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Please see below for a list of the previous filmmakers to showcase at Spotlights since it began in April 2012.

Whirlygig Cinema’s SPOTLIGHTS is a short film night that shines a light on the work and practice of outstanding new filmmakers.

Every month, three emerging filmmakers are given just 30 minutes each to screen and talk about their films, providing a gripping insight into their background, ideas and filmmaking process. At the end of the night they take part in a Q&A session, giving audiences the chance to probe further.

Each event will offer a specialised focus on a particular genre; from animation to art, drama to documentary, SPOTLIGHTS strives to create a regular meeting place for filmmakers and film-lovers, showcasing hand-picked emerging film talent in a relaxed and intimate environment.

Previous featured filmmakers

Wednesday 1 April 2015: Performance

  • Gabriela Tropia is a dance filmmaker. She directed the short, Units of Action, which has toured more than 20 countries. Her most recent and on-going project is an experimental collaboration with contact improvisation dancers, shooting and editing short films within a strict and limited timeframe of 2 hours. Her latest film, Under the Cobblestones, has been awarded at the Passion for Freedom Arts Competition in 2014. Since 2010, Gabi has worked as a Lecturer at the London Contemporary Dance School. vimeo.com/gabrielatropia
  • Isabelle Sieb is a German born director who started her career making documentaries for clients like National Geographic and FIFA in South Africa. London based since 2010 she has made four short films and was selected for Creative Europe’s Four Corners mentoring scheme and the EIFF Talent Lab 2014. She is currently developing a slate of projects in the UK, Germany and LA and has recently been selected for the Northern Film & Media feature development scheme RISE funded by Creative Skillset and the BFI. isabellesieb.com
  • David Baksh is a filmmaker, poet and singer-songwriter. He started in broadcast TV, working for ITV, Channel 4 and MTV. More recently, David has made a series of personal films, exploring different subjects and themes by combining his own poetry, music and performance with his hands-on style of spontaneous documentary filmmaking. His fascination with performance and performers – both his own and others - informs both his filmmaking process and his other artistic endeavours. vimeo.com/user9490584

Wednesday 4 March 2015: Sci-Fi and Fantasy

  • Danann Breathnach is a multi-international award winning filmmaker with a slate of projects in development including his first feature film Desolate Days originally conceived through BFI & Screen Yorkshire’s Triangle 2014 scheme. He made the viral hit A Love Story In Milk and his RTE commissioned web series Cuckoo has had enormous international success. Most recently, he completed commercials for Electric Ireland, MCL Insurance and a long form dramatic commercial for children’s charity Place2Be. danannbreathnach.com
  • Aurora Fearnley co-founded Leeds Production Company Left Eye Blind after graduating from The Northern Film School. Here she directed promos signed to Academy Films before winning the Epic award for co-directed short Life on the Line. Winning The Pitch in 2014, Aurora recently wrapped on sci-fi short Pulsar starring David Gyasi. Previously she directed Shades of Living with UKFC funding, which was signed to Shorts International. Her Period Drama short film Daniel premiered at Edinburgh IFF. littlenorthernlight.com
  • Jamie Stone is an award winning Scottish director, a Screen International Star of Tomorrow and a graduate of the NFTS. Jamie’s short films are often characterised by vivid fantastical worlds playing host to intimate family dramas. His most recent short, BFI funded Orbit Ever After, was nominated for a BAFTA and has won prizes at several festivals across the world. Recently Jamie has started working in TV drama, directing period dramas The Village and X Company. He is currently working on a sci-fi comedy drama for E4. vimeo.com/user3150081

Wednesday 4 February 2015: Docs

  • Angie West & Jackie Nunns / After years of being part of film festival audiences, Angie & Jackie asked themselves “How hard can it be to make a short film?” and set about finding out. Their first short CHILDSPLAY (2011) screened at the 2012 London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. The duo continue to collaborate with other filmmakers and artistes and their most recent short is enjoying success on the international lesbian and gay film festival circuit. lookingatyouproductions.com
  • Asmita Shrish is an independent filmmaker, artist and ethnographer who uses media and technology to explore new ways of looking at human stories and connect with the world. She graduated from the NFTS and is currently doing independent research in installation documentary and climate change in the Himalayas and its impact on mountaineers and locals. Recently she had been commissioned by Arts Council England and B3 Media to make a documentary on ex-Gurkhas in England. anahatavisionsandfilms.com
  • Victoria Fiore is a filmmaker and editor specialising in hybrid documentaries with a background in music and anthropology. After years of travelling and living in developing countries she was offered a documentary residency at the BFI. Since then, she has gone on to produce and edit content for the likes of Vice News and New York Times Op-Docs that take her around the world from the Siberian Arctic to the Saharan desert, exploring boundaries between performance and reality. victoriafiore.com

