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 2018 only (not the Official Selection). The judges will be allocated nominated categories.
The 2018 film judges are (subject to work commitments):
Alfred is a World Renowned actor of both stage and screen whose starred in some of the most iconic films to date. With nearly 40 years in the business his credits include Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Boogie Nights (1997), Chocolat (2000), Frida (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), An Education (2009), Love is Strange (2014) and can most recently be seen in the outstanding TV series Feud (2017). Alfred has worked with some of the most incredible filmmakers, actors, producers and writers around and it is a real pleasure to welcome him to this year's judging panel.
Andrea is a BAFTA nominated Scottish film and television writer. Her screenplays ‘Dear Frankie’ and ‘Afterlife’ won her the Scottish Screen Filmmaker of the Year award and the Women In Film and Television script award in 2005. Since then she has worked on a variety of television and film projects. She wrote an episode of Call The Midwife. Her feature film adaptation of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ (BBC Films) was released in cinemas last year and has just won the Grand Jury prize at the New York Children’s Film festival and the family film award at Seattle Film Festival. It was released in the US in July 2017.
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.
Eddy Joseph (BAFTA Winning Sound Editor)
Eddy is a double BAFTA Award winning Sound Editor with a host of incredible film credits to his name. These include Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone (2001), Evita (1996), The Commitments (1991), Batman (1989) & Pink Floyd - The Wall (1982) and so many more fabulous films! Eddy has worked alongside incredible directors such as Sir Alan Parker, Tim Burton and Anthony Minghella to name but a few.
Emma is a broadcaster, cultural commentator, producer and script editor. While starting her career in television and radio, she has spent more recent years working as a script editor and associate producer. She has worked with her partner, Richard Curtis, on numerous projects such as The Vicar of Dibley, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Four Weddings and a Funeral. She was an associate producer on both The Boat that Rocked and About Time. As well as her film work she is also regularly involved with charity campaigns such as Comic Relief, Make Poverty History and Live 8, and was awarded an OBE in the 2011 Birthday Honours list.
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 recently just produced the first feature (Pin Cushion) by director Deborah Haywood which has played numerous festival's around the world. 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.
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.
Mark Everson (Editor)
Mark is a BAFTA nominated and RTS award winning Film and Television editor. Mark is currently cutting JOHNNY ENGLISH 3 for Working Title Films and has recently finished PADDINGTON 2 after having cut the first PADDINGTON. Mark was also Editor on MINDHORN, which was part of the Official Selection of London Film Festival in 2016. Mark’s other notable feature credits include ALAN PARTIDGE: ALPHA PAPA for BBC Films and BUNNY AND THE BULL, which was part of the Official Selection for both Toronto and London Film Festival.
Mark’s television credits include the Channel 4 comedy series PEEP SHOW for which Mark was twice nominated for an RTS Craft and Design Award in the category, Best Tape and Film Editing: Entertainment and Situation Comedy; TOAST OF LONDON and THE MIGHTY BOOSH for which Mark was nominated at the BAFTA TV Awards for Best Editing in Fiction/Entertainment. Mark has also won an RTS Craft and Design Award in the category Best Tape and Film Editing: Entertainment and Situation Comedy for PETE VERSUS LIFE.
Matt Wilkinson (Producer)
Matt is an award winning producer. His short films credits include SLR which was short-listed for the Oscars in 2015 and ERNESTINE&KIT, which was written and directed by actor Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners). His first feature was sci-fi actioner, THE CALL UP. The film premiered at the Sci-fi London Film Festival and was released in the UK in 2016. He also produced KALEIDOSCOPE, starring Toby Jones and Anne Reid and the film was nominated for the prestigious Michael Powell Award at Edinburgh Film Festival in 2017. His latest feature DOUBLE DATE, starring Michael Socha and Georgia Groome is currently making its way through the Festival Circuit. Matt also runs his own production company Stigma Films and is continuing to develop some exciting new films.
Stephen has worked at every level in the Camera Department; Clapper Boy, Focus puller, Camera Operator and now as a DOP (Director of Photography). His work has been seen in Commercials, Documentaries, TV Dramas and Feature Films. He's Operated on many feature films including ‘The Mummy’, ‘Alien V Predator’ and Ridley Scott’s multi Oscar winning ‘Gladiator’. Steven is one of the industry’s most experienced VFX DOP’s and has a huge amount of experience shooting VFX work - in both 2D and 3D. Recent VFX feature credits include ‘Star Wars – The Force Awakens’, Steven Spielberg’s ‘War Horse’, Warner Brothers ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ and Marvel Studios ‘Thor: The Dark World’. In recent years Steven has concentrated on shooting 2nd Unit work on major feature films, including ‘FURY’ and ‘The Imitation Game’. As a 2nd Unit Director/DOP Steven’s credits include the drama series ‘War & Peace’. Steven has lived in Suffolk for over 20 years and is a strong supporter and champion of bringing Film Production to East Anglia. He was elected a voting member of BAFTA in 2006.
Andrew Deane is a Partner and Co-Head of the Literary Department at Industry Entertainment Partners, one of the leading management/production companies in Hollywood. He's also a successful Film and TV Producer; he is currently Executive Producing MESSIAH, a new 10 episode series for Netflix, and his work in TV has earned multiple Emmy nominations and many awards (two Emmys, and a Saturn, to name just a few). His TV credits include anthologies MASTERS OF HORROR and its spin-offs FEAR ITSELF and MASTERS OF SCIENCE FICTION. Andrew has produced films such as FIRE WITH FIRE (starring Bruce Willis, Josh Duhamel and Rosario Dawson) and The Double (starring Richard Gere and Martin Sheen).
Andrew’s management clients include the following: Michael Petroni (Creator/Showrunner of the new Netflix series MESSIAH, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (Creator/Showrunners of NBC hits CHICAGO FIRE, CHICAGO P.D., and CHICAGO MED), Rita Hsiao (MULAN, TOY STORY 2, ENCHANTED, MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE) and Tom Schulman (DEAD POETS SOCIETY and WHAT ABOUT BOB). Industry Entertainment reps actors such as TED DANSON, ALEXIS BLEDEL, KRYSTEN RITTER, DARYL HANNAH, JEFF GOLDBLUM, and KAL PENN to name just a few.
Andrew and his wife Angie Bass have a second home in Wymondham, Norfolk and are committed to supporting local talent.
Angie is a BAFTA award-winning producer who has worked in documentaries for over 15 years in the UK, US and worldwide. Angie began her career with the influential documentary director Paul Watson, making several films with him, most notably, the RTS award-winning documentary: 'A Wedding In The Family' (Channel 4). After moving to the BBC, Angie went on to produce the critically acclaimed and award-winning series: 'The Tower: A Tale of Two Cities'.
Over the years Angie has worked on some rich and diverse subjects, including trekking across the Namib desert in search of the Himba tribe and living with the notoriously private Amish community. Since relocating to Los Angeles, Angie has worked with award-winning filmmaker Louis Theroux and produced a documentary for HBO ('Americans In Bed'). Most recently, Angie has worked on the USA versions of successful series 'Child Genius' and 'Long Lost Family'.
Previous Festival Judges:
Previous Festival Judges over the year's have included: Olivia Colman (Actress - Tyrannosaur, Iron Lady, Broad-Church), Amanda Posey (Producer - Brooklyn, An Education), Joan Sobel (Editor - Nocturnal Animals, A Single Man), Julian Jarrold (Director - Kinky Boots, Becoming Jane, The Girl, The Crown), Caroline Goodall (Actress - Hook, Schindlers List, The Dressmaker), 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 – Wonder Woman, 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).