Put a name to a face and meet all the Industry professional at Cornwall Film Festival 2019
Alex has created work for Film 4, Creative Skillset, Signature Pictures, DNA Films and Origin Pictures, and his short films have played at festivals internationally including Palm Springs (best of fest selection), Denver Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Aesthetica, Q! Film Festival, Dam Short Film Festival, Cornwall Film Festival and Fastnet Short Film Festival. In 2012 he also directed an art installation piece for the Jerwood Space.
His short No Pain Whatsoever, based on a short story by Richard Yates (Revolutionary Road) and starring Valene Kane and Henry Lloyd-Hughes, won the Best International Short in 2019. This was made in association with both Origin Pictures and Signature Pictures. Outside of his short filmmaking Alex works in development and has been part of the team at DNA Films since 2012 and is known for his work on The Starfish (2013), Ex Machina (2014) Far from the Madding Crowd (2015), T2 Trainspotting (2017) and as well as a large development slate in both film and television.
Alice is the new BFI NET.WORK Talent Executive for the South West. She will give an overview of the funding landscape of the UK film industry with Q&A. BFI NETWORK brings together the UK’s film agencies to discover, develop and fund new and emerging writers, directors and producers. Alice joined BFI NETWORK after working with British Council’s Film Team, where she has was the Film Programme Manager. During her time with British Council she managed the short film and newtalent support offer, including the Travel Grant scheme and an annual calendar of events for new and emerging UK filmmakers. Working closely with international programmers and buyers, Alice promoted UK short films across the globe. Alongside working with UK filmmakers, Alice looked after global exhibition projects, including running the EU Film Festival offer internationally. Alice joined the British Council after three years with Encounters Festival. Alice headed up communications, strategy and development for the Festival, and ran several year-round training and development initiatives for new and emerging filmmakers. Alice has also been a mentor for several new talent schemes within the creative sector including Guiding Lights and Re:Present.
Ben Lofts has worked in the film and television industry within the art dept for 35 years, holding various positions such as prop master, standby props, art director, set dresser, set construction and researcher. He has an extensive filmography in a variety of genres which includes live broadcasts,film, stage and studio. Currently working as the standby prop man and art director on the Rosamunde Pilcher films that are made here in Cornwall for German television. A selection of his credits include: Spooks, Hustle, Poirot, Vicar of Dibley, Jools Holland Show, Fraggle Rock and Harry Potter and many more.
Joan is an award-winning Prosthetics Designer and winner of a BAFTA CRAFT AWARD,DESIGN and ART DIRECTOR’S AWARD from BAFTA and RTS AWARD for Productions. A BAFTA MEMBER Bafta Craft Van Gogh BBC [with Linus Roache Golden Globe Winner,Jim Broadbent Oscar Winner] RTS &D&AD[Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ BBC] BBC[In House] BBC Make-up Dept.representative;Berlin, Kryolan Advanced Prosthetics Course & RTS Speaker/Demo for RTS at BBC Newcastle. Foreign experience; Hong Kong, US,Berlin. Linkedin Wales Screen [Crew] 2018 Dr. WHO Feature Length Video- BBC America first broadcast.BBC Worldwide.Hair,Make-up Designer 2018 BFI Panel; Crew and Cast ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide the the Galaxy,BBC /Screen/Blu ray.
Sophie Mair and Dan Gitsham
Writer/Directors Sophie Mair and Dan Gitsham are partners in life and film. They have been creatively collaborating since 2007 in the world of genre. They have screened at over 150 film festivals worldwide. Dan is a previous Screen International Star of Tomorrow. In 2010 they were commissioned by UK Film Council to make the short film ELLA starring Anthony Head. From 2011-2014 they developed ELLA (the feature screenplay) to third draft with Creative England and in the same year
were picked as part of iFeatures Development program with their horror project KEEPER.
After a life hiatus (the birth of two beautiful boys) they came back with AND THE BABY SCREAMED in 2018, which screened at festivals including Encounters and London Short Film Fest. At the beginning of 2019 they made a self-funded short BILL and Sophie was awarded a John Brabourne Award. They then joined forces with genre producers Jude Goldrei of Lunar Lander Films and Becca Wolff of Grasp the Nettle Films and received production funding from BFI Network and LA production company Gunpowder & Sky to create THE THING THAT ATE THE BIRDS (TTTATB).
With a background as Head of Development at a BAFTA-award winning production company The Producers, Rebecca Wolff went freelance as a producer in 2012. Since then she has gone on to produce a number of short films with backing from Creative England and BFI.
In 2015 she formed Grasp The Nettle with Writer/Director Dean Puckett. Since then they have gone on to make two Creative England and BFI backed fiction shorts (CIRCLES 2015, THE SERMON 2018) and a short doc for The Guardian and a Cannes winning Straight8 entry Satan’s Bite. Satan’s Bite and The Sermon premiered online as Vimeo Staff Picks and they have had their shorts picked up for distribution by Alter, Omaleto and Shorts TV. They currently developing two features, one of which MAGPIE, a folk horror, received development support from the 2018 iFeatures Development Programme, Pustnik Development Lab and Les Arcs Co-Production Market 2018.
Alongside this work with Dean Puckett she has just produced along with Jude Goldrei of Lunar Lander films, Alter’s first original short horror which was financed in collaboration with BFI Network, written and directed by Sophie Mair and Dan Gitsham of Sketchbook Pictures. She is also coproducing one of the 2019 Female Film Force films again with BFI Vision producer Jude Goldrei for Writer/Director Joy Wilkinson (Doctor Who, The Watch).
She was selected as one of the Edinburgh Talent Lab participants this year and has a slate of short and feature projects she is developing.
Yazmin Joy Vigus
Yazmin grew up in Cornwall but ventured to the big smoke to pursue a career in film and storytelling where she worked for a multitude of British Independent production companies. In 2015, she was approached by Jo Brand’s What Larks! Productions to develop her non-fiction book proposal MAN-TOX: A KICK-ASS GIRL’S GUIDE ON HOW TO GET OVER A BREAKUP into a shorts format for BBC3 style audiences. She associate produced and acted the leading role of Carly in the award-winning short film LA LUNE FOLLE (CRAZY MOON), also starring BAFTA winning Dame Sian Phillips. Yazmin was selected for the Widening the Lens’ 2017 scheme run by Encounters Film Festival where she received mentoring from industry professionals in the development of her script MERMAIDS. In 2018 to 2019, she was Assistant to Director Christian Schwochow on Series 3 of THE CROWN.