Simon Pegg


Leslie Montgomery Sheldon


Michael Chittenden

Laurence Marks

Michael Ratcliffe M.B.E

Simon Sheldon

Sasha Speed

Technical Director/Programmer

Chris Baker

Film Programmer
Patrick Bliss

Manager: Film Short Submissions

Jacob Ward

Technical Manager

Alistair Goolden


Writer & Editor

John Morrish

Social Media

Claire Knight



Danielle Tipton

Patrons Co-ordinator

Arlene (MGlynn) Harrison

Sponsorship/Donation Funding

Dorian Ursell

International Co-operation

Luba Balagova – Sochi International Film Festival
Helge Schweckendiek – Göttingen Lumiere

Box Office Manager

Paul Scott

Festival Producer Italy Country Focus

Giada Mazzoleni

Plus a wonderful team of volunteers.

Competition Jury

Ged Doherty

Ged is Chairman of British Phonographic Industry & the Brit Awards. Previously, Ged was Chairman and CEO of Sony Music UK and oversaw the emergence of artists Beyoncé and Foo Fighters, among others. In 2011, Ged was named to the “Music Power 100” list. In 2012, he co-founded Raindog Films with Oscar-winning actor, Colin Firth. Raindog launched with Eye In The Sky starring Helen Mirren. Ged’s most recent film as producer is Official Secrets starring Keira Knightly and Ralph Fiennes.

Steve Knibbs

Steve is Gloucestershire reporter for BBC regional news programmes, Points West and Midlands Today, covering the County’s leading news stories for TV, radio and online. During the filming of “Star Wars: The Forces Awakens”, Steve was on set, reporting on location from the Puzzlewood location in the Forest of Dean. Steve is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Gloucestershire; the University’s School of Media Studies on the Park Campus in Cheltenham has one of the best film production courses in the UK. Previously, Steve was a radio presenter and news reader.

Luba Balagova

Russian-born Luba, is award-winning poet, author, filmmaker and film producer. She is President of Sochi International Film Festival and co-founder of Russian production company, Sindika. Luba acts as script writer, director, producer, co-producer and/or executive producer on Sindika’s feature films: Cherkess, The Prisoner, A Facebook Romance and short film, I Ran Away. She has appeared on music and film juries, including he Monaco International Film Festival. Luba has written and published 11 books of poetry including The Empress, a novel in verse about Maria Temrokovna, the second wife of Ivan the Terrible.

Maurice Gran

Maurice Gran is one half of the scriptwriting duo of Marks & Gran. Maurice and Laurence Marks have co-written popular sitcoms for television for almost 40 years. The roll call of their popular comedy series includes: The New Statesman, Shine on Harvey Moon, Birds of a Feather and Goodnight Sweetheart. In between, they have written serious drama such as Mosley about the British fascist, Oswald Mosley.

Esther May Campbell

Esther’s early work as director of shorts and music videos won her acclaim and awards. She wrote and directed September which won her a BAFTA for Outstanding Short, as well as 10 other international awards. She moved on to directing prime time drama for the BBC and Channel 4 which included the BAFTA award winning series Skins and feature length episode of BBC 1’s drama series, Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh. Her debut film, Light Years won nominations at Venice, London and Munich Film Festivals. .

Sara Putt

For 25 years Sara has run Sara Putt Associates, an agency for freelance technicians and production personnel based at Shepperton Studios. The company represents some of the finest freelancers both in the UK and internationally, working in all areas of film and TV. Sara Putt Associates also runs an in-house Trainee Scheme supporting the next generation of freelance talent including those entrants from less traditional backgrounds.

Sara sits on the BAFTA Board, The BAFTA TV Committee and chairs the BAFTA Learning and New Talent Committee. She is also Deputy Chair of Women in Film and TV

Dom Joly

Dom Joly, former diplomat and ITN political producer, gained fame as a multi-award winning British comedian best known for his international hit series, Trigger Happy TV. He is a columnist and celebrated travel writer whose books include - The Dark Tourist, Scary Monsters and Super Creeps, The Hezbollah Hiking Club. His TV travel programmes include: Dom Joly’s Happy Hour and Dom Joly’s Excellent Adventure. His new series “How Beer Changed The World” has sold to 59 countries. Dom is working on a new sitcom for Working Title and is also an Ambassador for Save The Children..

Oliver Clarke

Oliver is co-director and on the selection committee of the European Film Festival and a board member of the repertory cinema "Lumiere" in Goettingen. He is a freelance filmmaker and co-founder of “Harderfilm“, producer of the crime drama “Harder And The Girl”, as well as the Sci-fi short “Whitecollar Upgrade”. In 2015 he co-produced The Award Winning Clark Brothers, which won Best Original Writing Award at Dublin Web Fest in 2016. Current projects include “Harder”, a comedy-drama police series, as well as “Room To Roam“, a portmanteau film with strange tales set in the same shabby hotel room.

Giada Mazzoleni

Giada is an Italian film producer based in the UK. She has worked alongside the producer Franco Bocca Gelsi and for many prestigious Milanese film companies. In 2018, Giada founded Paguro Film, producer of Moths to Flame (2018) selected for more than 30 festivals and Fulci for Fake (2019) which was in competition at the Venice Film Festival and premiered at Sitges Fantastic Film Festival. Giada is a member of Women in TV and Film in UK and co-founder of the Italian film festival in Birmingham UK, “Marcello”, supported by the BFI.