcasters, production companies and multi-platform content providers including BBC Four, ITV, Channel 4 and More4.

Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe

Festival Director
British Urban Film Festival

Emmanuel is the director of the British Urban Film Festival. BUFF has been a sturdy platform for BAME filmmakers to showcase their work since its launch in 2005. Emmanuel also presents Meet The Critics on Colourful Radio.

Gareth Blake

Head of Production
Production Guild

Gareth Blake is Head of Production and Member Services at Production Guild, the UK’s leading membership organisation for those working in production. Bringing Film and TV drama professionals together, Gareth delivers a wide range of services.

Giedre Bumbulyte

Festival Manager

European Independent Film Festival

Giedre Bumbulyte is the Festival Manager at ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival and Producer at Zs2 Media Group based in Paris. Her production experience includes work for companies such as BBC and National Geographic.

Hannah Raybould


Hannah has worked in creative media and training/education in Wales for over 20 years, starting out as a location assistant and coordinator for the Celtic Media Festival. Hannah leads on delivering BAFTA Cymru activity, delivering events and awards.

Ian Fenton

Creative Director of Learning
Tyneside Cinema

Ian Fenton is the Creative Director of Learning and Participation at Tyneside Cinema, where he leads on work with new talent. He recently produced 72 short films for Channel 4’s Random Acts strand and the documentary feature The Dream Palace.

Jane Saunders

Mentoring Network Manager

Jane Saunders works for ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen industries. She manages the Mentoring Network, which aims to match mentoring pairs to enable new and established professionals to support each other.

Jane Smith

Marketing Director
Munro Films

Munro Films is a fully independent film distribution company bringing highly acclaimed and award-winning independent features to UK and Irish cinema audiences. Jane provides responsive and effective marketing strategies for these projects.

Jayne Dunphy

Studio Manager

One Bright Dot

Jayne Dunphy is Studio Manager at One Bright Dot’s busy production office. With 20 years experience in television and film production, she responsible for projects running smoothly and delivered to the highest standard.

Jen Corcoran

Tees Valley Screen Project Manager
Northern Film & Media

Jen Corcoran is Project Manager of Tees Valley Screen, Northern Film & Media’s new development programme, supporting talent, ambition and growth across the region. Jen is also a creative producer focusing on new female voices.

Jo Nolan

Managing Director
Screen South

Jo Nolan is Managing Director at Screen South, a cultural development organisation with digital creativity at its heart. Bringing hidden stories and ideas to the public, it works with a range of new talent from around the world, championing new voices.

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.

Joanna Rowan

Development Manager
Envy Post

Joanna Rowan worked in production before a career in post-production on shows such as Top Gear. Joanna has been with Envy for four years, collaborating on Gogglebox, The Voice, Louis Theroux, Surgeons and a variety of advertising campaigns.

Jonny Tull

Distribution and Exhibition Consultant
Jonny Tull Digital Consultancy

Jonny Tull has collaborated on the releases of several independent films since starting his business in 2017. works with cinemas and arts venues to develop their businesses and audiences, including Rich Mix, London, and Warwick Arts Centre.

Kahloon Loke

Peccadillo Pictures

Launched in 2000, Peccadillo is one of the UK’s most recognised distributors of LGBT & World Cinema titles. Kahloon Loke is Director, nurturing new and upcoming talent whilst showcasing established names across a range of platforms.

Kate Rolfe

Marketing Director

Digital Orchard

Kate Rolfe is Marketing Director of Digital Orchard, delivering their events and managing their marketing and communications. Kate leads on the company’s annual campaigns, including overseeing The Digital Orchard New Talent Fund.

Kate Shalloe

Mentoring Coordinator

Kate works on the ScreenSkills Mentoring Network, which is supported by the BFI with funds from the National Lottery under the BFI’s Future Film Skills Strategy. Kate has worked as Development and Production Manager at Merlin Films.

Kate Stocker-Wright

Media & Communications Liaison Festival Formula

Kate’s academic background shows a strong focus on all areas of the industry. Kate is also Festival Formula’s Strategy Officer where she provides support and feedback for Strategy clients as they head on to the circuit with our advice.

