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Creative Team

Director Juliet Ellis: Ellis is a theatre maker, performance artist and filmmaker. She has worked continuously as an interdisciplinary artist to produce a number of award-winning works. Juliet has worked with several prolific artists. She has recently worked with critically acclaimed singer songwriter Lonelady for Warp Records directing two music promo’s Hinterland and Bunkerpop, selected for the Bafta Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015. Her recent theatre directing credit Amsterdam was nominated for Best Studio Production by M.E.N. Juliet has been commissioned by the BFI, UK Film Council, B3 MEDIA Blank Slate, Creative England, Arts Admin, Live Art Development agency, Arts Council England and was awarded Black Progress Trust Award for contribution to Arts and Media. In 2008 Juliet was chosen as one of two UK emerging film directors to take part in the Toronto Independent Film Festival’s Talent Lab


Producer Colin Pons:  Working in a variety of roles in the UK film and TV industry over the last twenty five years, Colin has built up a range of skills that he regularly shares, often working with first time directors and producers. Colin is a founding director of The Showroom Cinema, The Workstation, Sheffield Independent Film and Television (SHIFT) and Sheffield International Documentary Festival. Other recent initiatives include shorts production programmes for the over 55’s and the Super8 personal mentoring and development scheme. Colin is a part time lecturer and Head of MA Film Production at Sheffield Hallam University, motivating new talent to produce cutting edge content.


Choerographer Cesc Gelabert: Gelabert is one of the most influential Spanish choreographers and dancers of the moment. An emblematic and highly versatile artist, he has made a notable contribution towards the creation of a dance culture in Spain. Cesc Gelabert has created In a Landscape a solo for Mikhail Baryshnikov. Other comissions have been for David Hughes , Balletto di Toscana, Tanztheater Komische Oper, Ballet Gulbenkian, Larumbe Danza and Hermès, Kukai. He has also collaborated with stage celebrities and artists in many productions, such as Fabià Puigserver, Núria Espert, Jorge Lavelli, Montserrat Caballé, Milva, Gerardo Vera, Pilar Miró, Lluis Pasqual, and Conchita Pons, among others.


Make up artist Martin McClean: McClean has been designing hair and makeup for film, music, TV commercials, editorial and print for over twenty years. During this time, he’s worked for some of the most prestigious brands, directors and production companies. Originally he trained at Vidal Sassoon as a hairdresser and while working on fashion week fell in love with make up too and retrained. Twenty years on he’s loving his work more than ever! Recent work includes The Incident and The Strangle of Anna.


Cinematographer Yoliswa Von Dallwitz: After film school in Germany, Von Dallwitz joined the Berlinale Talent Campus and was invited by the European Film Academy to Malta for new and upcoming filmmakers to collaborate. She was also a member of the jury of the film festival filmplus in Cologne (section doc film) and a member of the jury of the German Cinematographers Prize (section feature film). Since 2013 she has been a member of the European and the German Film Academy. For three semesters in 2015 and 2016, she lectured at the Film University Potsdam Babelsberg as a stand in for the professor of cinematography. Recent films include Shell, Patong Girl and The Aryans.


Music Supervisor Susan Jacobs:  Jacobs has provided music supervision for Academy Award Winning films such as, American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook, Inside Job, and Little Miss Sunshine, as well as Oscar Nominated films GasLand, Before Night falls, Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and Short Cuts. With a career spanning twenty years and counting, Susan has worked on more than 100 films, including The Jinx, Our Idiot Brother, Catfish, GasLand Part 1 & 2, Diane Vreeland’s “The Eye Has to Travel”, Ginger Baker documentary “Beware of Mister Baker”, All Good Things, Sunshine Cleaning, Kansas City, Basquiat, 54, Happiness, Unbreakable, The Village, Everything is Illuminated, Capote, Lady in the Water, Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and many more.

Production manager Neigeme Maeda: Neigeme is a film producer and production manager. He is the co-director of the critically acclaimed Caribbean Film Corner and senior producer at UNIT 4B productions. With over 10 years experience in both film and documentary, he has produced award winning films with directors in France, UK, Spain, Germany, Estonia and throughout the Caribbean. In 2012 he became a member of the Berlinale Alumni, one of the world’s most prestigious talent Campuses for rising talent. He is a skilled multi tasker and calm under pressure. His in-depth knowledge of commercials directors and film, animation and editing techniques is an asset.


Casting Lucy Pardee: known for talent at “street casting” – finding characters on the roads of Britain and the US, from Fish Tank to Catch Me Daddy. Her interest in film started when she studied anthropology at university. Completing a course on visual anthropology led her to make a short film about ground zero in 2002. Pardee quips that the short film ‘wasn’t very good’; nonetheless, she caught the bug. She quickly learned that the film industry was very much dominated by men and you have to go after things yourself. It was her grit in getting things done that has been the reason for her success.