Wednesday 7 January 2015: Family Affairs

  • George Watson was nominated for Shots Magazine’s new director in 2013 for his short film CHILD, loosely based on the relationship with his father. CHILD was screened at Cannes and in front of Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers at the 2012 LFF. His latest short TWELVE starring BAFTA winning Monica Dolan has won both best drama and screenplay accolades. He is currently prepping for his feature film debut which is being shot in early 2015. gawatson.com
  • Duncan Cowles graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2013 with a 1st Class Honors in Documentary Film, focussing a large amount of his work on his own family. His graduate film RADIO SILENCE was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award and his earlier short THE LADY WITH THE LAMP received 300K views overnight online. His latest short DIRECTED BY TWEEDIE was commissioned through Creative Scotland. duncancowles.com
  • Michael Pearce studied Fiction Direction at the NFTS. His grad film, MADRUGADA won The Royal TV Society Award for Best Short Film. His next short, RITE, was nominated for the 2011 BAFTA’s and BIFA’s and travelled to over 40 festivals. Michael was selected as one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow and his recent short, KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES, made through the BFI Short Scheme, was nominated for the 2014 BAFTAs. michael-pearce.com

Wednesday 3 December 2014: Art & Beyond

  • Erica Stanga started working with video in 2005 to document her sculptural works, and as a result became interested in video and film as artistic media. Since 2007 her 16mm film work has incorporated hand developed techniques and in-camera effects. Her animation was awarded a people’s choice award for Best Short Film at the Fantastic Planet Sci-Fi International Film Festival 2010 (Sydney, Australia).
  • Nick Abrahams won the British Council Best UK Short Film award for EKKI MUKK, one of several films he has made in collaboration with Icelandic rockers Sigur Ros. This year he had a solo exhibition at London’s Horse Hospital, and released a 7 inch single. Nick has co-directed 2 feature length art films with Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller, and now has two feature projects in development. nicholasabrahams.com
  • Noriko Okaku was educated at Chelsea College of Art & Design and the RCA, completing an MA in animation in 2005. Her work explores the variety, eclectic nature and strangeness underlying everyday things and actions and incorporates drawing, collage, photography and painting. She is the winner of several international awards including Best Experimental Film at Italy’s Lucca Film Festival 2013. norikookaku.com

Wednesday 5 November 2014: Screenwriting

  • Dee Meaden is a writer, director and producer. Having trained as an artist and had work exhibited at galleries such as Gasworks and The Photographers Gallery, Dee has worked in film for ten years, and her credits include a number of award-winning shorts and a large and varied collection of commercials. Her work has screened at festivals including The BFI London Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Raindance, Aesthetica and Encounters. deemeaden.com
  • Zak Klein is a Scriptwriting MA graduate from Goldsmiths. His 3 recent short films have screened at 25 festivals across Europe and America, won 4 awards and been featured as Vimeo Staff Pick and Short of the Week on Hunger TV. The Elevator Pitch was a finalist for Sundance London's short film prize 2014. Zak has just finished writing a Sci-Fi feature film, and is looking for work in production. Feel free to offer him some. @zakklein
  • Paul Murphy is an award-winning director and writer. His Film London funded drama STOP has had enormous international success, winning two Best Actor Awards, playing in seventeen festivals, and was Rankin’s Collabor8te ‘Film of the Week’. NEXT!, an online comedy series he directed with Haiste and Lawrence, is currently nominated for a British Comedy Award. Clients include Saatchi & Saatchi, Auspicium, Volkswagen, Barclays, The SundayTimes, The Times and Unilever. paulmurphydirector.wix.com/paul-murphy-director

