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Patrons & Judges

While we have  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 much more critical eye cast over your submissions. With that in mind, we’ve gone out and asked some talented people with years of excellent experience and knowledge to join in.



Norwich Film Festival Judge and Patron Tim McInnerny

Tim McInnerny is an actor probably best known for his role as Percy in Blackadder and Blackadder II, and as Captain Darling in Blackadder Goes Forth. While he did not appear in Blackadder the Third as a regular cast member, a guest appearance in the series made him the only person other than Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson to appear in all four series of the show; he subsequently appeared in the one-off special Blackadder: Back & Forth. He has also appeared in Spooks and the Doctor Who story Planet of the Ood.

Aside from many television appearances, Tim has acted on stage in numerous productions, and has a lot of great film credits including 101 (and 102) Dalmatians, Notting Hill, Severance, Black Death and Johnny English Reborn.


Olivia Colman is a BAFTA-nominated English actress, well known for her supporting roles in comedy shows including Sally Owen in Twenty Twelve, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA, Sophie Chapman in Peep Show, Alex Smallbone in Rev. and Harriet Schulenburg in Green Wing. Her performance in the 2011 film Tyrannosaur received critical acclaim. In 2012 she was nominated twice in the “Best Actress” category at the British Comedy Awards. She starred alongside Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent in the Academy Award-winning film The Iron Lady in 2011. In her BAFTA acceptance speech for Best Actress, Streep thanked Colman and described her as “divinely gifted.” Olivia’s latest film, Hyde Park On Hudson, sees her play the Queen Mother alongside Bill Murray and Laura Linney, and was out in 2013.

Colman was born in Norfolk, and was educated at two local independent schools: Norwich High School for Girls and Gresham’s School in Holt.

BRIAN COX (Actor) 

Brian CoxBrian Cox is an Emmy Award-winning & Golden Globe nominated Scottish actor, with more than 207 credits to his name (according to IMDB). Brian first came to attention in the early 1970s with performances in numerous television films but his first big break was as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Michael Mann’s Manhunter (1986). Further film credits have included; The Ring (2002), X-Men 2 (2003), Troy (2004) The Bourne Supremacy (2004), Red (2010) & Red 2 (2013) to name but a few. The Norwich Film Festival (NFF) is incredibly proud and excited to welcome this screen icon as a patron and supporter of the continued development of the NFF.

Brian had this to say about the Norwich Film Festival’s “Increasingly Film Festivals acquire greater and greater status due to the ever diminishing distribution opportunities for films of rare and original visions. Film Festivals such as this maintain film as an art form

JOHN COLLEE (Screen Writer)

John Collee is a Scottish novelist, journalist and screenwriter whose film scripts include Master and CommanderHappy FeetCreation, and Walking with Dinosaurs.

“I’ve been an enthusiastic supporter of the Norwich film festival for five years now. Great to see it going from strength to strength, and showcasing such high quality short scripts/films in its ongoing development programme”

He worked in London for a short time before moving with his family to Sydney, Australia in 1996 to meet Australian directors like Peter Weir and George Miller. For Weir, Collee wrote the screenplay for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and for Miller, he wrote Happy Feet. Collee and his wife, Deborah Snow, have three children and live in Sydney. His most recent works to be screened include Creation, about the life of Charles Darwin, and Walking with Dinosaurs – an animated drama taking its title from the BBC documentary franchise.


Film Judges

We are looking forward to sending our 2016 judges the best short films submitted to the festival for their views and opinions. They will help us decide who will win what category!

Our 2016 film judges so far (subject to work commitments) include…….

JANE GULL (Writer / Director)

Having started her career as an actress, Jane Gull’s springboard into filmmaking came in 2005 when she made her first film Together Alone funded by the UK Film Council. Jane has since gone on to write and direct numerous short films including Sunny Boy, which was the winning short at the 2nd Norwich Film Festival. The film has picked up several awards and was selected by Candella UK as one of  ‘Best British Short Films 2011’.

