INTRODUCING: WSFF 18 Judging Panel


Introducing our judging panel for 2018:

Mark Crane:
''Desire, dereliction and a sense of just being outside, on the fringe of something beautiful or dark that echoes in our lives, sometimes we peek through the crack and sometimes we dive in'' Director and writer Mark Crane of Theatre On Wax produces theatre, film and installation work.Born in Watford in 1969, Mark Studied fine art in Hertfordshire and special effects in America.   He has worked on numerous films including Labyrinth, Judge Dredd and Nightbreed.find out more at www.theatreonwax.com

Shaun Clark:
Shaun Clark is an award winning Filmmaker based in London. He studied animation at the National Film and Television School in the UK. In 2016 he won the London Short film festival and has also won prizes at Clermont Ferrand and the Melies d'Argent prize. His work is BAFTA nominated and he was part of the Olivier award winning team on the Sam Mendes  show Charlie and the chocolate factory.

Retrospectives of his work have been screened in South Korea and Greece. Shaun is a Director at the animation collective Mew Lab

Kim Noce:
Kim Noce is an Italian Artist & Filmmaker resident in UK. Her work has been screened in hundreds international film festivals, displayed in art galleries, broadcasted in major TV channels and won several prizes around the world.

In the last ten years  Kim has directed and animated eight independent short films for the festival circuit, seven-commissioned short films from funders such as the BBC, Channel 4, HLF and the BFI. She have also created ten animated installation/performance pieces one of which was included at a group show at Tate Britain.
Alongside her personal films and research she works for the commercials & broadcast industry. She has been commissioned work as a Director, Animation Director, 2D animator and compositor on series of productions such as: a BAFTA nominated TV series for the BBC; five large scale animate theatre projections for the Weinstein co and Warner Bros; several commercials, idents and countless corporate animation pieces
Since 2005 she co-created the collective www.mewlab.com  

Kim is currently the course leader of MA animation at LCC and an Animation Lecturer at the NFTS, and holds master classes around the world. She holds am MA in Animation from the NFTS and a BA in Fine Art from BRERA Accademia di Belle art in Milan.
She has also been a festival jury member at LIAF (2014),  IndieAnifest Seoul Korea (2013), Bethere Corfu (2015) and at the British Animation Awards, London (2016).

Debbie Attwell:
Debbie Attwell is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker, with an eye for quirky cinema.

As producer she has helmed several award-winning feature films ranging from horror to comedy, all of which have been screened worldwide and released on DVD and Blu-Ray. She was Director of Photography on a
comedy web series; and as writer & director she has had her short films screened at major film festivals and broadcast on national television.

As well as her successful film career, Debbie’s heart lies in photography, covering most types, but currently specialising in behind-the-scenes candids and children's portraits. She is currently 
producing a ten-part television series for release in early 2018.

Alan Ronald:
Alan Ronald is a filmmaker, writer, and comedian.

Originally from Glasgow, where he studied Film and Television production, Alan now resides in Watford. After working extensively as a Director Of Photography, he has gone on write and and direct several award-winning feature films of varying genres, which have had commercial DVD and Blu-ray releases in the UK, Germany, USA and beyond.

As a writer Alan has written for a Doctor Who book, and more recently penned a Dark Shadows audio play for Big Finish Productions. Alongside film-making, Alan is a well-loved comedian, performing regular live shows, and running an alternative comedy night in Watford.

He is currently working for Progress Wrestling as a ringside cameraman and content creator, and is busy writing and directing a 10-part television series for them, to be released in early 2018.

Sarah Priestley:
Current Arts and Heritage manager for Watford Borough Council, involved in the delivery of a number of cultural events. Curator of Watford Museum, a fully accredited museum by the Arts Council and Visit England, she has trebled visitor figures in a decade. Also she was the curator of 'Goal-den Years', the largest exhibitions in the museum's history, on Watford Football Club.

Co-lead on Heritage Lottery Funded restoration of St Mary's Churchyard listed tombs
Executive Producer on Nest of Stone, a short film that premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Has worked closely and accompanied local filmmakers to film festivals across the UK.
Project lead on Watford Junction Diverse Heritage Project
Co-editor of 'You Are My Watford' book on Watford Football Club
Associateship of the Museums Association and Management qualification with the Chartered Management Institute

Watford Borough Council awards for innovation and team work. Shortlisting for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in first Creative Hertfordshire Awards
Successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the first phase of a £2.2m transformation of Watford Museum, also a Member of the Watford Cultural Leaders and chair of the Big Word Fest.

Terry Butler:
Terry Butler has written on film, including for film journals Movie and Sight & Sound. He has also lectured on film, most recently at Film Nite in Soho and previously in Workers Educational Association classes co-funded by the British Film Institute. His interests are wide-ranging, covering aspects of Hollywood, European and Asian cinema - as well as early silent films. He has a background in European Studies and has been involved in European Union media policy.

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