Judges


2017

Rob Alexander
Producer, Director
perfectmotion ltd
Rob has been producing drama & documentary projects for international broadcast for over two decades. In 2014 he produced the Grierson Nominated “The Man Whose Mind Exploded”. Most recently he produced and co-directed Android In La La Land, a moving and critically acclaimed documentary about legendary musician Gary Numan, the film has its World premiere at SXSW, later featuring at Athens, Edinburgh and Melbourne International Film Festivals.

Keri Collins
Writer, Director
Keri is a Screen International Star of Tomorrow. His debut feature, the BAFTA Cymru Breakthrough Award winning CONVENIENCE, starred Vicky McClure (THIS IS ENGLAND), Adeel Akhtar (FOUR LIONS), Ray Panthaki (CITY RATS) and Verne Troyer (AUSTIN POWERS). The film was released in UK cinemas October 2015. His short film ‘FUNDAY’ was nominated for a BAFTA Cymru award and he has directed a number of shorts for the BBC. Keri was mentored by Sir Kenneth Branagh after being selected for the prestigious Guiding Lights scheme.

Vesna Cudic
Head of International TV Sales & Acquisitions
DOGWOOF
Vesna has just been appointed Head of Sales at Met Film, the award-winning production company behind HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD, SOUR GRAPES, and DEEP WATER. She joins Met from Dogwoof, where she headed its International Sales division since its launch in 2011. As a filmmaker, Vesna trained at the NFTS and is the winner of Royal Television Society Award and several film festival awards.

Matt Hird
Outreach and Distribution
DARTMOUTH FILMS
Matt’s career includes working as a television researcher; as a campaign officer for human rights and environmental campaigning groups; and in the press office of music festivals. He has overall responsibility for Dartmouth’s distribution and marketing, releasing such great titles as DEATH OF A GENTLEMAN, COCAINE UNWRAPPED, THE BATTLE FOR BARKING, THE WAR YOU DON’T SEE and PARTICLE FEVER.

Helen Reynolds
Director of SOCIAL FOR THE PEOPLE
Helen was one of the first people to understand the potential of using digital communication to promote engagement in the public sector. She began using social media in local government in 2007, with a MySpace page dedicated to getting people to help a council restore a town hall. Since 2011, Reynolds has run a social media consultancy to help government, public sector and charity organisations communicate online. Her work has been recognised through several awards, including coming 16th on the 2014 list of 100 UK Digital Leaders.

Cynthia De Souza
Acquisitions and Development Executive
THE WORKS FILM GROUP
Cynthia specialises in talent development and film production, and has worked for the BFI Film Fund, the UK Film Council and the BBC. The Works Film Group is an award-winning distribution and production company with a rich thirty year history, distributing indie gems such as THE MESSENGER, TAKE SHELTER and ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL, and producing the likes of THE 51ST STATE, GANGSTER NUMBER ONE and BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS.


2016

Joseph D’Morais – Owner, Blue Dolphin

Blue Dolphin is the UK’s longest running indie distributor, with a production arm that develops and raises funds for feature films. Joseph is also a director of UK Film and Television Productions plc, the producers of Oscar winner TSOTSI.

Giles Edwards – Head of Acquisitions, Metrodome Group

Giles is responsible for finding indie films for UK distribution giant Metrodome. Metrodome’s many credits include DONNIE DARKO and Oscar winners THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES, THE COUNTERFEITERS and MONSTER.

Bethan ElfynBBC Radio and TV Presenter

Bethan has been broadcasting across Welsh radio and TV since the late 1990s. Having fronted BBC Radio One’s ‘the Session in Wales’ for a decade, Bethan now presents BBC Radio Wales’s Saturday night show, which she has co-hosted with the likes of Sir Tom Jones, James Dean Bradfield and Cerys Matthews.

Jeanie Finlay – Director

A critically acclaimed artist and feature film director, Jeanie’s credits include the BIFA nominated THE GREAT HIP HOP HOAX, and the newly released ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING, described as “a must watch” by Rolling Stone and winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Nashville Film Festival 2015.

Mike Slocombe – Web Guru

Founder of the urban75 website, now in its 20th year online, Cardiffian Mike is also behind cult football fanzine Bluebird Jones (recently the subject of a gallery retrospective in the city) and Offline, a multimedia club night.

Rod Smith – Producer, Evolution Pictures

Rod specialises in producing high concept genre pictures for UK theatrical release. With credits such as WE STILL KILL THE OLD WAY, WORLD WAR DEAD and AGE OF KILL under his belt, Chief Operating Officer Smith brings a wealth of experience to our judging panel.


Animation Jury

Sarah Fell

Executive Producer for The Amazing World of Gumball (Cartoon Network).

Merlin Crossingham

Creative Director for Wallace and Grommit at Aardman Animations.

Darren Dubicki

Director, Aardman Animations.

Steve Henderson 

Editor of Skwigly magazine and Co-Director of Manchester Animation Festival.

Joanna Quinn

Director, Beryl Productions.


2015

Murray Dibbs – Distributor, Matchbox Films

Murray is the Director of Matchbox Films, a thriving distribution company with a penchant for international titles. Matchbox Films are champions of independent cinema and their releases include performances from Oscar winners Kevin Spacey, Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn.

Jan Dunn – Director

Jan directed the acclaimed feature film Gypo, which won a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) for Best Production. Her second film, Ruby Blue, starred the late, great Bob Hoskins and garnered further critical acclaim. Her last feature was the excellent The Calling, which featured a stand-out performance from Golden Globe and BAFTA winner Brenda Blethyn.

Tom & Charles Guard – Directors

After garnering critical acclaim with their award winning short film Inside-Out and the short comedy Round About Five (starring Martin Freeman and Lena Headey), Tom and Charles’ debut feature saw them team up with Dreamworks SKG. The Uninvited, a superb psychological horror starring Emily Browning and the ever-excellent David Straithairn, is out now.

Carol Morley – Director

Dreams of a Life, Carol’s documentary about a young woman whose body went undiscovered for three years in her North London bedsit, was nominated for the Grierson Award at London Film Festival and was described by BBC Film as “a very, very special movie.” Carol’s latest film, The Falling, tells of a mysterious fainting sickness that overtakes an English all-girl School. It will play at the BFI London Film Festival.

Duncan Stripp – Acquisitions Manager, High Fliers Films

Duncan brings his extensive experience of film distribution to the table. High Fliers have a catalogue of over 500 indie films, including Afterschool, The Dead Zone and The Puffy Chair. Their films star some of Hollywood’s top talent, such as Samuel L. Jackson, Susan Sarandon and Jesse Eisenberg.


2014

ginacarterGina Carter – Producer

Gina is an independent film and television producer, having produced features such as 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE, SNOW CAKE and BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS, and award-winning TV shows, including PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS and MOONE BOY.

markfolignoMark Foligno – Producer

Mark is a renowned independent film producer. His credits include THE KING’S SPEECH, MOON, A LONELY PLACE TO DIE, IRONCLAD and the upcoming MONTANA.

tina-gTina Gharavi – Director

Tina has been hailed as one of the most thought-provoking storytellers of her generation. She recently completed her BAFTA nominated feature, I AM NASRINE, and is in development on her second feature, THE GOOD IRANIAN.

h_graceHelen Grace – Distributor

Helen is the Manager of MONSTER PICTURES UK, the British arm of the Melbourne-based distribution and production company; and is the owner of LEFT FILMS, a multi-platform film distributor that specialises in indie genre movies.