2022 Jury

Cara Sheppard

Cara is MD of Twickenham Film Studios, where her focus is on developing key relationships with UK, Hollywood and international clients. Another focus is on building a bespoke Twickenham Film Studios training and apprenticeship scheme, securing key education partnerships. Cara ran Warner Bros De Lane Lea for four years before her move to TFS. At this Oscar- and BAFTA-winning post-production house she focussed on big name feature film and TV projects, winning ‘Best Production House’ at the 2019 Screen International Awards. Cara previously spent over five years with Sky as a Senior Manager of Post Production Operations, as well as Head of Post Production at Goldcrest. She is also an influential board member with the UK Screen Alliance.

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Laurence Topham

Laurence Topham is an award winning British documentary filmmaker and special project editor for The Guardian, with whom he has been working since 2008. He specializes in reportage and is the author of the short documentaries Firestorm (2013), Fast Ice: Rescue from Antarctica (2014), and Building the Bomb (2015), some of which have been screened at Tribeca, AFI Docs, Sheffield Doc, and others.

Anna Mantzaris

Anna is a Swedish animation director based in Stockholm and London. Her films have won over 70 international awards, including European Animation Award, Vimeo Best of the Year, Walt Disney Award and Audience Award at Ottawa International Animation Festival. Anna has an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art and recently worked on Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs. She is a south-after teaching and has been a guest lecturer at the Royal College of Art, Stockholm University of the Arts, the Design College of Barcelona, and Hyper Island, among others.

Maythem Ridha

Maythem is an Iraqi filmmaker and photographer living and working between the Middle East and UK. With over 20 years experience of working on many award-winning film and photography projects which veer towards the lyrical and are creatively based on personal experience of living in exile or on his travels often going off-the-beaten track and exploring different cultures, communities and traditions. Maythem wrote IRAQI TALES, a body of stories for film, at the University of Oxford and then at the National Film & Television School (UK). From this DRIFTING ON THE WIND was chosen by over 20 international film festivals, winning the Director’s Award at Hearts & Minds. Following this, AL-BAGHDADI won the Gold Prize for Best Foreign Language Film at the International Filmmaker Festival. ALI AND HIS MIRACLE SHEEP, his latest instalment from IRAQI TALES had its world premiere and won the prestigious Best Film Award at Sheffield Doc Fest UK Competition 2021 and has since been selected by over 30 major international festivals, winning several awards and prizes.

Fiona Hewlett

Fiona has worked for Film4 since 2018, and during many months of furlough, she plunged into a considerable amount of volunteer pre-screening for several different film festivals, continuing that journey by returning to work with US festival IndyFest. Last year, Fiona finished writing her first feature film script, undertook some judging for the Discover Film Awards, and also completed the Independent Cinema Office’s Cultural Cinema Exhibition course. Working with a mixed arts venue in Middlesbrough, she helped to programme a world horror season, and is looking to continue the association with a new season later this year. Fiona also had the great pleasure of being a voter for the 2021 BIFAs (Shorts category).

Abid Majid

Abid is an Executive Producer and Strategy Advisor at SALON, a multi award-winning and BAFTA-nominated film and documentary production company. Salon’s most recent feature productions include: ‘This Is Joan Collins’ for the BBC; ‘Audrey’, released internationally through Universal Pictures and for Netflix; and ‘Lioness’, for Amazon Prime. Currently, Salon is producing the biopic, 'Hear me Roar', on boxing legend Nicola Adams with Lionsgate. With his wife Mariam, Abid also founded Wagging Tongues Productions, the only London-based production company that has created theatre productions specifically for British Asian children and youth. The company was created in response to the geopolitical environment in the western world because they felt it was important to create a platform dedicated to promote integration of the South Asian community in the UK which would reinforce the multicultural identity of the next generation.

Sue Loughlin

Sue has been a part of the animation industry for over 20 years. Before joining Jelly London, she was the co-founder and Executive Producer of Film Club productions, an animation commercials production company. Film Club was part of the th1ng group, a leading commercials and film production company, based in London and New York. Sue has been a part of short animation juries including D&AD, BAFTA and Edinburgh International Film Festival and has taught animation at some of the UK’s top institutions including RCA, NFTS. Along with producing award-winning TV commercials, Sue has a keen eye for new talent and a commitment to seek out and foster young emerging animation directors.