Stephanie Bamberg

Stephanie Bamberg

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Stephanie is a London based producer who has worked in Germany, Thailand, Los Angeles and New York.

Since her first major producing credit BLACK DEATH (with Eddie Redmayne), Stephanie has produced RETROSPECTIVE (with Charles Dance and the renowned cinematographer Michael Seresin from GRAVITY) 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 (the Production Guild of Great Britain), WIFTV (Women in Film and Television UK) and BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts).

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.

Kate Magowan

Kate Magowan

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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; Michael Winterbottom’s Cannes entry for 2002, ’24 Hr PARTY PEOPLE’ and the multi-award winning ‘IT’s ALL GONE PETE TONG.’  

She can currently be seen in the highly acclaimed,  ‘SPOTLESS’ on Netflix. As a producer, her first short was award winning EARLY DAYS, she has produced and acted in a series of comedy shorts called FAME DISEASE  – selected for the Comedy Guide Pro Talent Award, and has produced another short film,  JOEY,  coming soon.

 Kate is currently writing a tv drama that she has co-created, which is in development with The Kernel Factory.

Chris Michael Fretwell

Chris Michael Fretwell

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Chris Michael Fretwell launched his career by Writing & Directing his award winning short film The Pugilist’s Son, Exec Produced by Hollywood Producer Mark Stewart and starring Gary Stretch and Paul Barber.

Chris went onto be 2nd Unit Director on the British Crime film, The London Firm, starring Vincent Regan (300, Snow White & the Huntsman).

Chris has directed over 200 Actors Show-reels and written over 10 screenplays in the arena of training for a life in the film trade and 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 and other international celebrities.

Selena Armoudon

Selena Armoudon

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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

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Paul is a Director of Pear Partnership Ltd.(US/UK) with a specific interest in the TV and Film Industry and its future.
 
He has 30 years of global, national and local leadership experience. An economic development thought leader and practitioner, he is transforming the challenges of climate and social change into financial, economic, and employment opportunities for people and 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

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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 as well as producing a number of films through her university production unit Mile end films (2011-2016) 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.

Her short film script Fox was shortlisted for both the Blue Cat and Shore Script writing competitions (2017).

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

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Joe Ferrera was born in Lisbon, Portugal and brought up in London, England, where he still lives and works. 

He was trained in the art of acting at The Lee Strasberg Institute, New York. 
His training is, like his life, ongoing, so the Meisner technique, as taught by Jean Fennel, has also been added to his understanding of the acting craft. 

Joe has starred in and produced numerous plays including Danny in “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea“, Brandon in “Rope”, Charlie Fox in “Speed The Plow“, Micheal in “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me“, Rosto in  “The Potato Eaters“,  Felix in “The Bed Before Yesterday“, Ivan in  “Apartment 2012” and he’s also played Aouda Abu Tayi in a Theatrical adaptation of “Lawrence of Arabia“.

Joe has featured in a number of TV shows including London’s Burning, Ultimate Force, Crisis Control, Rosemary & Thyme and Benidorm.

His work on feature film includes “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote“, Terry Gilliam’s incomplete masterpiece, from which grew the award winning “Lost in La Mancha”, “A Place to Stay” dir. Marcus Thompson, “Love, Actually” dir Richard Curtis,