Wednesday 1 October 2014: Comedy

  • Louis Paxton grew up making films in Edinburgh, Scotland. A genre enthusiast, Louis is committed to building a career as a writer and director of exciting and original comedy, sci-fi, horror, action and musical content for film and TV. An NFTS graduate, his recent shorts have screened at numerous festivals worldwide, winning various awards including best comedy at the 2013 Van D’or Awards for his black comedy/drama DOLLFACE and a further two awards for his no budget short VOODOO MOUSTACHE. paxtonworks.com
  • Carolina Giammetta is an actress cum filmmaker who has worked with directors including Mike Leigh, Roger Michell, Julian Jarrold and Armando Iannucci. She has written and directed several acclaimed and award-winning short films and been selected for numerous Talent Labs. In 2013 she was nominated for the 2013 IMDB ‘ Script to Screen’ award. She is currently shooting a series of 28 short films about the British Civil War involving CGI, VFX. carolinagiammetta.com
  • Ben Mallaby is a BAFTA nominated comedy director. He started in comedy thanks to living with a stand-up for a year and making internet shorts with him and other comics. Last year Film London financed sports comedy BATTLECOCK! which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival. This year 'Island Queen' was nominated for the Short Film BAFTA. Shortly after, 'Timeholes' went viral after becoming a Vimeo Staff Pick. He's just finished his most recent comedy MILK! and is working on his debut feature. benmallaby.co.uk

Wednesday 3 September 2014: Soundtrack

  • Spike Morris works primarily as a freelance director of photography on music videos, live gigs, short films, profile films and other short form content. Combining his passion for electronic music with video projects led him to work with Julio Bashmore, Roy Davis Jr, Apparat and Bloc Festival, with projects commissioned and released by Channel 4’s Random Acts strand, Nike and Dazed & Confused. spikemorr.is
  • Guy Verge Wallace is an Australian filmmaker based in London who specialises in music videos and commercial projects. His music video ‘Papa Vs Pretty - Wrecking Ball’ brought him to London where it was featured in One Dot Zero Adventures In Motion, Flat Pack Film Festival in Birmingham and on Motionographer.com. cargocollective.com/GuyVergeWallace
  • Aneil Karia was recently named as one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow. He has directed music videos with artists including Nerina Pallot, Wave Machines and Dizzee Rascal, as well as commercials for brands such as Nintendo and La Senza. In 2012 he directed the countdown to the Olympics Opening Ceremony. His short film BEAT, starring Ben Whishaw, was selected for several festivals worldwide. aneilkaria.co.uk

Wednesday 6 August 2014: Animation

  • Martin Pickles is a London-based animator who specialises in 2D, hand-drawn animation. Originally from North Yorkshire, he studied Classics at Oxford and Animation at the Royal College of Art. He works as a freelance commercial animator, whilst at the same time producing short films for festival and gallery exhibition. He also curates London Animation Club, a monthly screening and networking event for animators. martinpickles.com
  • Stella Salumaa is an Estonian filmmaker with a Masters in Animation and a BA in Cultural Theory. She makes music videos and was one in a group of animators making TELEMISCOMMUNICATION by Imogen Heap and Deadmau5. Stella recently completed a series of animated short films about Estonian history, and published a comic book called CHICKEN SOUP WITH FEATHERS. stella-salumaa.planet.ee
  • Edwin Rostron is an artist and filmmaker based in London. He studied Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University and Animation at the Royal College of Art. He has been making films since 1997 and has shown his work extensively at film festivals and art galleries around the world. His blog (edgeofframe.co.uk) features interviews with fellow experimental animators, exploring the ideas and processes behind their work. edwinrostron.net

Wednesday 7 May 2014: Ladies' Night (in partnership with Underwire Festival)

  • A D Cooper comes from an advertising copywriting background where she has won awards for clever ideas and witty copy. She started directing in mid 2010 with her short called Feet, which was followed by a museum installation and further drama shorts for Hurcheon Films. Her latest short A Small Dot On The Western Front (2014) is a World War 1 true story made as a taster for a longer piece. hurcheonfilms.com
  • Lily Smith has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Independent Film which means she’s made a lot of video art that she’d happily never see again. She began writing and directing short narrative films a couple of years ago, after working in music video production for five years. Some of her work is funny, and some of it is sad, but the pieces she likes the best do both at the same time. vimeo.com/imlilysmith
  • Lydia Esler became a commercials director at 25 for the Guardian Media Group. Her roots lie in drama, but at the end of her Drama Degree she was introduced to filmmaking in a 3 day course by Vito Rocco and has never looked back. Lydia’s foray into filmmaking started in the camera department, shooting shorts on 16mm as a cinematographer. LOL is her first short film as a director / writer. lydiaesler.com

