Adam is an established First Assistant director and has been in the AD department for many years. He has worked extensively in Film, TV drama / comedy, commercials and music videos. Working on a range of productions from huge blockbusters to friend’s shorts for free (or at least for a bacon sandwich). He is now making the move into Directing in his own right, using tips and tricks he has picked up from various, writers, directors, casts and crews he has worked on along the way and combining them with his own style to write and direct his own work. He has directed his own short films and recently some of the award winning television sketch show ‘Horrible Histories’. Adam’s JBA will help him complete post production on his latest ambitious short film project and hopes to hit the festival circuit with the film early next year. He is also co-writing his first feature.
Ben’s debut feature Pikadero premiered at San Sebastian International Film Festival in 2015 and went on to screen at over 40 international film festivals, winning multiple awards including the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature at Edinburgh International Film Festival, the FIPRESCI Award and Best Film in Kiev, the Critic’s Choice Award in Zurich Film Festival and the Cineuropa Award in Brussels. Named an outstanding contribution to Spanish independent cinema by the Spanish Film Academy, it also received theatrical distribution in a number of European countries. Originally from Scotland, Ben has been hailed as ‘a new voice in Spanish cinema’, and cited as ‘a name to look out for’ by Filmmaker Magazine. His work has garnered several awards including four BAFTA New Talents (including ‘Best Drama’ and ‘Best Writer’ for Patata Tortilla in 2015). After studying Arabic and Politics at The University of Edinburgh he gained an MA with Distinction in Film Directing at Screen Academy Scotland. Ben also completed an MFA in Advanced Film Practice, for which he was awarded the Rafford Scholarship and the university medal for outstanding achievement. Ben is represented by Troika in London for Film and TV. His next film is currently in development with Creative Scotland/SFTN.
Writer-director Dave has worked in TV & Film for over a decade. Since graduating Bournemouth University in TV Production Dave has worked as an editor and cameraman in broadcast TV before moving into writing & directing. He wrote and directed his micro-budget feature This Is Not Happening, which premiered at East End Film Festival in 2015. Writing as one half of Mrs&MrThomas, their feature script The Assessor won the Shore Scripts Feature Award and is now in development with Stephen Woolley at Number 9 Films. Dave’s JBA will be used to produce & distribute his latest short film Dad’s Last Day, a dark sci-fi, comedy drama.
Douglas is a Glasgow based writer/director whose work has been nominated for three BAFTA in Scotland New Talent Awards. His films have been shown at festivals around the world, including London Short Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival and Aesthetica Short Film Festival. He has also taken two of his short films on a Picturehouse Cinemas tour of the UK, screening them to an audience of over 1,700 across 25 cinemas. Douglas co-created the Radio 4 series Romance & Adventure, based on his short film of the same name. This year he was selected for the Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab. He is currently finishing his micro budget feature film and developing his next feature project.
Isla is an award winning writer/director whose work has screened internationally. Her debut short film Passengers gained her a BFI Future Film nomination and a top 3 placing in Shooting People’s Film of the Month. She has since gone on to make This is What it Feels Like, winning 3rd place at the Smoke & Mirrors 48hr film competition; A Thousand Leaves, gaining 7 Best Short/Screenplay nominations; numerous music videos and most recently a TV pilot teaser set in medieval England. Her feature film, Halcyon Heights, starring Sheila Reid, Reuben Johnson and Diana Weston has, amongst official selections, come top 3 in the Best Low Budget Feature category at the Toronto Independent Film Awards and won Best Feature Film at the International Film Festival of Wales. She is now developing her first play and a feature drama/romance whilst studying a MA Scriptwriting at Bath Spa University. Her JBA will help towards the course and final project.
