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

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 for over 5 years, mostly recently with the UK…

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 new talent.

Cameron Waaler

Head of Theatrical Sales
Arrow Films

Head of Theatrical Sales at Arrow Films, Cameron Waaler is part of one of the UK’s leading independent distributors of world cinema, cult, arthouse, horror…

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 in York.

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 shorts and features.

Conrado Galvez

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Tees Valley…

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.

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 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.

Kit Caless

Communications and Marketing Manager
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…

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.

Lucy Witcomb

Training and Events Manager
Learning on Screen

Lucy is Training and Events Manager at Learning on Screen, organising the annual Learning on Screen Awards and many other events throughout the year. Prior…


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…

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.

Nicci Topping

Nicci Topping Casting

Nicci has been a professional casting director for almost 20 years across film, TV, commercials and music promos. Her feature film work includes work on over 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

Tees Valley Screen Project Coordinator
Northern Film & Media

Nina White is Project Coordinator for Tees Valley Screen, supporting talent, ambition and growth across the Tees Valley screen industries. She is also completing her…

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.

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.

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…

Rupert Jones-Lee

Support Programme Manager
Film & TV Charity

Rupert Jones-Lee is Support Programme Manager at the Film & Television Charity. The Charity supports and assists people in the film and television industry in the UK at every stage of their career by providing financial assistance.

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.

Shaun Harrison

BFI NETWORK Talent Coordinator
Film Hub North

Shaun Harrison is the BFI NETWORK Talent Coordinator at Film Hub North. Working with the two Northern Talent Executives to support writers, directors and producers…

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.

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.