Wednesday 2 April 2014: Art and Beyond

  • Temujin Doran is a children’s book illustrator and filmmaker based in London. His drawing work is stylistically detailed, often displaying a fondness for historical subjects and nonsense, whilst his film work is pretty varied. He also sometimes works as a projectionist. studiocanoe.com
  • Sandra Djukic is a Belgrade-born RCA Visual Communication graduate, with interests and motivation in various visual forms as ways of expressing perceptions and engaging in society. This includes graphic/product design, film/video, architecture and socially engaged art. The style of her work is somewhat naive, often resulting in radicalism or humour. sandradjukic.com
  • Katerina Athanasopoulou is an award-winning animation artist with a passion for experimentation. She studied fine art in Greece and then completed an Animation MA at the RCA in 2002. She directs short films that are screened internationally in film festivals and art galleries, works as an animator and teaches at LCC. kineticat.co.uk

Wednesday 5 March 2014: Music Video

  • Steve Smith has been making music video promos for about 6 years. Prior to that he made many live performance gig videos, including Enter Shikari & Biffy Clyro. He is pretty much self-taught and works with both live action and animation, having made promos for established acts like Kodaline, The Futureheads, and And So I Watch You From Afar. facebook.com/thecontradictionofstephensmith
  • Alastair Binnie-Lubbock produces and directs films with Tea Fuelled Art and has worked with other big names in the British Film industry including BBC Films, Optimum Releasing, City Screen and the BFI. He studied Film and Literature and Creative and Media Enterprises at Warwick University where he first encountered tea as a fuel substance, and fellow tea fuelled creatives. He likes to dabble in editing, acting, special effects and silly voices too. teafuelled.co.uk
  • Fred Rowson is 25. In 2013 his short film, Woodhouse, won the Film London Best of Boroughs Award, and went on to screen at LFF. His music promos, made with the production company Colonel Blimp, have been nominated for various national and international awards. He’s directed videos for Tinie Tempah, Friendly Fires and Lianne La Havas. fredrowson.com

Wednesday 5 February 2014: Documentary

  • Victoria Salmon has worked on documentary, drama and educational programmes as director, producer and production manager. She currently teaches at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design and at the University of Westminster. Through these short vignettes she aims to show something of life’s hopes, achievements and challenges common to us all. victoriasalmonfilms.com
  • Juan Felix Fernandez graduated from the Universidad de Malaga in Journalism and Audiovisual Communication. He has developed a long career as camera operator and editor in the Spanish Broadcasters and News Agency. In 2011, he moved to London to study Documentary by Practice at the Royal Holloway University. His final project, Chana’s Way, was nominated for the One World Media Award 2013. Juan on Vimeo
  • Olivia Humphreys is a documentary filmmaker, radio producer and writer based in London. She graduated from Goldsmiths with an MA in Screen Documentary; her graduation film won a Royal Television Society Award and was acquired by Sky Arts. Her work has screened in Brazil, Canada and the United States as well as at numerous European festivals. oliviahumphreys.com

Wednesday 8 January 2014: Animation

  • Adam Wells has a background in design & worked in newspapers before becoming a commercial motion graphics designer. In recent years he has been developing his own short-form animation work, which has screened at LFF & Encounters. Influenced by theatre design & model making, Adam blends character animation & motion design. He then enforces highly disciplined camera direction to produce a unique sense of storytelling. adamwells.co.uk
  • Carla MacKinnon is a filmmaker & interdisciplinary producer with a background in technology & education. She worked as a curator, festival producer, filmmaker, teacher, script consultant & arts-technology manager. She has produced & directed a number of shorts, most recently Devil In The Room, a cross-platform project about sleep paralysis supported by Wellcome Trust. In 2013 Carla graduated with an MA in animation from RCA. mackinnonworks.com
  • tea&cheese personify the new era of bedroom filmmakers. This fresh faced duo, otherwise known as Liam Tate & Jamie Stanton, met at university & bonded over a shared love of funny films and general geek-idge. Their films have racked up millions of views online, won international awards & acclaim & they’ve even pitched a TV show in Hollywood. teaandcheese.com