Jody is an accomplished editor with over a decade’s experience working on award winning international commercials. A feature documentary that Jody worked on, about the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion Roger Gracie was released by Bantam Films earlier this year. Jody has an unwavering drive for finding and developing original untold stories that give a voice to unsung heroes. His passion project, a feature documentary about pioneer and enfant terrible of the alternative comedy scene, Malcolm Hardee, features stars from across the world of British arts and comedy and took part in the London Film Festival Micro Market. Jody’s first short, The Tunnel, about Malcolm Hardee’s anarchic comedy club, was funded by Film London’s Southern Exposure and was part of the IDFA Official Selection 2013 and East End Film Festival 2014 leading him to be part of Sheffield Doc/Fest’s first Future Producer School. Jody’s JBA will provide support towards his living costs whilst he works on the rough cut of the Malcolm Hardee documentary to take to broadcasters and funders.
Lindsey Dryden is an award-winning independent producer, writer and director. She began her career in TV documentary (BBC, Channel 4, History Channel) before associate producing hundreds of shorts at Current TV. Lindsey directed the documentary Lost And Sound which was selected for SXSW, the short Close Your Eyes And Look At Me screened at the True/False Film Fest, and has produced the Special Jury Award at Sundance winner Unrest. Lindsey has previously been nominated Best Female-Directed Film (Sheffield Doc/Fest) and Best New UK Filmmaker (OpenCityDocs) for Lost And Sound. She continues to make shorts with and for BBC, Tate, Random Acts, The Wellcome Trust, Royal Court Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Hyundai and is currently making short art films and directing her next feature, a mystery about a gender outlaw jazz musician.
Natalie is a documentary filmmaker with a background in visual art. Natalie has worked in documentary production and artists’ film as a researcher and production manager and has also been funded by Film London’s Borough Production Fund to write and direct a short film. After a foray into the world of brand consultancy, she returned to her first love, documentary, and is currently studying for a Masters in Documentary Directing at the NFTS. In combination with her JBA, Natalie is also the recipient of the British Cinema and Television Veterans’ grant for 2017.
Nell is a writer with fifteen years experience making films all over the world (sometimes in places where her hostile environment training has proved useful). As a freelance television producer Nell was nominated for an RTS award and won a BUFVC award for Learning on Screen. Now writing as one half of Mrs&MrThomas, she is developing bold visual stories that reveal our society’s flaws. Her award-winning script The Assessor, (Shore Scripts Feature award 1st Place) is currently optioned by Stephen Woolley at Number 9 Films. Her micro-budget feature film, This is Not Happening premiered at East End Film Festival. Nell was recently selected to participate in Creative England/Raising Films Closr programme and is represented by Julia Kreitman at The Agency.
Omar is a qualified solicitor who went on to help establish Victoria Park Productions. Often involved in projects concerning the most vulnerable in society he hopes his future projects will be a champion for diverse and vibrant stories that deserve to be told. He is currently in post-production on THE BIG FAST, a unique feature documentary shedding light on the lives of British Muslims during the fasting month. He describes the feature as Super-Size Me but in reverse! He is also currently in pre-production on follow up documentary FOOD BANK NATION and action drama CITY OF INDUSTRY, both of which he has written and will produce. Production is also due to start on the short REFUGEE STORY. A tale of the most vulnerable trying to find a better tomorrow which he has also written and produced. He believes in creating issue driven projects that are both relevant and commercially viable. The award will help support the documentary THE BIG FAST.
Writer/producer Sharon Rapose was a BAFTA LA Newcomer in 2014/2015. She was assistant producer on Joanna Hogg’s Exhibition and her short film Konnichiwa Brick Lane has played at festivals around the world including the Oscar®-qualifying Tampere Film Festival, the BAFTA-qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival and was distributed internationally. A UCLA graduate in screenwriting and writing for television, Sharon has also taught television writing at UCLA and edited Neil Landau’s books ‘TV Outside the Box: Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution’ and ‘TV Writing On Demand: Creating Great Content in the Digital Era’. Her short screenplay The Silent Waltz is a finalist in the Austin Screenwriting Contest.
Xenia is a London based actor and producer, who has produced shorts, music videos and commercials alongside working for the independent filmmaking network Shooting People. She was recently selected for Encounters Film Festival’s ‘Widening The Lens’ development scheme through which she is receiving mentorship from producer Nicky Bentham at Neon Films. Xenia is currently building her slate which includes her first feature film FOXHOLE by writer/director Daniel Bayle. Her JBA will support the further development of FOXHOLE.