Kathryn Penny

Head of Screen Operation
National Science and Media Museum

Kathryn is Head of Screen Operation at National Science and Media Museum. She runs a three screen cinema operation including Europe’s first IMAX, and is the Director of the Widescreen Weekend film festival and Yorkshire Games Festival.

Kit Caless

Communications and Marketing
Learning on Screen

Kit Caless is Communications and Marketing Manager at Learning on Screen. A specialist in the use of moving image and sound in education, the organisation has been making film more accessible for over 70 years – from BBC TV to streaming.

Krissi McIlquham

Managing Director
Mad Dog 2020

Krissi is Managing Director at Mad Dog 2020, which has been casting and coordinating Supporting Artists for over 20 years. Well-known and award-winning projects include Dunkirk and The Favourite and TV shows such as Peaky Blinders and Doctor Who.

Laura Quarto

Designer & Programmer


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.

Lucy Witcomb

Training and Events Manager
Learning on Screen

Lucy is Training and Events Manager at Learning on Screen, organising annual awards and events. Prior to working at Learning on Screen, Lucy worked at Film Education, working with film distributors to produce educational resources.

Macaulay Monahan

Account Handler
Performance Film & Media

Macaulay worked in the insurance industry for over 5 years before joining Performance in April 2018. Macaulay has always had a keen interest in the film and media. Ending up at Performance has meant he’s able to put that interest to good use.


Directors Notes

MarBelle is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of independent film curation and interview site Directors Notes. He has previously worked as Editor of Shooting People’s Filmmakers Bulletin and has provided film programmes and served on juries.

Maria Caruana Galizia

Candle & Bell

Maria Caruana Galizia is a producer based in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2013 she set up Candle & Bell to work with regional and BAME filmmakers. The organisation was named one of the top 50 Emerging Creative Companies by Creative England.

Mark Taylor

Production Manager
A Productions

Mark has been MD of Bristol-based A Productions for the last 33 years. Mark has an extensive portfolio that includes BAFTA-nominated 2D, CGI, greenscreen, live action and radio work for Disney, BBC, C4, ITV, Sony, Dreamworks and Aardman.

Melissa Delmee Maletras



Melissa is the director of Leiden International Short Film Experience and takes part in the curation of film programs. She previously worked in a cultural centre in Guatemala where she curated her first exhibition in collaboration with local young talents.

Michael Wood

Associate Director
Performance Film & Media

Michael is Head of Division at Performance Film & Media and has a huge passion for supporting emerging filmmakers & creatives across the UK. He has worked in the Insurance Industry for over 12 years, working within Film & Media for 7 of these.

Mikey Murray

Senior Lecturer Lincoln School of Film and Media

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.

Monika Rodriguez

Project Manager

Cinema Nation

Monika works for Cinema Nation, a research and development agency that supports, encourages and champions all forms of film exhibition. She co-ordinates the Liverpool branch of Scalarama, an annual festival of DIY cinema and film clubs.

Nicci Topping

Nicci Topping Casting

Nicci has been a professional casting director for almost 20 years across film, TV, commercials and music promos for global brands such as Nike. Her feature film work includes work on several features, including the award winning Northern Soul.

Nick Sadler

Goldfinch Studios

Nick Sadler is a Producer of Marketing and Distribution at Goldfinch Studios and founder of distribution consultancy Film Label. Goldfinch Studios to provide first-time directors with the opportunity to create financially successful feature films.

Nina White

Screen Project Coordinator
Northern Film & Media

Nina White supports talent, ambition and growth across the Tees Valley screen industries. She is also completing her PhD at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and coordinates events for Middlesbrough Art Weekender and The Auxiliary.

Noe Mendelle

Scottish Documentary 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.

Oliver Jones


Deer Shed Festival

Oliver Jones is a director of Deer Shed Festival, a family friendly music, arts and science festival held annually in Baldersby Park near Thirsk. Deer Shed is widely considered to be the best family festival in the North with an weekend audience of 10,000.

