Norwich Film Festival runs through the kindness of our team of volunteers. Here's your chance to read a little bit about them:
Co-Director & Trustee: Kellen Playford
Kellen founded the festival in 2009 after seeing a friend struggle to get his short film screened. He has spent the last seven years trying to create a platform in Norwich for filmmakers to show their work. This year he is scaling back his hands-on approach to the festival, but is glad to be leaving it in the capable hands of this fantastic team while he is travelling the world pursuing other creative projects.
Co-Director & Trustee: Craig Higgins
Craig has been involved with Norwich Film Festival for several years supporting the festival as a Volunteer Co-ordinator. During his time with the festival he's been responsible for helping to recruit judges and patrons; new volunteers; and judging short films. He became Co-director of the festival in September 2015, and is now helping to reshape the festival along with being responsible for programming the Norwich Film Festival events for 2016. He's a film lover and an advocate of short films.
Marketing Co-ordinator & Trustee: Matt Ecclestone
Matt graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Norwich University of the Arts in 2013. He joined the festival as a volunteer in 2014 with previous experience working in contemporary art galleries, an artist space and within a creative agency. He is a big fan of meandering, open-ended, indie movies; the underdog genre; and of course short films.
Festival Co-ordinator: Jenny Higgins
Jenny graduated with a BA (Hons) in Film and TV production in 2013 and has attended film festivals in the UK and America. She joined the festival as a volunteer in 2014 assisting at events and helping with marketing.
Programming & Event Co-ordinator: Polly Rayns
Polly worked for several years in a freelance capacity in production and directorial departments on anything from music videos to commercials to feature films. Alongside this, she studied Film with a specialism in Screenwriting and a love of experimenting with narrative point-of-view. Polly has written and produced award-winning shorts that have successfully toured the festival circuit, and she loves travelling and attending festivals herself - Camerimage in Bydgoszcz is a staple in her diary every year.
Since graduating just under two years ago, Polly has begun to transition her work into festivals and events. She was part of the programming team at Cambridge Film Festival 2015, and has worked for Norfolk & Norwich Festival.
Festival Co-ordinator: Mara Frampton
Mara's passion for cinema began at a young age, and some of her favourite directors are Sophia Coppola, Francois Truffaut and Hal Ashby. Her favourite film is Harold and Maude.
She is currently studying English Literature and Creative Writing at UEA. Her ambition is to one day write screenplays and meet people to make films with.
Technical Film Co-ordinator: Olly George
Olly graduated in Media Production at Lincoln University in 2015. Since then, he has spent time developing his work in the industry, working as a runner on various TV shows and shooting on short films and promotional videos. He is keen to be involved in Norfolk’s film scene and believes that it is a great place for creative people to collaborate. He joined the festival this year to bring both his production knowledge and enthusiasm for film to the team.
John is currently studying a masters in Biological Sciences at the UEA in Norwich. But when he's not studying he's spending his time watching and talking about films. John started getting involved with the festival in 2016 writing film reviews and hosting Q&As where he now volunteers as the blog editor. John attends a variety of UK and International film festivals and is a big fan of foreign language films.
Event Co-Ordinator: Siobhan Ennis
Siobhan joined the team in 2016 and helps with event organisation with tasks ranging from sourcing award trophies to pop-corn machines!
Interested in volunteering? Please get in touch at: email@example.com