Liz Farahadi

Liz Farahadi

Festival Director

Liz is a Director and founder of the festival.

Liz Farahadi’s starred in a number of independent films, theatre productions & commercials, working with highly-acclaimed directors such as Jeremy Wooding.

 
She wrote & starred in the multi award winning film Love and Other Stuff & then teamed up with award winning director Athena Mandis to make, Losing Grace which she has been nominated for Best Actor in, at the prestigious L’Hospitalet – Barcelona International Film Festival. 

Liz is currently starring in Jack James’s latest feature film, Wild Bones which will be out later this year. 
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Stephen Kearney

Stephen Kearney

Festival Director

Stephen is an actor, writer, musician and producer. In 2019 he starred in “Our Father” by Jacob Watkinson, which has been nominated in 5 festivals for acting and direction. He is currently recording a new album with his band and writing for a TV Series.

A founder of the festival he hopes this project articulates people’s hopes, concerns and aspirations and opens up opportunities  in the industry to many more people. His life work has been about transformation for the sake of people and planet. He longs for the industry to deliver vital messages through entertainment into people’s lounges. Stephen advises social and environmental impact investors having led a regeneration charity for 20 years.

Erik Moore

Erik Moore

Studio Manager

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.

Julia Olsen

Julia Olsen

Festival Director

Julia is a screenplay writer and executive producer. She is a founder of the festival because of her expertise and experience in community engagement and the impact arts.

She is a director of Pear Partnership Ltd and advisor to social and environmental impact investors and has been a development director of a regeneration charity for 20 years.

Vanessa Ayiku

Vanessa Ayiku

Live Events Producer/Director & Content Editor

An established content editor and producer for over 20 years Vanessa has also worked on Herne Hill’s Free Film Festival from 2014, curating ‘shorts’ film nights with guests and Q&A. She’s passionate about bringing new talent to the forefront and new audiences to independent film.

She’s worked on content creation for the SohoLIFF film platforms, as well as producing and directing studio interviews and the live awards show.

Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor

Studio filming and StreamYard Organisation

Matt has 15 years experience in filmmaking covering scriptwriting, directing, camera and lighting.

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

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

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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

 

 

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Andrea Speziale-Bagliacca

Andrea Speziale-Bagliacca

Production Consultant

Award winning TV Executive Producer, passionate about content with 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, helping and mentoring British Youth get into the Media Industry.

Passionate about Cinema, Produced ‘MTV Cinematic’ and ‘MTV @ the Movies’ for several years and now delighted to help Soho LIFF.

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Rachel Samuel

Press and Talent Manager

Rachel’s beginnings as a journalist fuelled her investigative and exploratory approach to life, working for various Fairfax and APN titles in New Zealand. Her experiential and hands-on approach to her work led her to discover SCUBA diving; subsequently adopting it as a profession and founding an online community for thousands of divers. This led to a number of marine conservation-related projects, seminars, expeditions and writing commissions.

 

Diving deeper with her interests in the environment and natural world, she became an advocate for its preservation before taking leading roles in media and communications in the small charity sector in the UK. Rachel has instigated and collaborated on projects pivotal to the progress of human rights and worked in in remote rainforest locations. Taking an active and immersive role in these projects, she produced animations and films on location on shoestring budgets and to tight timelines.

Calling on her rich and varied experiences storytelling over the years, Rachel heads up the production and creative sides of Make Some Noise, a film production social enterprise she runs with her partner, Nick.

Melaina Pecorini

Production & Social Media Assistant and Researcher

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. 

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Inês Alves

Production Assistant

Inês is a ambitious young Portuguese woman, who is currently working in London as an Accounts Assistant for Film/TV, as the beginning of her path in this industry!

We are lucky to have her dedication and organisation skills for this year’s activities.

Ellie Bridge

Ellie Bridge

Production Assistant

Ellie is a festival Production Assistant working on Social Media, public relations and editing.

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.