Wednesday 4 December 2013: Comedy

  • Stuart Laws set up his own production company straight out of school and now has over 10 years experience in writing and directing. He has written feature docs, films, DVD releases & a documentary series on Sky TV. He has headed up the development of online comedy for Turtle Canyon Media and has achieved viral & critical success with over a million views. turtlecanyonmedia.com
  • Rob Munday is interested in the personal, the subjective & the oddness of the every- day. He has made shorts spanning genres from experimental to romance, documentary to comedy, each time trying to create particular worlds that show how their characters think and feel. If there is such a thing as surreal truth then that’s what he’s looking for. His shorts have screened internationally and have been part of SXSW & London Film Festival. vimeo.com/robmunday
  • Joe Patrick, Tim Bunn and Tim Woodall are an incestuous bunch of friends who like to write together, make films and make each other spit food out at posh restaurants. Tim W and Joe wrote and directed HIV: THE MUSICAL (starring Martin Freeman and Julian Barratt in 2009) as part of a short film project commissioned by Christian Aid. THE GIRL IS MIME (starring Martin Freeman) was part of the 48 hour film project in 2010. thegirlismime.tumblr.com

Wednesday 6th November 2013: Drama

  • Phil Hawkins is a commercials and features director whose first two features, THE WOMEN OF TROY and THE BUTTERFLY TATTOO, won Best Director at the New York Independent Film Festival. His third film BEING SOLD won Best Film at the London Independent Film Festival and was shot in just two days. His latest feature THE LAST SHOWING is currently in post-production and stars Robert Englund, Finn Jones and Keith Allen. philm.co.uk
  • Fernando Tiberini first started working as script supervisor on films and as assistant director at the opera in Spain and Switzerland. In 2004 he made his first short film here in London, and since then he has made four more fiction shorts, a couple of music videos and several films for NGOs in different parts of the world. He lives in East London is currently working on two feature film screenplays. fernando-tiberini.com
  • Chanya Button started working as AD for feature films whilst still in education and, at 18, won a place on the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme. In 2011 she completed an MA in Theatre Directing at RADA. Chanya has worked in the Creative Department at Warner Bros in LA and for the UK Film Council, whilst continuing her work as AD on features such as Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes. She now has her own production co Gobby & Specs, through which she has produced, co-written and directed 3 shorts.gobbyandspecs.co.uk

Wednesday 4 September 2013

  • Alastair Binnie-Lubbock - see above (5th March 2014)
  • Charlotte George has written and directed numerous award-winning short films, both in Australia and the UK, which have screened at film festivals around the world. Since moving to London, Charlotte has worked with a range of charities to create emotionally engaging and innovative short films and online campaigns, Recently she has directed online content for EastEnders (BBC), as well as a new online drama series aimed at teenage fathers. charlottefilms.co.uk
  • Joe Whitney has been involved in the arts for over 25 years, performing music worldwide as well as recording and production, with over 70 record releases. He has also had many solo/group art/photography exhibitions and started making short films in 2001. Screenings include Raindance and The London Short Film Festival. flytowhitneysmoon.com

Wednesday 7 August 2013

  • Simon Ball has been writing and directing films for the past five years. He recently graduated from the London College of Communication where he cultivated a portfolio of work that has been screened across Europe and recently started his own production company with a group of collaborators. iamsimonball.com
  • Tom Chick grew up in Edinburgh and is currently based in London. Since graduating from The Arts University College at Bournemouth he has worked in various freelance filmmaking roles as well as on his own commissioned work. His films have been based on British folklore and folk magic traditions, drawing from a deep interest in cinematic history alongside landscape to frame these stories in new and personal ways. tomchickpictures.co.uk
  • iloobia aka Tim Grabham is a visual artist currently living and working in London. Since hi- jacking his father’s super 8mm camera at the age of 14 he has been exploring improper ways to create moving images. His work is influenced by rituals, sound, destruction, disorientation, micro organisms and altered dream-states. iloobia.com

Wednesday 3 July 2013

  • Kate Jessop is an award winning animation filmmaker whose work spans animation, promos and artists’ video. She has exhibited extensively internationally, undertaking artist residencies in Berlin, Reykjavik and Manchester Metropolitan University. Her first film ‘Desires’ represented the UK in the Best of Women in Film and Television International 2008. katejessop.co.uk
  • Tristan Anderson has directed and produced films and TV shows for Channel 4, BBC Two and Current TV. Subjects cover everything from perceptions of sexuality, sky diving, facial scars, the reality of fame, substance dependency to young people going grey. He also co-founded the bi-monthly screening, funding and networking organisation Doc Heads. vimeo.com/channels/tristandocumentary
  • Manon Ardisson created Cat&Bear PICTURES with Sam de Ceccaty in order to produce their own short format video projects. They work on the concepts together, then Sam directs and edits while Manon produces. They’ve made over a dozen videos and their most recent project, Dave’s Wild Life, won an Ideastap competition. catandbearpictures.com