Jane runs production company ‘Shoreline Pictures’ with fellow filmmaker and friend for over twenty-five years James Fox. They are currently shooting a feature-length documentary and have several feature length fiction projects in development. She facilitates and runs filmmaking and acting workshops for young people and vulnerable adults, works freelance and for companies including Signals Media Arts and BBC Blast. Jane was selected and attended the Berlinale Talent Campus 2012. After her film Sunny Boy picked up the two top awards at our festival in 2012 we were eager to get Jane on board as a judge. Having gone through this experience many times herself, her insight and advice will be invaluable to filmmakers and writers alike, as she judges our films and screenplays.


Julian  Jarrold, born in Norwich, is a BAFTA Award-nominated English film and television director. He is a member of the family which founded Jarrolds of Norwich in 1823 and was educated in Norfolk at Gresham’s School, Holt. He now lives in North London.

Jarrold most notably directed Great Expectations, starring Ioan Gruffudd, in 1999, as well as Kinky Boots (2006), and Becoming Jane (2007). All three films were widely heralded as successes, garnering great critical acclaim from the likes of The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Times. Jarrold directed the HBO film The Girl in 2013. The director received his first Emmy nomination for his work in the film, but had previously received many other BAFTA, BIFA, and Broadcasting Press Guild Award nominations.

WILLIAM OSBORNE (Screenwriter/Producer/Author)

Will OsbWilliam Osborne is a British barrister, screenwriter, film producer and novelist.   He was educated at Gresham’s School, Norfolk, Robert Louis Stevenson School, California and is a Scholar of St John’s College, Cambridge University, (MA in Law 1986).He was called to the Bar in 1983 and practised as a family barrister at 2 Queen Elizabeth Buildings, Middle Temple.

He is married to the film producer, Debra Hayward with whom he has four children.

Since 2010 he has been writing historical fiction for young adults.

Produced Films (credited) Fat Slags 2004, Thunderbirds 2004, The Scorpion King 2002, Kevin of the North 2001, 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) 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, Short Time.

Novels Published: Hitler’s Angel (Chicken House, May 2012) Winter’s Bullet (Chicken House October 2014)  Mithra’s Eagle  (Chicken House TBC October 2016)

NICK MOORE (Editor/Director)

Nick MooreNICK MOORE began his career as an assistant editor on blockbuster hits like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Mission, Empire of the Sun, and Mission: Impossible. Once he started cutting Nick quickly established himself as a top editor, and has been recognized for his work in many successful films. His impressive list of credits include such pictures as The Full Monty (for which he received a BAFTA nomination), Notting Hill, About A Boy (for which he was nominated for an American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Feature Film), Love Actually, Nanny McPhee, Mirror Mirror, Morning Glory, and most recently, the indie comedy Enough Said (starring James Gandolfini).

Nick has also directed three films: Wild Child (with Emma Roberts), Horrid Henry: The Movie (with Angelica Huston), and most recently Pudsy the Dog: The Movie.


DAMIAN JONES (Film Producer)

DJ officialDamian Jones is a British film producer and the founder of DJ Films Ltd.His award-winning career spans over 30 feature films, working with prestigious directing talents including Phyllida Lloyd, The Iron Lady (2011), Amma, Asante Belle (2013), Michael Winterbottom, Welcome To Sarajevo (1997), Danny Boyle Millions (2004), Mat Whitecross, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010), Nicholas Hytner, The History Boys (2006), Lady In The Van (2015) and Noel Clarke, Adulthood (2008).

Jones’ most recent producing success is the critically- acclaimed The Iron Lady in 2011.  Starring Meryl Streep as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the film went on to win Academy Awards for Best Actress and Best Make-up Designer as well as further Best Actress awards from the Golden Globes and BAFTA.

Further film credits include  M.J. Delaney’s Powder Room (2013), Gregg Araki’s Splendor (1999), Regan Hall’s Fast Girls (2012), and Vondie Curtis-Hall’s Gridlock’d (1997), and Menhaj Huda’s hard-hitting Kidulthood (2006).  Jones is now prepping Ab Fab The Movie (2016) based on the iconic TV series with Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley; and developing Goodbye Christopher Robin (2015) with Steve Christian and director Simon Curtis and also developing an as-yet-untitled biography of the late fashion designer Alexander Mcqueen with writer Chris Urch and director Andrew Haigh.


