Whilst we have a fantastic team of volunteers here at the festival who are eagerly anticipating watching your films and getting involved in the judging process. We thought you might appreciate getting a slightly more esteemed eye cast over your submissions. With that in mind; we’ve gone out and asked some talented people with years of experience and expertise to judge the NOMINATED films of 2017 only (not the Official Selection).
The 2017 film judges are (subject to work commitments):
Denise Parkinson (Entertainment Director Global and UK at Telegraph Media Group)
Over 20 years experience in all aspects of Marketing and Distribution in the UK and International film distribution industry. Starting her career in the marketing department of the legendary Palace Pictures and then going on to roles as Promotions Manager at United International Pictures followed by 11 years as Head of Film across the Emap portfolio. Denise's most recent roles have included Director of International Marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa for Disney, ABC and ESPN Television and Global Entertainment Director for Yahoo! - Yahoo! Recently Denise has taken a new role Leading the expansion of the Telegraph Media Group in the Entertainment category.
Amanda is a twice British Oscar® nominee and a BAFTA winning producer with credits including Brooklyn (2016), An Education (2010), The Long Way Down (2014) The Perfect Catch (2005) and Fever Pitch (1997). Her latest feature Their Finest will be released later this year staring Bill Nighy, Gemma Arterton & Sam Claflin.
To add to her continued talents, she is joint owner of Wildgaze Films with fellow producer and long term friend/collaborator Fionla Dwyer. Amanda is married to the equally talented Nick Hornby whose written such classics as Fever Pitch, High Fidelity and About a boy.
Gavin Humphries (Producer)
Gavin is a BAFTA nominated and Cannes winning producer having produced projects with Film4, the British Film Institute, Google, Tate Modern, the BBC and Channel 4. He’s had four short films selected for Sundance, one nominated by the Royal Television Society and three shortlisted for the Oscars. He’s producing the first feature of director Deborah Haywood in the autumn of 2016 for the BFI. He’s a member of the Sundance Institute & BAFTA and an alumni of EAVE.
From 2013-16 he worked with Creative Skillset overseeing over £20million of investment in the UK film industry to enable growth in both domestic and international production. He’s now the Senior Editor of global video channel Nowness working with numerous world renowned filmmakers, musicians and artists.
Caroline Goodall (Actress/Screenwriter)
Caroline is an English actress and screenwriter. She was nominated for AFI Awards for her roles in the 1989 miniseries Cassidy, and the 1995 film Hotel Sorrento. Her other film appearances include Hook (1991), Cliffhanger (1993), Schindler's List (1993), Disclosure (1994), The Princess Diaries (2001) and The Dressmaker (2015).
Caroline has starred in many TV series including The White Queen portraying Lady Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, In November 2015 she started shooting in Berlin the role of Kelly Frost, opposite Oscar Nominee Richard Jenkins as Steven Frost in Paramount's CIA spy-thriller TV series Berlin Station.
Joan Sobel (BAFTA Nominated Film Editor)
Joan is a BAFTA nominated Film Editor who recently edited Tom Ford's multi-nominated film Nocturnal Animals (2016). Alongside working with Tom on this film she edited the highly acclaimed A Single Man (2009). Joan also edited Little Boy (2015), Miss Meadows (2014) and Being Flynn (2012). Additional credits as first assistant editor include Kill Bill Volume 1 & 2 (2003 -2004) & Boogie Nights (1997).
William Osborne (Screenwriter, Producer & Novelist)
William is a British barrister, screenwriter, film producer and novelist. He is married to the film producer, Debra Hayward. Since 2010 he has been writing historical fiction for young adults.
Screenplay credits include: Thunderbirds (2004), The Scorpion King (2002), What Rats Won’t Do (1998), Dr Jekyll and Ms Hyde (1995), Bermuda Grace (1994), Ghost in the Machine (1993), The Real McCoy (1993), Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992), Twins (1988), & Student Exchange (1987). Produced Films (uncredited) include: The Interpreter, The Mummy Returns, Golden Eye, Grumpy Old Men 1 and 2, True Identity, My Father the Hero, Beverly Hills Cop 2 & Richie Rich.
Novels Published: Hitler’s Angel (Chicken House, May 2012) Winter’s Bullet (Chicken House October 2014) Mithra’s Eagle (October 2016 Chicken House )
Steven has been a film technician for nearly thirty years. Having worked in every level in the Camera Department he his now a DOP (Director of Photography). His work has been seen in Commercials, Documentaries, TV Drams and Feature Films and he has worked with some the film industries top Director's including; Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Ridley Scott. Steven is one of the industry's most experienced VFX DOP's working on Star Wars - The Force Awakens, War Horse, Jack the Giant Slayer, Edge of Tomorrow, Thor: The Dark World. In recent years Steven has concentrated on shooting 2nd unit work on major feature films, including Fury & The Imitation Game. Steven is also a voting member of BAFTA.
Ferne won the Best Cinematography Prize for feature documentary at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival for her work on “Imelda.” She is a graduate of both the International Center for Photography and the Stanford University MA Program in Documentary Film. Pearlstein is one of a handful of female cinematographers featured in Kodak’s long-running “On Film” advertising campaign. She has recently Directed, Produced and completed the Cinematography on “The Last Laugh” which is a feature documentary about humour and the Holocaust, examining whether it is ever acceptable to use humour in connection with a tragedy of that scale, and the implications for other seemingly off-limits topics in a society that prizes free speech. The Last Laugh premiered at the Tribecca Film Festival and also the BFI London Film Festival in 2016.
We will be adding more judges to the line up throughout the year!
Previous Festival Judges over the year's have included: Julian Jarrold (Director - Kinky Boots, Becoming Jane, The Girl, The Crown), Bernard Hill (Actor - The Lord of the Rings, Titanic, Drowning By Numbers) Jane Gull (Director - Sunny Boy, My Feral Heart), Nick Moore (Editor/Director - The Full Monty, Love Acually, Notting Hill), Damian Jones (Producer - The Iron Lady, Dad's Army, Lady in the Van), Hugh Fraser (Actor - Agatha Christie’s Poirot), Emma Freud (Script editor/Producer – Love Actually, Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral), Martin Walsh (Editor – Cinderella, V for Vendetta, Jack Ryan), Roger Michell (Director – Notting Hill, Morning Glory, Hyde Park on Hudson), Jon Harris (Editor – 127 Hours, Kick Ass, Stardust, Kingsman: The Secret Service), Jim Field Smith (The Wrong Mans, Episodes, She’s out of my league).