Wednesday 5 June 2013

  • Jacob Perlmutter has made fashion films and music videos for Harper’s Bazaar, Hunger TV and Mercury Records, but his primary interest lays in drama. Drawn to observing and commenting on human nature, Jacob is also an award-winning reportage photographer represented by LILK Gallery. jacobperlmutter.com
  • Steve Conway was born and raised in London a couple of turnings from Old Street. As a self-taught filmmaker he was also heavily influenced by a 4 year stint working in a photography studio and being around the stills world. His films are a combination of real life and fantasy but are always plot driven. steveconwayfilms.com
  • Rob Curry completed his first feature, The Boat People, in 2007. His two latest shorts were funded by the UK Film Council and British Council. His 4Docs funded feature documentary, Way of the Morris, was released in cinemas in 2011 and broadcast on Sky Arts. His last feature, TEMPEST, was released in the UK last November. fifthcolumn.org.uk

Wednesday 1 May 2013

  • Rebecca Coley started out in documentary training at the WFA (Workers Film Association) in Manchester and worked for the Travel Channel and News in the Channel Islands before moving into fiction. She is interested in the perplexities and contradictions of the human condition and her films are often based on true stories. beckycoley.com
  • Alex Masterton is a filmmaker and musician born in England, but raised in Canada. His short films are personal, mainly inspired by the events and people from his life. Since graduating from Goldsmith’s College with his MA in Feature Film, he has worked as a writer/director/producer and film lecturer. He is currently developing a feature screenplay. paddysparadise.co.uk
  • Michael Demetriou grew up in England and Cyprus and his films focus on themes of friendship and relationships. He has recently completed a 20-minute short titled The Pool Party and his previous film, Mooncake, has been screened at 4 venues, including the BFI Southbank and the Cine-East Festival. 28films.net

Tuesday 9 April

  • Isla Ure is an actress with roles in British thriller Candlestick and the new Red Dwarf X. She recently wrote and directed her first short film Passengers which screened at Underwire Festival in 2013. Off the back of it she has been nominated for The BFI Future Film Award (for outstanding work by a female practitioner aged 15-25). islaure.co.uk
  • Numra Siddiqui is a documentary filmmaker focusing on modern global issues. Growing up between Pakistan and London, Numra has developed a unique multicultural perspective. The Talking Walls of Lahore looks at street art in the town she grew up in. greaseyourpalmproductions.com
  • Max Lincoln is a film director who graduated recently from Bournemouth Film School. With a love for the surreality of everyday life, Max hopes to take his viewers to known filmic realities with magical twists. The Chair has been rescored several times by Whirlygig Cinema’s Making Tracks and new short Thyme will be screened at the European Independent Film Festival. maxlincolnfilm.com

Tuesday 12 February 2013

  • Prano Bailey Bond's work is known for its unique boldness as she fuses a dark horror-esque vocabulary with a refreshing newness that shows how beauty can reside in strange places. With a background in art and theatre, Welsh-born Prano’s creative stamp is both technically polished and visually distinctive. pranobaileybond.com
  • Sam Baron made short films throughout his teens and ten years and 4 million YouTube hits later, he works as a runner serving tea to people who can’t remember his name. But he’s also still making short films and writing screenplays, and continues to have regular enough successes to keep his Mum quiet. illimms.com
  • John Brown began his career with professional photography, although making films though was always his ultimate goal. John has developed a unique, measured and hands on approach to filmmaking. He has made music videos, shorts and virals and he is currently writing a feature. johnrobertbrown.co.uk

Tuesday 11 December 2012

  • Mark Bowsher writes and directs comedy through his sketch show CAFLTtv. His film ‘Brenda’ won Best Short, Best Screenplay and Best Actress at 2 Days Laughter in 2011. Next year his short, ‘Only One Person Will Like This Film’ will screen at London Short Film Festival. caflt.wordpress.com
  • David Higgs attended the Werner Herzog Rogue Film School in 2011 and now works for Archers Mark, a music video and commercials production company based in Shoreditch. He is currently developing his first feature film.
  • Chamoun Issa was born in Beirut and grew up during the civil war. He studied directing at the National Film & Television School and his short films have won prestigious awards, screening at international festivals and on national TV. He directs virals and commercials and is developing his first feature film. chamounissa.com

