CiFF Team

Run by a non-profit community group, the award winning* Cardiff Independent Film Festival (CiFF) exists to provide a showcase for independent filmmakers to exhibit both features and shorts.

Cardiff’s reputation as a major creative hub and attractive location for filmmakers makes it a natural home for our self-sustainable independent film festival.

*Best Local Film Event, The Quench Awards 2015


Management & Live Action Selection Panel

Alistair Parkhurst – Festival Director and Chairman, Selection Panel

Ally is a film editor and an award-winning comedy writer who set up CiFF in August 2012. Ally is in overall charge of the festival.

Anthony James – Festival Director of Operations

A writer/director with awards for his short films, screenplays and virals. Also directs music videos, commercials, sketches and live events.

Sonia James – Festival Treasurer

An experienced producer with Panik Attak Productions and in charge of overseeing the festival’s finances.

Stephen Fox – Selection Panel

A seasoned film and music video director.

Laura Beynon – Public Engagement Officer, Selection Panel

A documentary maker and prolific film blogger.

Paul JaySelection Panel

An award-winning filmmaker and an experienced actor.

Ellie Anne Staniland – Selection Panel

Ellie is a film blogger and is passionate about photography.

Patrik Krivanek – Selection Panel

An award-winning Czech film director, producer and writer. Currently studying Film at University of South Wales.


Alex StewartSelection Panel

President of the Cardiff University Film Society and keen cinephile.

Munzir QuraishySelection Panel

Avid film fan and member of Cardiff University FilmSoc Committee

David WilliamsSelection Panel

Former Cardiff University Film Society committee member and movie enthusiast.

Caitlin DaviesSelection Panel

Culture vulture and cinephile.

Tom DexterSelection Panel

BFI Film Academy Alumni and filmmaker at Diff Films.

Dr Jacquie Lee – Selection Panel

Passionate about film and film making, particularly foreign, arthouse and indie low budget film.

Joanna GodfreySelection Panel

Cinema Hobbyist and Filmmaker with Diff Films.