Writer & Director of the internationally award winning film, Go With God. Freelance roles include script & story editor, plus many other varied writing gigs, such as providing web-content for various businesses and internet start-ups. Also, writing as Francis d., Frank has published a novella, titled Julia and the Magical, Mysterious Buttlefly... and no, that isn't a typo!
Writer & Director Adam Awni is a London based Director who has a background in music promos and corporate videos. His recent short film “Bunny” is currently on the festival circuit having garnered 3 International awards and 8 nominations.
Rebekah Louisa Smith
Dr Rebekah Louisa Smith, the Film Festival Doctor, brings a wealth of global festival knowledge. Rebekah is committed to discovering new, innovative talent and promoting the director’s vision via international film festivals. Rebekah offers a range of services to filmmakers in order to help them to achieve successful international film festival exposure & distribution.
Taiwanese director of short film Replace, and chairman of 100 Film Fest project. His first short film Replace has been awarded or nominated 49 times in different film festivals all around the world. As an advocate for Taiwan film industry Mark has made a 100 speeches in United States, Japan, Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, etc. Mark’s new feature Bounty Hunter is already pre-production.
Simon Young is a Media Buyer, Shorts TV, BFI Short Film Adviser and Short Film programme curating for London Film Festival.
Carmen Falk is an experienced filmmaker, writer, actor and director. She has directed (written and produced) four short films, including ‘RAVENOUS’, a short horror film which was part of the Official Selection at a number of international film festivals, and won 'Best Film' at the Stranger with My Face Horror Film festival , 'Best Actress' at Melbourne Underground Festival and nominated for Best Horror Film/Best Actress/ Best Director at the Beeston Film Festival screening this month. Her Supernatural Thriller, 'TIKOLOSI' is currently in Postproduction.
Derbyshire born Tommy Draper is a writer of both short and feature films. Tommy has won many awards for his short films and was BAFTA long-listed for Stop/Eject. His zombie feature film debut, Wasteland, has been released on DVD in America, Germany and Japan. Currently he has 4 short films in post-production, most notably the fantasy short Songbird. He is writing several more shorts and features, with the aim of them going into production next year.
Gino Van Hecke
Gino founded Zeno Pictures (Belgium) in 2006 to buy, release and distribute (almost) forgotten cult films, and other unique pictures and worldwide (cult) hits. “Already as a child, I was a big movie fan. Later, I attended film school in Brussels and graduated as an editor in 1993. Just like director Quentin Tarantino, I started working in a video store, which I swapped after 7 years for a job at the biggest rental organization in Belgium. I attended the Cannes Film Festival for the first time in 2004, quickly followed by the American Film Market in Los Angeles, the European Film Market in Berlin and the Hong Kong Film Market. In 2006, I released my first film in the Benelux, The Tiger Blade, which led to me starting my own company, Zeno Pictures.” In September 2017 Gino received Buyer of the Year for the region of Benelux Award at Indywood Film Market.
Buckinghamshire born Anna Wallace is a final-year English student and the Head of Writing for the University of Nottingham's Film Making Society. As a member of its committee she runs regular screenwriting workshops for members and helps to foster the University's burgeoning film and writing talents. The writer and co-producer of '22:36', a student-made short currently in the final stages of post-production, Anna is a life-long film and television junkie, and aspires to be a full-time screenwriter.
Sasha is a former ballet dancer turned documentary film maker, with an interest in human rights, politics, and sustainable food systems. Sasha holds a masters degree in international development from the London School of Economics. As an undergraduate student at Chapman University in California, Sasha helped to create and pilot the documentary program at the Dodge College for Film and Media Arts, producing the short documentary film Giant Steps in Cambodia in 2008. Her latest project, Cecil & Carl (2015), won the Best Documentary B'Oscar at the Beeston International Film Festival last year, and has screened at more than 20 film festivals around the world.
Ophélie Marsaud is a french actress trained at the Paris III University and at the ENSATT. She has different activities connected to the stage, even if acting remains her main one. Since 2007 she teaches drama, takes part to reading committees and became director assistant for theatre companies. Indeed, she loves discovering new stories and the different ways of performing them! Ophélie also starts working on screen projects: she is Faustine in The App, directed by Thomas Grascoeur, which won the Audience Award at the Beeston Film Festival.
Francesca Ruth Levi is a filmmaker that specialises in live cinema and site specific pieces. Her short films have been screened all over the world and she has had the pleasure to work on a number of exciting projects including Live Cinema's project The Unfilmables creating live music cinema with composer Mica Levi and alongside Caberet Voltaire, Wrangler and filmmaker Tasha Tung. Francesca also runs a film festival called Everyday Arias ( www.everydayarias.com ) which is dedicated to short films that utilise opera within everyday life, the festival also embraces submissions from world theatre traditions such as Kathakali, Kabuki, Chinese opera etc. Francesca is super excited to be seeing some of the wonderful films selected for the festival
Thomas Grascœur is a French award-winning director and actor. As an actor, he often appears on French Television (Flic tout simplement, by Yves Rénier, with Mathilde Seigner and Philippe Torreton, Alice Nevers, Clem, Nos Chers Voisins, Plus belle la vie...). He's also acting on stage in Paris both in classical and modern plays. As a director, his two last films have been selected in more than 60 festivals and won more than 20 awards, including the Audience Award at the Beeston Film Festival. His first one, A Parisian Bourgeois takes a break, a modern adaptation from a short story by the French writer Guy de Maupassant, is regularly broadcasted on OCS (Orange Cinema Series, the French channel of HBO).
