Jody has been working in the film exhibition industry for over 6 years. She also runs Ffresh, which hosts a student film awards and co-ordinates the BFI Film Academies in South Wales. She is also involved with the Iris Prize Festival as events co-ordinator and production assistant on their short films.
Jamie is an experienced Marketing and Events Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the creative arts sector. Skilled in project management and online marketing with a 1st division Bachelor of Arts (BA) focused in Events Management from Southampton Solent University.
After years of managing charity shops, Kate didn’t get creative until middle age. In the 2nd year of her media degree in 2012, she met Jody Tozer and decided to set up Cardiff Mini Film Festival as a grassroots event. She has completed an MA in Art and Design and is a self-proclaimed fan of Coronation Street, Bargain Hunt, cemeteries, conspiracy theories and of course – film.
Tom is a presenter, producer, actor and voice-artist – most recently seen in CBS Reality series ‘Voice of a Killer’. He was lead co-presenter on the Made Television network and co-hosted the nightly live magazine programme ‘The Crunch’ for Made in Cardiff. He has also presented the Cardiff Music Awards in both 2017 and 2018, the Iris Prize awards in 2018 and previously hosted a weekly live film news and reviews programme for Radio Cardiff.
Boyd is best known as the star of the hugely successful BBC Wales sitcom Satellite City (which he also co-wrote). He also starred and co-wrote sitcom High Hopes and had a role in cult welsh film Twin Town. Boyd has also released two music albums and an autobiography ‘Kisses Sweeter Than Wine’.
Burnt Orange Media create promotional and social media content for the industry but also regularly produce work with voluntary and Community based projects. They provided our promotional videos for the festival in 2017 and we look forward to their participation in this years festival.
With twenty six years experience, Helen has worked extensively in the animation industry, firstly joining the BBC as a production co-ordinator and then as an assistant for the Cardiff International Animation Festival. Joining Aardman in 1993, she established herself within production and was approached by S4C to produce two ‘World Faith’ animated films.
Filmmaker and sexual astronaut, James Plumb’s films have been terrorising supermarket shelves in the UK, Europe and the US. His first feature had the honour of being the most torrented film on the interweb on the month of its release. Mad Science Films are currently in post production on their fourth and fifth feature films, ‘Little Monster’ and ‘Emojis of Horror’. James is also a writer based in South Wales, where life is cheap.
Naomi is a Filmmaker and videographer with a background in performing and facilitating, with over 10 years’ experience as an actress. She’s produced both online broadcasting content as well as short films, documentaries and Music videos.
She completed her masters at The London Film school where she graduated as a Director.
Ryan is a BAFTA Cymru winning DOP, that shoots feature films. He’s just finished shooting the feature films ‘Good Posture’ (Dolly Wells), ‘The Fight’ (Jessica Hynes), ‘A Winter Love’ (Rhiana Yazzie), ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ (Jamie Adams) & ‘Love Spreads’. Recent feature titles include the critically acclaimed & BIFA nominated ‘Prevenge’ (Alice Lowe) & ‘Black Mountain Poets’ (Jamie Adams). Ryan’s work has screened on Television & at SXSW, Toronto, Venice & BFI London Film Festivals.
As a film director and producer, Paul’s work focuses on people who challenge the status quo. In 2015 he founded Velvet Joy Productions, an independent studio based in Brighton, with the aim of exploring the lives and work of individuals who have been neglected, marginalised or misrepresented by mainstream media.
Aleksandra (Nikolajev) Jones is Choreographer, Director, and Producer.
Aleksandra produced for theatre, television, and film. Working with new
talents, mentoring and coaching she is also working with international
and local filmmakers, writers, directors, and production companies.
She is a co-director and creative producer of The Republic of the Imagination – a Charity and European network of organizations that are developing CoArts Context Oriented Arts, Film, and Dance.
Berwyn started sharing LGBT+ films with audiences in 1989 when he established the first International film festival in Wales. In 2006 he established the Iris Prize – at £30,000 the world’s largest LGBT short film prize presented annually during the Iris Prize Festival in Cardiff. The festival is recognized by Bafta as an “A” list festival. In 2018 Iris was identified for the fourth year as one of the top 50 film festivals in the world by Movie Maker Magazine. He is regularly asked to talk about film and LGBT+ issues on TV and radio.
Steve is a film producer and director, he is most recently known for his documentary about Chris Seivey, called Being Frank. His previous films have won awards internationally. He is best known for his short film A Heap Of Trouble, a musical about naked men, which won the grand jury prize at the Montreal Comedy Festival, a BAFTA Cymru for Best Short Film, and has screened at over 100 film festivals around the world.
James Button is a filmmaker specialising in writing and directing, and also editing, producing and has some acting experience. He studied Film & Video BA (Hons.) at Newport Film School and now has his own film production company- State Of Flow.
Films James has worked on have won 31 awards and been nominated and screened at over 70 international film festivals and competitions.
Sarah Bridgeman has been performing stand up all over the UK and has a warm and friendly style, her material is utterly relatable. She is a homegrown South Wales talent, a likeable girl next door figure, with a bit of bite. She is a regular guest commentator on Radio Wales and a finalist in the Welsh Unsigned Standup Comedy Awards. “Funny quirky and instantly likeable” Ffandango Comedy Club “Always a hit with our audience” – Dolly Chicken Comedy.
We are very grateful to the following people who formed our pre-judging panel for the 2019 festival:
Craig Huntley, Craig Lewis, Evie Honer, Grant Vidgen, Jamie McKee, Katie White, Louise Lynch, Marc Anthony, Rhiannan Falshaw-Skelly, Tash Horton, Tom Wardley, Will Smith, Luke Davies, John Lomond, Amy Grant, Harrison Williams, Chris Thompson, Graham Neale, Claire Vaughan, Thomas Rees, Tom Selway, Jamie Williams