BEST FILM JURY
Broadcaster and writer Edith Bowman has been working in TV and radio for nearly 20 years. She has a diverse body of work – from fronting music festival coverage and hosting The BAFTA Scotland Awards, to travelling to Cambodia to make a BBC documentary on endangered Crocodiles. She is the host of the weekly podcast ‘Soundtracking with Edith Bowman’ talking to Directors, Actors, Writers, Producer and Composers about their relationship with music, both personally and professionally.
Dominic Buchanan is a producer, assistant director and founder of Dominic Buchanan Productions, known for Gimme the Loot (2012), Lilting (2014) and King Jack (2015). This year he produced “The End Of The F***ing World” for Channel 4 and Netflix which recently won The Royal Television Society’s Drama award.
Hailing from London, Ophelia Lovibond is one of Britain’s finest young actresses known for her work in TV shows W1A and Elementary as well as Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), No Strings Attached (2011) and The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016).
Kate Muir is a screenwriter, novelist and critic, and is the London organiser for Women and Hollywood, which campaigns for equality and diversity in film. She also works with Time’s Up and is on the board of Bird’s Eye View which promotes female-led films. She was previously the Chief Film Critic at The Times, and has written three novels.
BEST UK SHORT JURY
Karen Krizanovich is a film journalist, researcher and short film producer with an MBA in film finance from Cass Business School. She’s the secretary of the Critics’ Circle Film Section and a member of FIPRESCI, the international film critics association, as well as the British Film Designers Guild. When she’s not watching, reviewing or talking about film or the industry, she’s working on major studio features as a researcher. Karen also reads scripts. Lots and lots of scripts.
Alexandra is a Screen International Star Of Tomorrow 2011, best known for playing Joy Freers in NO OFFENCE, Becky in UTOPIA and the Young Margaret Thatcher in THE IRON LADY. Other credits include ONE CHANCE opposite James Cordon and CUBAN FURY.
Selina Robertson is a freelance film programmer and writer with over 20 years experience of working in film exhibition. In 2007, alongside Sarah Wood, she co-founded Club des Femmes – a queer feminist film curatorial collective. She is currently a PhD candidate at Birkbeck researching the curatorial and film programming histories of London’ feminist film collectives of the 1980s.
Sophia Thakur is a poet and an artist who can grip an audience. Any audience, from Glastonbury, to the Royal Family, to the Ted Talks audience to her online audience, she has connected, inspired and empowered millions of listeners and watchers over the years. Her messages on self-love, racial injustice, relationships and female empowerment have been documented by the likes of MTV, Viacom, BET and Nike.
Writer and director Jamie Thraves’ debut feature, The Low Down, was named by the Observer as among the “neglected masterpieces” of film history in its 50 Lost Movie Classics. In 2010 Jamie won the Hitchcock D’Or Award at the Dinard British Film Festival for Treacle Jr. He is also known for his award-winning video for the Radiohead single, Just, and has also worked with Travis, Coldplay, Razorlight, Blur and The Verve.