Olivia Thomas

Film Office Co-ordinator
Screen Yorkshire

Olivia is the first point of call for Screen Yorkshire’s Film Office. She advises on filming enquiries, including locations and facilities. She maintains Screen Yorkshire’s film locations database, and was previously a freelance Production Coordinator.

Raoul Brand

Head of Audio

Azimuth Post Production

Raoul is an award-winning sound designer and re-recording mixer. He has worked on many highly acclaimed independent films – such as the BAFTA-winning drama, I am Not A Witch and the BIFA and ASFF-winning feature documentary, Almost Heaven.

Ray Tallan

Head of Film

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Before becoming Head of Film at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Ray worked at the RCS as a lecturer in Cinematography. Most recently he has overseen the transition and validation of RCS’s new BA Filmmaking course now on offer.

Rebekah Louisa Smith

CEO & Founder

The Film Festival Doctor

Dr Rebekah Louisa Smith began her film industry career in 2008, working as a producer on Wales’ most successful national horror film festival, the Abertoir Horror Festival. A decade ago, she created her company The Film Festival Doctor.

Robert Beeson

New Wave Films

Robert Beeson ran a university film society and then started in film distribution at Artificial Eye in 1977, releasing nearly 400 + titles over the years. He started New Wave Films in 2008 to carry on this work, and has released around 100 films.

Roger Morris

Managing Director
Elstree Studios

Roger Morris is the Managing Director of Elstree Studios and Chairman and co-founder of the Elstree University Technical College, a successful college dedicated to vocational education specialising in Film, Theatre and TV and crafting renowned productions.

Roxy McKenna

BFI NETWORK Talent Executive
Film Hub North

Roxy McKenna is one of two BFI NETWORK Talent Executives working across the North of England to fund and develop early career writers, directors and producers. Roxy joined Film Hub North after working at Northern Film and Media.

Ruth Johnston

Film Production Manager

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Ruth has worked for a number of film related organisations, from small scale not for profits to the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and educational institutions Screen Academy Scotland and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Sam Fray

Programme Manager
Screen Yorkshire

Sam manages the Beyond Brontës Programme, that has been established to address the lack of diversity in the screen industries by supporting young people in the Bradford District and Leeds City Region to develop their skills.

Sam Margaritis

Managing Director

Digital Orchard

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.

Shaun Harrison

BFI NETWORK Talent Coordinator
Film Hub North

Shaun Harrison is the BFI NETWORK Talent Coordinator at Film Hub North, supporting writers, directors and producers. Shaun has worked with Toronto International Film Festival, Stand Comedy Club and DOXA Documentary Film Festival.

Sven Pötting

Filmfest Dresden

Since 2017, Sven Pötting has been the programmer and coordinator of FILMFEST DRESDEN – International Short Film Festival. Previously, he worked as for a film distribution company, as a film critic and lecturer at universities in Germany.

Sydney Neter


SND Films

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.

Tareq Kubaisi

Raised by Wolves

Nice Shirt is a multi-award-winning London based production company, representing a diverse group of talented filmmakers. Tareq Kubaisi is Director, working on wide range of projects with BBC, Capital One, Pepe Jeans, Jaeger, the FA Cup and more.

Tim Baxter

Business Development Manager


Tim is an experienced post production and distribution executive with nearly 30 years of experience. He has produced VFX & title sequences for Hollywood blockbusters and independent productions of all sizes. Tim oversees new business at Eclair.

Tom Clarke

PR Marketing and Events Manager,
The Sharp Project & Space Studios

Tom Clarke is head of PR and events for The Sharp Project and Space Studios which are large scale TV production facilities located in Manchester. Clients of the two sites include broadcasters BBC, Sky, ITV, Netflix and Amazon.

Yesim Guzelpinar

Balik Arts

Yesim Guzelpinar is Festival Director at Balik Arts, a charity working with disadvantaged children and young people to improve access to the arts. Filmmaking, film screenings and festivals are at the core of the charity, enriching the community.