Tuesday 9 October 2012

  • Mikey Please graduated from London's Royal College of Art in 2010 and his thesis film The Eagleman Stag went on to premiere at Sundance, win a BAFTA and several other International Film Festival awards. He has directed for clients such as Nike, Virgin, Universal Records and in 2011 directed part of the Grammy nominated album film '9 Types of Light' for TV on the Radio. mikeyplease.co.uk
  • Rebecca E Marshall is a filmmaker who likes playing games with her eyes. She uses an experimental style that informs her short films and documentaries in 35mm, 16mm and DV. Her work can make you aware of yourself as machinery: soft, fragile and yet very much alive. She graduated from her MA at The London Film School with a distinction in filmmaking and her graduation documentary is released in 2012 on DVD with Andrew Kötting’s feature Swandown. rebeccaemarshall.com
  • Peter Bunzl is an award winning filmmaker whose work incorporates manipulated footage with digital and traditional animation. A graduate of the NFTS (Animation Direction M.A. 2002), Peter's animation work on ‘The Secret Show’ (BBC) and ‘Yoko Jakamoko Toto’ (ITV) contributed to four BAFTAs. His film 'Mind Games' was a Virgin Media Shorts Award Finalist (2008) and screened in 200 UK cinemas. ‘On The Upside’ and 'Mike 360º' were finalist in the Rushes Best Newcomer Award and the Raindance Extraordinary Film Competition respectively. peterbunzl.com

Tuesday 14 August 2012

  • Joe Rosen is a filmmaker with over ten years experience making films and television programs. His work has been screened and highly commended at international festivals including Toronto, Austin, Sheffield and the LA Film Festival. Naturalistic structures that are both comic and poignant are a defining feature of his work and best seen in the short Blind Date. jbfc.tv
  • Helen Nias makes short films because of an inquisitive desire to discover and understand more about the world and minds we inhabit. Topics of interest include spatial and temporal perceptions, dreams and reality, the experience of these and the memories these experiences create. Helen experiments with and utilises a range of techniques (including photogram animation, super 8, 16mm, and analogue and digital video) in an attempt to illustrate and evoke these small insights, sentiments and contradictions of life. helennias.co.uk
  • Will Jewell has directed various shorts and directed a wealth of music promos. He has written for Sky, Channel 4 and the BBC and written and/or directed 5 web series, including the BAFTA-winning Bow Street Runner (Channel 4) and Horrible Histories: Terrible Treasures (BBC). He has also had several feature scripts optioned and has been commissioned to adapt Ben MacIntyre’s best-selling The Napoleon of Crime for the screen.fracturedfilms.com

Tuesday 12 June 2012

  • Johnny Blank creates film, music video, commercial and experimental works. Johnny studied film in Melbourne before going on to establish two production companies, Blank Suburbs and coothwork. He then followed his digital agency, Agent Blank.johnnyblank.com
  • Kim Jarrett studied Film Production at Bournemouth Film School and directed a number of productions most of which looked at music’s interaction with visual non-narrative imagery.kimberlyjarrett.com
  • Bailey Tom Bailey is an artist and filmmaker. After cutting his creative teeth in painting, and household DIY, he began to make experimental short films that increasingly use the apparatus of narrative cinema. Bailey’s films are often trying to express elusive feelings and ideas about ourselves, and the world, which are difficult to capture in words alone.tombaileyimages.com

Tuesday 10 April 2012

  • Olivia Humphreys - see above (5th February 2014)
  • Nick Shaw is a Young Filmmaker of the Year nominee who writes and directs fiction and documentary shorts. Nick trained as an actor with LAMDA until the age of 18 but always harboured ambitions of becoming a filmmaker. His films are characterised by themes of masculinity in crisis, nationhood and absurdity – and plenty of dry humour.nickshaw.eu
  • Emmaalouise Smith is a filmmaker and photographer. She has been living and working in the city of London for a number of years; being an image collector, a camera collector and an observer of those around her. She is influenced by traditional techniques, analogue equipment and all things cinematic. emmaalouise.wordpress.com