Mr. Akash Mihani, a well known film director from Mumbai, has mastered his film-making and proved his skills in his debut short, “MUM” and hold 100+ feathers in his cap. Having spent his initial childhood days in small town, Burhanpur - Madhya Pradesh, he moved to Mumbai in 2011 to pursue his dream in the world of Cinema. With great creative instincts and visionary attitude, he has always worked towards improving and bringing a revolution and showing a new perspective on 70mm. Apart from film-making, Akash Mihani has proven his excellence in the world of Animation, Graphic Designing, Screen-Writing and directing documentaries and Music videos. His mettle and thirst of perfection has always been a catalyst in inspiring and motivating the young talents in achieving their goals.
Dan formed FUME FILMS with writer/director Ben Steiner as a vehicle for producing their slate of genre films. They launched with THE STOMACH, a horror short that has gone on to win 25 awards including best short at Fantastic Fest, and which has played at over 200 festivals worldwide including the London BFI Film Festival. The Stomach is now being developed as a feature with support from Creative England. Their latest short, CLANKER MAN, become a Vimeo staff pick soon after an online launch, racking up over 100,000 views online. It features on Will Farrell’s Funny Or Die site, and is currently playing in prestigious festivals such as Clermont Ferrand; and has also won several awards. Dan's background is in animation and VFX producing, working for some of the leading studios including, Aardman, The Imaginarium, MPC and Framestore. Currently, alongside running FUME, Dan produces for AXIS Animation, predominantly in drama on shows such as KISS ME FIRST (a live action / CG animation hybrid, being show run by SKINS creator Bryan Elsley); and MANIAC (Directed by Cary Fukunaga).
Emmeline Kellie is an actress and producer based in the East Midlands, UK. She’s been acting for several years in an array of short films, independent feature films, corporates and commercials, and a couple of years ago, she began to produce her own work. One of the short films she has produced was ‘Cadence’ which launched the AA Charitable Trust’s national road safety campaign in 2016. It was broadcast on Sky News, mentioned in several newspapers and has gained over 1m views online across various different news platforms including Daily Mail Online, The Telegraph, Sky News and more. Her other projects include the award-winning ‘Clockworks’, ‘After Party’ and ‘Hunted’. Emmeline also coordinates and hosts the largest film & TV networking event in the East Midlands called the Film & TV Tweetup. This has been running in Nottingham since October 2014 and has played a big part in bringing the local film community together.
Before taking post as BFI NETWORK Talent Executive for the Midlands, Alexzandra managed Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre’s learning and talent programme. She has lead on other national projects, including Access Cinema, which works to establish comfortable and enjoyable cinema environments for people with disabilities, and Reel India, a programme designed to introduce specialised Indian family cinema to new audiences. From 2014 to 2018 Alexzandra also lectured in Professional Practice in the UK Film Industry for De Montfort University. In addition, she serves as Festival Director of Leicester’s International Short Film Festival. Though the Festival has grown exponentially in size, it retains its grassroots approach and its core values: to celebrate short film in all its forms and to foster a creative environment in which filmmaking in the Midlands and beyond can thrive. Her career focus is diversity, equality and inclusion, celebrating talent and closing the gap between filmmaking and exhibition.
Fateme Ahmadi is a writer-director based between London and Tehran. Her graduation film from the London Film School, One Thousand and One Teardrops, was shortlisted in more than 50 festivals all around the world with several nominations and awards. Fateme is the writer and the co-director of Chandra, supervised by Naomi Kawase, produced by Youku (Chinese Biggest Video Sharing Website) and the Asian Film Academy (AFA), premiered at International Busan Film Festival. It has since screened in Palm Springs Short Fest, Sao Paulo, Cork, Molodist, Flickers’ Rhode Island, London Short Film Festival and Locarno. Fateme is an alumna of Berlinale Talents 2017 and her latest short film Bitter Sea is a fiction commissioned by Film London, London Calling Plus, premiered at the London Short Film Festival and Oscar-qualifying Short Shorts, in Japan. Fateme just finished Leila’s Blues, a short set in Tunisia as a part of Tunisia Factory which was premiered in Directors’ Fortnight – Cannes in May 2018. Fateme is currently writing her first feature script as well as working as the associate producer on a feature documentary titled Coup 53 directed by Taghi Amirani and edited by legendary Walter Murch.
Marina Anna Eich
Producer, Head of Aquisition & Distribution, Public Relation, Actress. After high school, Marina Anna Eich studied Spanish, English and French in Ecuador, Canada and France. She studied Dance at the Dance Academy at the Opera Leipzig and at the University of Music and performing Arts in Frankfurt/Main. As an actor and dancer she performed in several film- and television productions, for example as 'Eva Braun' in a documentary movie for the Japanese television.In the year 2000 she met the team of wtp and since then works for the film company as actor, producer and is responsible for the PR, sales and distribution. Since 2009 she is product manager for the DVD Label which focuses on arthouse titles.In 2002 she was awarded the BEST FEMALE ACTOR AWARD during the Night of Bavarian Shorts (on the occasion of the AFM American Film Market Los Angeles/USA) for her acting performashort film “Call it Love”. Marina Anna Eich was a member of jury at several festivals.
Studied drama and film, German literature and journalism in Munich and Berlin. Then worked amongst others as an assistant director, location manager and production assistant on national and international tv and movie projects. He also has won many awards for his own short films including a B’Oscar for Best Comedy for „Aftermath“ in 2017. After working for ten years as a freelance director and writer, he’s now employed as a producer in Berlin.