Stephanie Bamberg

Stephanie Bamberg

Judge

Stephanie is a London based producer who has worked all over the world.

Since her first major producing credit BLACK DEATH, Stephanie has produced RETROSPECTIVE, and LITTLE FAVOUR with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Prior to developing and producing her own projects, Stephanie worked on Hollywood and independent films including THOR 2, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, WORLD WAR Z, MALEFICENT, MORTDECAI, LOCKE, 6 DAYS and SKYFALL.

Stephanie is a member of PGGB, WIFTV and BAFTA. She has been an official guest of the Beijing International Film Festival, a jury member for the PGGB Rising Star Award and a jury member for the WIFTV’s Deluxe Director Award.

Steve Montgomery

Steve Montgomery

Judge

Steve trained as a drama cameraman with Thames Television before travelling the world filming news for ITN and then SKY. He was awarded the Gulf Medal as one of three embedded British military cameramen in Operation Desert Storm.

Eventually, questioning the likelihood of remaining an incident-free war veteran, he started Creation Company Films, who produce documentaries and TV commercials for every major broadcaster and Advertising Agency. Their clients range from the Rolling Stones and the RAF Red Arrows, to UPS and British Airways.

A cinematography judge for both BAFTA, and Griersons, he has a wealth of experience in filming and judging shorts and features.

Daria Polunina

Daria Polunina

Judge

Daria has a diverse background and has seen the film production process from different angles and stages.   She has been working with Soho’s most recognised Post Production House Molinare for over 6 years now and has been on their Board of Directors for over 4 years. 

Daria is also an Executive Producer of an independent British comedy feature LOVE TYPE D, starring Maeve Dermody and Tovah Feldshuh, which premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival in summer 2019.

Kate Magowan

Kate Magowan

Judge

Kate has worked extensively across both Film and Television, enjoying leading roles in large studio pictures, small independent films and award winning tv dramas.

Her most notable projects were ‘STARDUST’, with Michelle Pfieffer and Robert de Niro; Cannes entry for 2002, ’24 Hr PARTY PEOPLE’ and the award winning ‘IT’S ALL GONE PETE TONG.’  

She can currently be seen in ‘SPOTLESS’ on Netflix. As a producer, her first short was EARLY DAYS. She has produced and acted in a series of comedy shorts selected for the Comedy Guide Pro Talent Award. Kate is currently writing a tv drama which is in development.

Chris Michael Fretwell

Chris Michael Fretwell

Judge

Chris Michael Fretwell launched his career by Writing & Directing his award winning short film The Pugilist’s Son. Chris went on to be 2nd Unit Director on the British Crime film, The London Firm, starring Vincent Regan.

Chris has directed over 200 Actors Show-reels and written over 10 screenplays in preparation for a life in the film trade. He is now writing professionally on a slate of feature films and series with producers and investors.

Chris is currently writing and directing a feature documentary about former Strong Man, Eddie Hall, featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Selena Armoudon

Selena Armoudon

Judge

Selina Armoudon is an actress, writer and producer. She is compelled to tell stories that explore people’s negative behaviour, with a primary focus on women and race often highlighted in comedic and distinct way.

She has starred in National TV commercials and International independent films.  

Her recent work for theatre includes an anti-love story called LISA & LUCA which was funded by Arts Council.

It explores love and sex addiction between an inter-racial couple based in London.

Paul Carroll

Paul Carroll

Judge

Paul is a Director of Pear Partnership Ltd, with a specific interest in the TV and Film Industry.

He has 30 years of global, and local leadership experience. An economic development thought leader. He is transforming the challenges of climate and social change into financial, economic, and employment opportunities for people and the planet.

This work is based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Environment, Social and Governance  parameters.  

Operated at senior executive levels in governmental and private sector organisations including Washington DC; Boston MA; Newport RI; People’s Republic of China; Taiwan; UK.

Athena Mandis

Athena Mandis

Judge

Athena is an award-winning filmmaker and a Lecturer in Film Practice at QMUL, whose journey began in theatre with the David Glass Ensemble.

She has directed seven short films and three feature documentaries. Her work has screened at festivals world-wide. 

Her feature film script Xenos won best script at Cyprus IFF 2018 and was selected onto the Torino Film Lab 2019 and shortlisted for Sundance Screenwriters Lab 2021.

She is currently in post-production with two short films Losing Grace, and Daughter  and with a documentary on Cypriot Migration.  She is also developing two features: Xenos and Polly.

 

Joe Ferrera

Joe Ferrera

Judge

Joe Ferrera was trained in the art of acting at The Lee Strasberg Institute, New York. 

Joe has starred in and produced numerous plays including Danny in “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea,” Charlie Fox in “Speed The Plow“, Micheal in “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” and he’s also played Aouda Abu Tayi in a Theatrical adaptation of “Lawrence of Arabia“.

Joe has featured in many TV shows including London’s Burning, Ultimate Force, Rosemary & Thyme and Benidorm.

His work on feature films includes “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote“, Terry Gilliam’s incomplete masterpiece, from which grew the award winning “Lost in La Mancha” and “Love, Actually” dir Richard Curtis