Liz Farahadi

Liz Farahadi

Festival Director

Liz is a Founder and Director of The Soho London Independent Film Festival. She run’s and oversees the development and the day to day operations of the Festival using it as a platform to support Filmmakers who tell stories that shine a light on important social and environmental issues. 

Liz is an actress & filmmaker. She has 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 has gone on to win multiple awards at Film Festivals around the world playing at prestigious BAFTA, OSCAR ,ACADEMY AWARD & BIFA nominating Film Festivals such as Los Angeles International Shorts, Rain Dance & The British Urban Film Festival.

Liz is currently starring in Jack James’s latest feature film, Wild Bones  and is now in preproduction with a feature film that she is making with Athena Mandis and Sonia Machado Hines. 

Liz is a strong advocate for using film as a way to tell important stories that shines a light on the disenfranchised and is delighted that alongside her own journey as a filmmaker she is able to support filmmakers through the Soho London Independent Film Festival. 

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Stephen Kearney

Stephen Kearney

Founder

Stephen is an actor, writer, musician and producer. 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.

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.

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.

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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Ellie Bridge

Ellie Bridge

Production Assistant

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

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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. 

Charlotte Atkinson

Charlotte Atkinson

Communications

Charlotte Atkinson is a producer and the filmmaker’s career coach, helping independent filmmakers create their own films with confidence and ease

After training in theatre, Charlotte switched to producing film and radio after studying on the BFI Academy

She now runs Charlotte Produces, a coaching company working with independent filmmakers and Our Daughter Productions, a production company making films about dreamers who dare to do things differently

As part of producing and coaching, Charlotte has extensive experience crafting and managing social media accounts and campaigns

Working with Charlotte has resulted in getting discovered by producers in one tweet (ask her how!) and increasing number of accounts reached by 67,690%

When she’s not on Zoom or editing pitch decks, you can find her in the local bookshop with a strong cappuccino in hand

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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.

Hester Yang

Hester Yang

Filmmaker

We are delighted to have Hester join us as part of the programming team.

Hester is an aspiring filmmaker with a particular interest in documentaries and visual storytelling. She has worked on a commissioned audio documentary piece as part of the BBC New Creatives as well as a number of short films.

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.

John Higgins

John Higgins

Film Journalist and Film Critic.

We are delighted to have John join us as the SOHOLIFF film critic. He will be writing reviews for our filmmakers and interviewing them.

John Higgins is an actor, journalist and screenwriter.
John began his career as an Assistant at Colstar, before moving on to working as an Assistant, then Projectionist for the British Board of Film Classification.

During this period, he also trained part-time
as both an Actor with the Actor’s Theatre School and as a Screenwriter with Euroscript, graduated in
2012 with Professional Screenwriting qualifications.
Since October 2015 he has been a Contributing Writer to various film websites including Cinema Jam, Starburst magazine and most visibly, Film and TV Now, where he has helped promote some of the most exciting independent film-makers, some of whom have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short.

In addition, he is resident Film Expert for the Vialucci Podcast.

His latest project is as a co-writer and co-producer on the upcoming horror mystery short, TORCH HEAD, which is to be directed by David Fussell (MYSTIC DEMON KILLER). He has also been Press Co-ordinator for the hugely successful online Paris International Film Festival 2021.

In addition, he is part of the extensive independent UK film-making network, including a Member of the London Screenwriter’s Festival community, Cine Circle and Cinebooth. He has been a long-term member of BAFTA since 2003 and Member of the Moving Image Society since 1996