2021 Jury

Thea Paulett is a Creative Executive at film and television production outfit, Working Title Films. Since joining the company in 2015, where she began as a Development Assistant, she has worked across the film development slate on titles including, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Mary Queen of Scots, Yesterday and most recently Emma.

For almost 15 years, Larushka Ivan-Zadeh has been Chief Film Critic at Metro, the UK’s most read daily newspaper. She is also a regular contributor to The Times, Sky News and BBC Radio 4 and has served on numerous film juries including the British Independent Film Awards and the BAFTA EE Rising Star award.

Anna was the first cinematographer to be named by BAFTA as a Breakthrough Brit and was selected as a Berlinale Talent in 2016. Her latest film Hope Gap stars Annette Bening, Bill Nighy and Josh O’Connor and premiered at TIFF 2019. MILE END won best narrative feature at NYC Independent Film Festival, Best Cinematography at Filmmaker International Festival and was nominated for best British feature at Raindance Festival. In 2019 Anna won a Knight of Illumination Award for her cinematography on BBC drama Clique. In 2019 she shot IN VITRO Denmark’s entry to the Venice Biennale.

Lindsay is Head of Documentaries at the Guardian where she commissions and oversees the Guardian’s documentary content. Her core focus is the short-form documentary strand on theguardian.com: films with strong, character-led narratives that are about compelling, contemporary stories.

Clare Anyiam-Osigwe alongside her husband is the Co-Founder of BUFF Originals born out the BAFTA accredited BUFF Festival, who independently released her critically acclaimed debut feature ‘No Shade‘ which she wrote, directed and co-starred in, with theatrical releases in both U.K. and U.S cinemas in November 2018 making her the 6th black British female director to secure a theatrical release.

Laura Dodsworth a writer, a photographer and filmmaker, is known for making the personal public and has been described as a ‘Slayer of Taboos’. Her directorial debut Scars was released by The Guardian in 2020. She is currently writing a new book, A State of Fear, regularly writes for the British press and presents weekly on Unlocked a new media channel.

Jane Ray is the Artistic Director of The Whickers, a production fund for emerging documentary talent.  Jane is a multi-award winning documentary maker with 29 years on staff at the BBC. Starting out as a radio reporter she ran her own department at BBC Worldwide.In 2014 she was told that her former colleague, the journalist and broadcaster Alan Whicker wanted her to set up and run an awarding foundation, supported by his generous legacy, to enable new documentary talent to see their best ideas realised and broadcast. Jane now combines this work with her own documentary production Cat Flap Media.  She is a sought after mentor and workshop leader and in China, Korea, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Jane has appeared as a film festival judge in London, Seoul and Guangzhou. 

Mélys is Development Coordinator at Film4, where she oversees external submissions, manages the development slate. Before that she was at Working Title Films, before going on to work as Production Assistant at Blueprint Pictures and as Development Assistant at RAW TV.

Georgina Hurcombe is the award-winning director of LoveLove Films animation studio. She has worked on an array of award-winning content and is also a member of BAFTA and  Animated Women UK. She was featured as a ‘Producer to Watch’ at last year’s MIPTV in Cannes. Georgina’s animated series Pop Paper City is distributed by Aardman and is due to air across the UK and around the globe from 2022. 

Nicola is an award winning VFX and animation producer.  She was Director of the Computer Animation Festival in London, and later Director of the London Effects & Animation Festival.  She moved into animation and VFX production; first with the Moving Picture Company, before joining the Mill, and later the BBC, where Nicola was the BBC’s in-house VFX and animation procurement advisor for five years.  Nicola manages productions from development and concept stage through to final delivery.  In 2018, Nicola set up Allora Pictures. Nicola also mentors other women and is a member of Animated Women UK, which helps women from all backgrounds and at all stages of their careers fulfil their potential.