Liz Farahadi

Liz Farahadi

Festival Director & Founder

Liz is an Award Winning Actress. She has starred in a number of Award Winning Independent Films, Theatre Productions & Commercials, working with highly-acclaimed Directors such as Jeremy Wooding.

Also a Producer and writer, she Champions using Film to shine a light on the disenfranchised & is delighted that alongside her own journey she can support other Filmmakers through The SohoLIFF.

Vanessa Ayiku

Vanessa Ayiku

Festival Director

An experienced event producer/director and content editor, Vanessa worked on Herne Hill’s Free Film Festival, curating ‘shorts’ film nights for 5 years.  She’s passionate about bringing new talent to the forefront and new audiences to independent film.

Vanessa has over 20 years production experience in TV and entertainment, and currently mentors and assesses Media Apprentices across the UK.

She manages SohoLIFF’s content platforms and produces and directs studio interviews and the live awards show. 

Erik Moore

Erik Moore

Studio Manager at 01 zero one

Erik is a founder of the festival. An experienced sound engineer/designer and video editor who has worked on many short and feature length films including sound design for the Oscar long listed film “Beverley”.

He has managed 01zero-one, a centre for film and video creatives in Soho since 2010. He is about to release his second vinyl album with his band, an upside down tree.

He is the Studio/Technical Producer for SohoLIFF.

Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor

Studio Filming & StreamYard Producer

Matt has over 20 years experience as a filmmaker, covering scriptwriting, directing, camera,  lighting and editing. 

Matt was the co-wrote and co-directed on the award winning feature film The Warehouse,  that screened on London Live TV and Apple TV.

He has made over 10 short films including NASA & the Space Pen which screened at several international film festivals.

Matt runs FBH Films Ltd.

Steven Conner

Steven Conner

Head of Design

Steven is an experienced and passionate graphic designer. He is a Senior Designer at Sold Out Advertising, handling the UK’s top music campaigns.

He runs Conner Design and has created the brand, logo, animations, and illustration for the festival.

Andrea Speziale Bagliacca

Andrea Speziale-Bagliacca

Production Consultant

An award-winning TV Executive Producer, Andrea is passionate about content and has an impressive track record in making programmes for a global audience for over 20 years.

After years of working in the industry, most notably at Viacom and NBC, he is currently working in the third sector, mentoring and helping British youth get into the media industry.

Passionate about cinema, he produced ‘MTV Cinematic’ and ‘MTV @ the Movies’ for several years and is now delighted to working with SohoLIFF.

Lisa Page

Lisa Page


Lisa has been an integral part of the team and will be essential to the day-to-day running of this year’s festival and awards evening.

Lisa ran her own events business for 18 years specialising in large London-based corporate events and raised over £3 million for charity during that time.

Today she is working on the development stage of a start-up and freelances part-time in hospitality. Enthusiastic about stories being told, she has worked with 01 zero-one for over a decade producing content.


Melaina Pecorini

Melaina Pecorini

Production Coordinator

Melaina trained as an actor at East 15 Acting School and has toured with various theatre companies including Tangled Feet, Full House Theatre and Tramshed. She plans to tour again shortly.

Melaina’s amazing organisational skills were invaluable at the last live event and she’s now a fully-fledged and integral team member, as she expands her studio and technical experience.

Maxine Hahe

Maxine Haher

Assistant Producer

Maxine works in Production at ITV Daytime. She is across Good Morning Britain, Lorraine, This Morning and Loose Women. Maxine also works with the What’s onStage award-winning West End Musical Choir, coordinating their events and performances both in the UK and internationally.

Maxine joins the SohoLIFF team to help coordinate all our activities across the year on this ever expanding festival.


Inês Alves

Inês Alves

Production Assistant

Inês is an ambitious young Portuguese woman, who is currently working in London’s Film/TV industry. With experience in both accounts and as an Assistant Director, she hopes this can be the beginning of a successful path to becoming a Producer!

We are lucky to have her dedication and organisational skills for this year’s events.

Billy Herring

Billy Herring


Billy is a trained actor and made his West End debut in the musical ‘Common Threads’. He played the title role in M&M Theatrical production’s Peter Pan and the Ben Mayland role in the Musical ‘I Wish’.

Billy also wrote and starred in two award nominated short films – ‘Same Time Tomorrow’ & ‘Father Figure’ and worked with HiWire Entertainment on ‘The Grey Room’ and Essex Film Collective/Impala Films on ‘Cache’. He has just finished writing his first feature film, ‘The Volunteers’, currently in pre-production.

Simon Fernandez

Simon Fernandez

Photographer and Picture Editor

Simon is the festival photographer and picture editor based in London with a mind for music, portraiture, landscapes and events.


Our volunteers are:

John Higgins

Hester Yang

Zakariya (Zak) Khan

Aidan Rhode

Veronica Cowley

Alisha Kumar

Shiler Mahmoudi

Kate Woraker

Ashley Stanley