FOUNDERS

DEAN WILLIAMS - CEO

As a producer, performer and actor, Dean has over 80 credits to his name in his 15 year career.

KEVIN MCDONAGH - PRESIDENT

Writer / Director with 20 years experience including Feature Films, Television and Music Videos.

PATRONS

STEVEN KNIGHT

Birmingham born screenwriter and film director. Creator of "Peaky Blinders", writer of "Allied" and "Serenity".

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TREVOR BEATTIE

Producer of "Moon" and "Spitfire"

 and founding partner, chairman and creative director of Beattie McGuinness Bungay (BMB), and was formerly the chairman and creative director of TBWA London.

AMBASSADORS

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SINDY CAMPBELL
Head of Film Birmingham.
Sindy was among the very first people within the city to get behind the festival and help establish it. Her guidance and support has been fundemental to the festival's success.
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JON PEGG
Multi award winning writer and director.
 
Jon's  support of the BFF from day one meant he was an ambassdor well before we made it official.
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Dr. NEIL HILLMAN

Dr. Neil Hillman is a sound designer and editor, notable for his work on the Oscar-winning film Lincoln, Pirate's of the Caribbean and Line of Duty

 

COMMITTEE

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SOPHIE CANARE
Film Markret Manager
Award winning producer and actress and head of the Birmingham Film Market.
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RACHEL WARREN
Actress/Producer with 17 years experience working for ITV, BBC, Netflix, Sky Channel 4 and Amazon.
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HOLLY KENYON
Multi award winning producer and actress with experience in commercials, television and film.
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PAUL ULLAH
Exhibition Manager
Cinematographer with over 30 years experience, in film, television and commercial production.
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MEL DONELLO
Press Officer
Award winning writer and producer from Perth,  Australia. Now based in Worcester. Co-founder of the Birmingham Film Market.
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JOE CAPELLA
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Joe is a trained actor with 24 years experience in events and entertainment.
He's a real people person!

GRAND JURY

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DARCIA MARTIN

An award winning and incredibly talented director of many of the UK's favourite shows including Call the Midwife, Judge John Deed, Father Brown, Casualty, Doctors, The Bill and Shakespeare & Hathaway.
NICHOLAS BAILEY

British actor, best known for his role as Anthony Trueman in the British soap opera EastEnders. He also won the 2006 series of ITV's Soapstar Superstar.
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ALAN SHARMAN

A world renowned fashion, commercial and talent agent based in the heart of Birmingham who has shown us great support and generosity. A huge thank you to Alan and the entire team at The Alan Sharman Agency.
KIA PEGG

Kia is an English actress, who is most well known for her role as Jody Jackson in British children's drama show Tracy Beaker Returns and its follow-up The Dumping Ground. Jody Jackson is currently one of the longest running characters in the series.
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ANTHONY WALDRON

Birmingham born BAFTA winning producer / director / writer.
Anthony has 15 years experience producing television for Channel 4, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, The Travel Channel and many more.
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KARIN HESLOP

Director, producer, acting coach
and former actors Agent
with over 25 years of experience in
the industry. Owner of Nirak Films & 121actingcoach
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TAJIANA RHODES

Tatjana is an award winning freelance film editor, whose work spans feature films, short films, TV, documentary, music videos, advertising and fashion. She is a member of the BAFTA crew 2021, an associate member of the British Film Editors Guild and a member of Women In Film and Television.

 
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DAMIAN GALLAGHER

Damian trained as an actor at The Oxford School of Drama and has appeared in several feature films. He also studied screenwriting at The New York Film Academy, before landing a job working for Hollywood producer David Ladd, in Los Angeles. Among his key responsibilities, were to read and evaluate scripts.
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LUKE RUFO

Shooting Producer for ITV with 15 years working in TV documentaries and fiction. Luke is an award winning director and has worked worked in the UK and Europe for various production companies making television for various channels.
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DAVID BEAUMONT

David has worked in the media industry for nearly 20 years; he has over a hundred cinematography credits and has produced four feature films, and now directs for UK & US television..