PRODUCTION TEAM

JODY TOZER

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

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.

KATE CHESSON

FESTIVAL PRODUCER

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.  

THOMAS ANTHONY EVANS

FESTIVAL ASSISTANT

 

Thomas is a presenter/producer most recently seen on Made in Cardiff. He has also presented the Cardiff Music Awards in both 2017 and 2018, and previously hosted a weekly live film news and reviews programme for Radio Cardiff.

KIRSTEN JONES

PATRON

Kirsten is a writer and actress whose credits include BBC Wales sitcom High Hopes, television movie Brewers Droop and the film short Sorrow.

BOYD CLACK

PATRON

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’.

MIKE PARKER

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Mike is a multi-award winning producer having worked on documentaries Goddodin and Silent Village, welsh sitcom Satellite City, the international hit A Mind to Kill and the feature films Rancid Aluminium, I Know You Know and 7Lives. 

DAN HARRIS

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Dan is the director of Focus Shift Films. The Cwmbran-based production company whose projects include feature Dying Light, documentary Save Our Male Voice Choirs and film short Disable/Enable.

MEDIA CONTRIBUTORS

CHRIS HARRENDENCE

ILLUSTRATOR

 

Chris is a freelance illustrator who is providing artwork for festival marketing. 

BURNT ORANGE MEDIA

VIDEO FOOTAGE

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.

QUIET MARAUDER

MUSIC

Describing themselves as “Lo-fi, bedroom, record-baiting anti-folk – organically grown in Wales”, this Cardiff band have provided music to our promos. We love their sound and hope you love them too.

HOSTS

CARRI MUNN

 

We’re delighted to welcome the truly talented comedian Carri Munn who will be hosting various screenings on Saturday 23rd.

CHRIS CHOPPING

On board as host this year, the unique comedy stylings of Chris Chopping who’ll be around on Saturday 23rd.

JAMES DUNN

Be sure to keep your eye out for James Dunn hosting on Sunday 24th -he does jokes! 

MATT TROY

 

If you’re in The Bootlegger on Sunday 24th, say hey to our comedian host Matt Troy. Lovely guy!

SARAH BREESE

Ruling the roost on Saturday AND Sunday is the fabulous comedian Sarah Breese – not to be missed.

SIÂNNY THOMAS

Hailing from Port Talbot, Siânny Thomas’s comedy relates to relatives and having relations, chronicles chronic conditions, Welsh witticisms and tea. Siânny is also a contributor for BBC Wales’ Social Media Channel, BBC Sesh.

JUDGING PANEL

LENNY ABRAHAMSON

ONE MINUTE WONDER

Lenny is a highly regard director of film and television hailing from Dublin. The list of award winning feature films he has directed includes ‘Adam & Paul’, ‘Garage’, ‘What Richard Did’ and ‘Frank’. One of his most successful films includes critically acclaimed, ‘Room’ which was nominated for four Academy Awards.

LAUREN ORME

ANIMATION

 

Lauren is an award-winning animated short film director based in Cardiff, and is Director of Cardiff Animation Festival and Cardiff Animation Nights. Lauren writes, directs and animates independent short films, and projects for clients including Channel 4, ITN, BBC3, the National Theatre and the Globe Theatre.

JOANNA WRIGHT

COMMUNITY

Joanna is a filmmaker and creative producer from North Wales. Her work has been screened internationally, including at the Institute for Contemporary Art, The BFI, British Council, Channel 4, BBC, and on the side of a medieval castle. She’s also worked as a designer on award winning feature films, TV and theatre, based in New York.

SIAN HARRIES

COMEDY

 

Sian is an experienced narrative and sketch writer and script editor.
Credits include ‘The Now Show’, ‘Dilemma’, co-writer on the Channel 4 Greg Davies sitcom ‘Man Down’, Rhod Gilbert’s ‘Back to Llanbobl’ and Sony Award winning radio show ‘Here Be Dragons’.

Sian also created and wrote the Hefin a Liz comedy series, which was shown as part of S4C’s Hwb programmes and starred Isy Suttie (Peep Show) and Elis James (8 out of 10 Cats). She is currently developing a new original comedy series for television.

JAMES PLUMB

TWISTED TALES

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.

JENNIFER SHERIDAN

MUSIC

 

Jennifer Sheridan began her career as a TV comedy editor, cutting shows like ‘The League of Gentlemen’ and ‘Gogglebox’. Having directed a number of award-winning short films, she broke into the world of commercials & music videos, gaining a nomination for Best New Director at the D&AD Awards 2017. She is now in development on a digital series and gearing up to shoot her debut feature later this year.

PHILIP JOHN

BIG SPENDER SHORT FICTION

Philip John is a multi award winning, and multi BAFTA nominated Welsh writer director. Philip’s first film, ‘Moon Dogs’, recently won the Jury Award for Best Film at the Newport Beach International Film Festival and Best First Feature at the ‘Galway Fleadh’.

RYAN EDDLESTON

FICTION

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.

PAUL SNG

FACTUAL

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.

BERWYN ROWLANDS

FEATURES

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.

CATRIN COOPER

FEMALE DIRECTOR

Catrin is the Executive Producer of ‘Alfred and Jakobine’, and Associate
Producer for ‘Honeytrap’, distributed by Ava DuVernay’s Array Now.
She launched #FilmHerStory, a viral campaign with director Lexi
Alexander, critic Miriam Bale and Shaula Evans, founder of The Blackboard. Production credits include ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’.

MOLLY COWDEROY

FFRESH FICTION

Molly Cowderoy has been the Programme Coordinator and Short Film Manager at Leeds International Film Festival for five years. LIFF is one of the UK’s largest film festivals with over 300 screenings and events, spread over 15 days in November. Molly works across the features programme as well as curating the Academy Award qualifying International Short Film Competition.

NERYS EVANS

FFRESH FACTUAL

Nerys Evans is an Executive Project Officer at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, working with the University to strengthen the capacity of content and digital industries in south-west Wales, including the new Canolfan S4C Yr Egin in Carmarthenshire. Before joining the University in 2013, Nerys worked as a Producer Director in factual and current affairs, including flagship productions ‘Byd ar Bedwar’ on S4C and ‘Wales This Week’ on ITV, achieving some of their highest annual ratings. Nerys is continuing to work with the University, focusing on opportunities within the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Region bid. Nerys is also the Chair of the new European funded Creative Carmarthenshire industry network.

HANNAH DANIEL

FFRESH EXPERIMENTAL

Hannah Daniel’s acting credits include Keeping Faith, Hinterland, Black Mountain Poets and S4C’s Gwaith/Cartref. Hannah is also a screenwriter known for her collaborations with Georgia Lee. Their original comedy series ‘Cardiff is the Capital of the World’ is in development with Vertigo Films, and their short film ‘Burial’/‘O Dad yn Deulu Dedwydd’ is being developed with Ffilm Cymru as part of this year’s Beacons scheme.

PRE-JUDGING PANEL

We are very grateful to the following people who formed our pre-judging panel for the 2018 festival:

Angharad Griffiths, Anna Burton, Craig Huntley, Craig Lewis, Daisy Gould, Damien Harvey, Emily Beynon, Evie Honer, Gareth Jamieson, Grant Vidgen, Jamie McKee, Katie White,
Kristian Kane, Lewis Carter, Lexx Oliver, Louise Lynch, Marc Anthony, Rhiannan Falshaw-Skelly, Ryan Thomas, Stephen Peckman, Tash Horton, Tom Gatley, Tom Wardley.

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