THE TEAM

 
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DAVE EVANS - Artistic Director

Dave is an experienced film and TV director who has also worked on stage.  His credits include Daddy's Girl, BAFTA Wales best film 2007, Crash (BBC), Mind to Kill (Channel 5/S4C) the award wining series Y Pris (S4C – best regional drama Prix d’Europe 2008) and feature drama Tir, nominated for best drama Celtic Media Festival 2014. 

 

CAI HOWELLS - Festival coordinator

Cai has worked extensively as a freelance camera operator and director for ITV Wales, BBC Wales & Channel 4 and has recently begun production on his first feature-doc. He has also produced several corporate videos for high profile clients including Centrica UK and the Welsh Assembly Government.

 

Aleksandra Nikolajev-Jones - Head of development & fundraising

Producer,  choreographer, actress and educator.  Now based in the UK,  Aleksandra is a product of the Yugoslavian Drama Theatre . She has been producing since 2008 in Wales and the UK and is focusing on developing creative platforms for the best of UK and European talent.  She is leading on a number of co-productions that the company has in development and is also working on training and workshop delivery.

 

Rachel van Koningsveld - EVENT & SPONSORSHIP CO-ORDINATOR

Rachel is a freelance Producer / Media Consultant with over 20 years’ experience of working in the creative industry.  

She initially trained as a Production Accountant with HTV (now ITV Wales) before becoming a Unit Manager at S4C, where she negotiated budgets and contracts with Independent Production Companies. She later became the head of the Interactive Department at S4C and won 3 Bafta Cymru New Media Awards.


JUDGES

 
 

ANDRE SINGER

Created the Fine Cut series (later to become Storyville) for the BBC and worked with such international filmmakers as Werner Herzog, D.B. Pennebaker and Fred Wiseman.. Since 2013, Singer has executive produced  The Secret Life of Uri Geller by Vikram Jayanti for BBC2, Dreams of a Life by Carol Morley, and the multiple award-winning and Oscar nominated diptych The Act of Killing  and The Look of Silence by Josh Oppenheimer. As director, Singerʼs film Night Will Fall (2014) has been a major festival and broadcast success wining an EMMY in 2016.  He is currently working with Werner Herzog (with whom he has collaborated on 14 films) on mankindʼs relationship with volcanoes.

 

KIMBERLEY WARNER

Oscar nominated producer (Spectres of The Shoah) and development executive at Ffilm Cymru Wales, Kimberley is the former Head of Acquisitions and Development for two distributors: Journeyman Pictures and Mercury Media. Working with filmmakers of the calibre of Ken Loach, Kim Longinotto, James Moll and Pratibha Parmar, Kimberley also established Mercury's digital distribution arm. She is passionate about finding new voices in both the Welsh and English languages

 

JONNY OWEN

Jonny Owen is a Welsh producer, actor and writer who has appeared TV shows including Shameless, Murphy's Law and My Family. Owen won a Welsh BAFTA for the documentary The Aberfan Disaster which he co-produced in 2006. Jonny produced, wrOte and starred in hit film Svengali before producing and directing documentary feature I Believe in Miracles. 

His latest documentary film ʻDonʼt Take Me Homeʼ chronicling the success of Wales Football at the Euros 2016 has been breaking box office records across the country.

 

FESTIVAL TRUSTEES

David Chamberlain

David is arts Development Manager for Caerphilly County Borough Council. He has 15 years of experience of working in all areas of the creative industries and is a practicing visual artist. Over the years he has worked on a number of arts events on various scales ranging from local festivals to the Cultural Olympiad.

 

 

Chris Evans MP

Chris has been the MP for the Islywn Constituency since 2010.  

 

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Jaya is Associate Head of the School of Media at the University of Wales. Having worked in the media industry for over 30 years, she is passionate about film and TV.  She began her career as a producer, making documentaries for BBC 2 about Art History before setting up her own production company.  Filming all over the world - Africa, India, Europe, USA, etc, she cannot believe how privileged she has been.  "The most amazing thing about making docs is that people trust you and let you into their lives - a beautiful, humbling experience.

 

Sally lisk-lewis

Sally Lisk-Lewis is the newly appointed Senior Lecturer in Film (Documentary) at the University of Wales, Newport.  Prior to this, Sally worked in the television industry for 18 years, rising to the rank of Head of Development at both Indus Films and BBC Wales.  She was responsible for a raft of local, network and international documentary commissions during this time, including Last Chance to See with Stephen Fry (BBC2), Arctic with Bruce Parry (BBC2), Expedition Alaska with Steve Backshall (Discovery) and The Twins of the Twin Towers for BBC1 which she also co-produced.