John Brabourne Awards

The Awardees

  • Awardees January 2018

Adam Singodia

Adam worked as a freelance Director of Photography for five years before enrolling at the NFTS on the Cinematography MA. A background in documentaries and commercials enabled him to travel the world and develop his approach to narrative work. He has operated on television programmes such as The Great Songwriters and Nothing Like a Dame as well as shooting 2nd Unit on 24: Live Another Day, Level Up and 100 Streets. He lensed the feature length documentary Dying Laughing which premiered at the LA Film Festival in 2016. Adam’s short films have screened at a number of festivals around the world including Palm Springs and Aesthetica. He hopes to continue onto bigger projects and follow in the footsteps of other NFTS alumni such as Tom Townend, Charlotte Bruus Christensen and Roger Deakins. His JBA will contribute towards his tuition fees.

Aurora Fearnley

An award-winning director with a slate of sci-fi features in development, including Tipping Point, with BFI Vision Awardee Lunar Lander Films. After winning The Pitch at Pinewood Aurora shot ambitious sci-fi short Pulsar starring David Gyasi (Troy, Interstellar) and Jessie Buckley (Taboo, Beast) which premiered at Sci-Fi London Film Festival 2018. In 2017 her short film Struck, produced by 104 Films, screened at Sydney, Edinburgh and Cork Film Festival before being released online by Directors UK commissioned her suspenseful short Murmer, which won many awards including Breakthrough Filmmaker at The Smalls. She also directed supernatural short Shades Of Living, funded by the UKFC, Sci-fi Nokia Short Daniel, which premièred at Edinburgh IFF, and Epic Award short Life on the Line. Aurora has participated in BAFTA CREW x BFI NETWORK 2017, Reykjavik Talent Lab 2016, Filmonomics 2015, Creative England’s Talent Centre 2015, VFX Script to Screen Ireland 2015, Screen Yorkshire’s Triangle 2010/13 and WFTV’s mentoring scheme 2014.

Ayo Akingbade

Artist and filmmaker born in Hackney, she lives and works in London. Ayo studied film at the London College of Communication. In her work she experiments with a range of media, much of her present focus is embedded in daily lives of subjects and psycho geography. Ayo’s first short film, In Ur Eye (2015) premiered at the London Short Film Festival. Ayo produced, directed and edited Tower XYZ (2016), a short film which speaks to the imagined future of a young woman and her reflections on the ever-changing city of London under the STOP PLAY RECORD initiative (2015-2018). The film received a Special Mention Award at International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen and won the inaugural Sonja Savić Award at Alternative Film/Video Festival. She is a recipient of the 2018 Sundance Institute Ignite Fellowship for emerging filmmakers. Her new film Street 66 (2018) is about Brixtonite housing activist Dora Boatemah, which premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam and screened at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Ayo has been selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries (cohort 2018).

Jamie Gamache

Jamie started his journey into producing quite modestly. What began as making short films in his back garden has, in just 6 years, developed into a career producing feature films. In 2013, he setup Lowkey Films with Director Connor O’Hara and alongside working on high profile music videos and corporate jobs, their short films have screened at over 100 festivals wordwide. This included Infinite starring BAFTA-nominee George MacKay. Now working with a collection of new directors, Jamie is currently developing a diverse feature slate; the first being a feature version of Infinite, which he is raising finance for with Executive Producer Mark Foligno (The Kings Speech, Moon). His unique attitude towards filmmaking and personable approach has allowed him to build up momentum as one of the UK’s most exciting new producers. Jamie’s JBA will go towards developing a set of features that are driven by stories of human struggle. The award will support him financially as he begins to dedicate more time to his projects and leaves his full-time job as a sound designer.

Jamie King

Jamie is a filmmaker and musician from Northern Ireland who is currently studying Editing at the National Film & Television School. In recent years he has worked in a wide variety of creative education programmes, helping to inspire teenagers through filmmaking courses such as the BFI Film Academy, The Prince’s Trust and The Ghetto Film School. The short documentary In Peace Apart, about the subject of integrated schooling, was made in collaboration with young people at the Nerve Centre in Derry and gained widespread acclaim. The JBA will go towards his fees and living expenses as he completes the final year of his MA at the NFTS.



Koby Adom

Koby is a British-Ghanaian film writer/director who graduated from the London Film School in 2016 after shooting his graduation film House Girl in Accra, Ghana. House Girl raised over £10,000 on kick starter and screened at film festivals around the world, most notably the BAFTA qualifying London Short Film Festival and the prestigious Africa International Film Festival in Lagos, Nigeria. Since then, Koby has gone on to build his profile in the film industry in numerous ways especially writing and directing a follow up short film Hair Cut starring Robbie Gee which was on Film London’s London Calling Plus slate for 2018. His list of achievements include working with Genesis Cinema and the BFI to hold a short film event as part of the BFI Blackstar Season, sitting on a panel for a discussion at an Amnesty International screening of Get Out for black history month, sitting on a panel for a discussion at the BFI Future Film Festival plus a lot more activity. After receiving the John Brabourne Award, Koby is now concentrating on building the creative treatment to turn House Girl into a feature film as well as working on short films, commercials and music videos to keep his creative juices flowing.

Nour Wazzi

Tipped as a future star on BBC’s 2017 hotlist filmmaker Nour has collaborated on a number of features (e.g. Oscar® nominee Waste Land) and shorts over the last 13 years. Most recently she directed on the BBC mini-series The Break, co-wrote, produced and directed the DFI-backed short thriller Baby Mine, starring Alexander Siddig (Syriana). Nour produced and directed a number of award-winning shorts including the Film London backed Up On The Roof (2013) starring Maisie Williams (Game Of Thrones), premiering at the BFI London Film Festival and selected at over 30 festivals; the psychological thriller Shackled (2012) starring Emilia Clarke (Game Of Thrones), the Film London backed Habibti (2010) with Hiam Abbass (The Visitor), Yasmine Al Massri (Caramel, Quantico) and Jimmy Akingbola (Arrow). Based on a story by Oscar® nominee Ari Folman it received its broadcast premiere on the BBC in 2012 and was selected at over 40 festivals.

Olivia Loveridge

Olivia is a producer working on her debut feature film with her company Trashouse Films. She has previously worked in creative talent agencies and production houses, and with Trashouse Films strives to make ambitious, independent films on small budgets. Olivia was born in New Zealand and is based in London. Her first feature film, Here Comes Hell, will finish shooting in May 2018, and her JBA will help with post-production.




Rachel Gold

Rachel is an independent creative producer based in South East England and has a background in publishing and advertising. Inspired, in particular, by a moving true story, to which she now holds rights, Rachel changed profession to fulfil a life-long ambition and through her company Bay Horse Pictures Ltd, has a slate of projects of varying genre currently in development. Through the regional creative development agency Screen South, Rachel was introduced to renowned producer Chris Kenny (Empire of the Sun, Batman, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider). What started out as a mentorship developed into a working relationship and subsequently Chris is attached to two features. Alongside producing her own projects and raising a family, Rachel also works freelance on feature length and short form content across various platforms; commercial work has included content for the likes of NBC Universal, EE, Samsung and Lego. Rachel’s JBA will be used to provide support to her feature film, The Secret Inventors’ Club, a family action-adventure movie with a hint of sci-fi.