STEVEN HALL (Director of Photography & VFX Director Of Photography)

Steven Hall DOPSteven has been a film technician for nearly thirty years. In the ‘old-school’ tradition he 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 and he has worked with some of the film industries top Director’s including; Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Ridley Scott.

As a Camera Operator Steven continued to work across TV Drama – ‘Dr.Who’, ‘Silent Witness’, ‘Ashes to Ashes’, ‘Mistresses’, ‘Spooks’ and on numerous Commercials including the celebrated Carling ‘Crab Friday’ ad. He’s also 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 BBC’s much anticipated drama series ‘War & Peace’ – the biggest TV Drama the BBC has ever Produced.  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.



Anna-Hugh%20Fraser-1%20BestHugh Fraser is is perhaps best known for playing Captain Hastings in the television series “Agatha Christie’s Poirot” and  appearing as the Duke of Wellington in “Sharpe”.  Other TV work has included “Edge of Darkness”, “Edward and Mrs Simpson” and Alan Bennett’s “The Insurance Man”. Amongst his film credits are roles in Patriot Games, The Draughtman’s Contract, 101 Dalmations, Clint Eastwood’s Firefox and The Man in the Iron Mask.  In the theatre, he has appeared at the Royal Court in “Cloud Nine”, “Traps” and “The Genius”, at the Lyric Theatre in “Filumena”, at Wyndhams Theatre in David Hare’s “Teeth ‘n’ Smiles” and in various roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company.



Script Judges

SHANE DANIELSEN (Screenwriter)

Shane Danielsen worked as a features writer for Australia’s two leading broadsheet newspapers, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian, for more than a decade. In June 2001 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival in the UK – the first Australian ever appointed to head a major international film festival – and oversaw five editions of this event before departing in September 2006 to pursue a career as a screenwriter.

His first feature, Errors of the Human Body, co-written and directed by Eron Sheean, premiered in 2012; his second, The World Made Straight, directed by David Burris and starring Jeremy Irvine and Adelaide Clemens, recently completed post-production in North Carolina. He is currently developing a remake of the Korean film End of Animal for producers Michael Wrenn and Paul Yi; an original SF drama, The New Machines, for Hopscotch Films; and an untitled UK comedy for producer François Ivernel. After living in Berlin for a number of years, he returned to Australia in early 2012, where, in addition to being a critic for SBS Online, he works as a creative consultant for Hopscotch Films.

MicahelMichael Lengsfield (Lecturer/Script writer)

Michael is a Tutor in Scriptwriting at the University of East Anglia, where he teaches for the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing and the School of Film, Television and Media Studies.

His primary interests are in the theory and practice of adaptation. After completing an MFA at Columbia University, Michael worked in the film and television industry in New York and Los Angeles. As a screenwriter, Michael wrote scripts for The Walt Disney Company, Harpo Entertainment and others.

In addition, Michael worked for the story department of several production companies, including Icon Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment, Showtime Networks, and Graham King’s Initial Entertainment

Jordan Mintzer (Film Critic/Producer)

Jordan Mintzer is an American film critic and producer based in Paris, where he serves as the French reviewer for The Hollywood Reporter. Prior to that he worked for Variety, and his writings have also appeared in Le Monde, Libération, Les Cahiers du cinéma and So Film. He is the author of the book Conversations with James Gray (ed. Synecdoche Books) and the producer of Matt Porterfield’s films Hamilton, Putty Hill and the upcoming Sollers Point.


And a little bit of local support from…….

STEPHEN FRY  (Actor / Presenter / Quite Interesting Person)

While Stephen’s busy work schedule means he is unable to help out in the judging process this year, he did send us this wonderful message of support:

“I am delighted to support a fine film festival for a fine city and it’s wonderful to see Norwich is continuing to support our local film industry with such vim and vigour.”


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