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CONFIRMED JUDGES

Robert Brinkmann

Robert Brinkmann A Hollywood cinematographer, director and all-round good guy, Robert has never turned his back on shorts despite working on major studio feature films (The Cable Guy, Rules of Attraction) and TV dramas (The Good Guys). As well as producing, more recently he has pursued his interest in directing, making the wonderful short film Cindy's New Boyfriend. Robert selects the Cinematography Award.

Daisy

Daisy Jacobs Daisy came close to matching Sam Karmann's amazing feats by winning a BAFTA and being nominated for both an Oscar and Palm d'Or in 2015 with her ground-breaking short animation, The Bigger Picture. A graduate of the National Film & Television School, Daisy used the same life-size animation technique to make The Full Story, which is still on the festival circuit. Daisy selects the Animation Award.

Gillies

Gillies MacKinnon Gillies is one of Scotland's leading filmmakers, having directed high-end TV drama (The Village, Trial & Retribution) and feature films (Hideous Kinky, Behind The Lines) for the last two decades. Having studied at the NFTS, he also watches short films as an assessor for the world-famous film school. He was nominated for a BAFTA in 1993, and has won numerous other awards in his career.

FemiVictor

Femi Oyeniran & Victor Adebodun The producing duo first worked together on the Sky comedy drama Venus vs Mars, before going on to produce feature films such as The Intent, which reached No.4 in the UK iTunes Store in 2016. Femi is of course also known for starring in films such as Kidulthood, while Victor also directs for TV.

Alex Jago

Alexa Jago Alexa began her career as an actress, working mostly in Hollywood, before focusing on production, and setting up Genesis Media Capital. Her recent feature film, Kilo Two Bravo, was nominated for a BAFTA and won several other awards, including a BIFA. She is now developing a slate of films - across different genres - to produce and finance. She splits her time mostly between the UK and US.

Blaine Brothers

John Hardwick John is from Liverpool but studied film in the United States. He started out in shorts before moving into television, including The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret in 2016. His feature films include the 2013 British comedy, Svengali, starring Martin Freeman. But he also likes to keep his hand in with short filmmaking, and recently made the fiction-meets-reality comedy The Pitch.

Blaine Brothers

Ben Blaine & Chris Blaine The Blaine brothers made several successful short films, such as 0507, before moving into feature films with Nina Forever. They do everything together, including writing, directing and editing; confounding the maxim that directors cannot edit their own work. As well as developing feature films, they work on TV drama in the UK, while Ben also writes a regular blog for Shooting People.

AND WATCHING THE WINNER?

Matilde

Matilde Ramos Pinto Matilde is a ‎director's representative at RSA Films, who represent some of the biggest directors in both commercial filmmaking and film and TV (Ridley Scott, Sam Mendes, Frank Miller). Matilde will watch the Grand Prize Winner, whether that be live-action, animation and/or documentary. She is also a producer at Crow's Nest Productions, a new company focusing on producing feature films.

Steven Russell

David Kayser Having worked as an assistant at Casarotto for several years, David is now creating his own client list of writers and directors. Casarotto is of course one of the world's leading agencies, representing some of the biggest names in film and television (to list them all would be exhausting). A native South African, David is a genuinely good guy, but is also incredibly busy so can only watch the winner.

Steven Russell

Helen Kenny Having worked for big-time advertising proction company MJZ as a producer a good few years ago, Helen rejoined as Managing Director in 2015 and ovesees their directing talent. In the intervening period, she co-founded SONNY London, the successful production company she still runs. Helen will definitely watch the winner and more if she has the time. Her dog usually handles her publicity.

Steven Russell

Steven Russell Steven represents writers and directors at Collective Talent. He has a wealth of experience in the film and TV industry; covering script editing, development, production, financing, and sales. He most enjoys nurturing new talent, and bringing their voices to the screen, so is always keeping his eye out for new writers and directors, and knows that short films is where to find them.


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