Abigail has worked under the auspices of some of the UK’s most celebrated documentary producers on a range of creative features for cinema in various Associate roles. She is also an Archive Producer. After a brief diversion into documentary distribution, she spent a year working in New Business development at Passion Pictures and is now producing independently. Working closely alongside the programming team, she is Otherfield's Festival Producer.
Creative features for cinema and specialist factual singles for television include: LIVING THE WAR ON TERROR (BBC STORYVILLE, in production) THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT (BBC STORYVILLE) MARADONA '86 (ESPN) LANCE ARMSTRONG STOP AT NOTHING (BBC STORYVILLE, ABC) THE UNTOLD STORY OF 007 (MGM) TUBULAR BELLS: THE MIKE OLDFIELD STORY (BBC4)
Asher is an Israeli filmmaker who is based in London since the beginning of the millennium. He is an Israeli Academy Award Winner, currently named Ophir (Don't Touch my Holocaust, 150min, 1994) whose films have been shown in the Berlinale, Montreal FF, Hamptons FF, Chicago FF, Hollywood FF and many others. A retrospective of 20 (out of over 50) of Asher’s films was screened all over Israel in 2010, among them Galoot (100min, 2003, Excellence Award, Infinity, Turin FF), My Yiddishe Mama’s Dream’ (62min, 1999), and his trilogy All The Lonely People (180min, 1990, Wolgin Award Jerusalem FF). Asher has been the screenwriter, editor and director of most of his films. Asher edited more than 100 films and co-produced more than 30 documentary, fiction and animation films and series. As Associate Producer he was shortlisted for the Oscars (Sidney Turtelbaum, 2009) and nominated for the BAFTAs (Samuel-613, 2016)
A regular session producer at Quadrangle Film Festival, Barney Snow originally studied fine art before moving into documentary. He produced and directed the BBC's Trawlermen, Can't Take it With You and Sweet Sixteen amongst others for TV before moving over to creative features. His first feature, Some Day I'll Find You screened at the Quadrangle in 2013. He is currently directing a series on Art Dealing.
Dominique is documentary producer, now working freelance. For many years she was a Commissioning Producer for Al Jazeera English, sourcing commissions and co-productions from Africa and the Middle East for the “Witness” observational documentary slot. The subject matter of these covered a wide range of issues, always focussing on the human story of ordinary people caught up in the day’s big events. An important part of her role at AJE was mentoring young, and first-time, regional documentary makers. At Otherfield, she will be leading a workshop discussing successful contracting.
Caroline has a background as a fine artist. She studied Documentary Direction at the National Film and Television School in the UK. Caroline directed award winning Walking Backwards, screening at international festivals. She has made films with people on the edges of society, including women banished to witch camps, refugees looking for a sense of belonging, and recovering mental health patients. She is inspired by stories of isolated people who refuse to lose sight of their dreams.
Celia is Creative Producer & Programmer of the Opin Yu Yi Film Festival - Sierra Leone's Only Human Rights Film Festival. She is currently leading in the production planning of Opin Yu Yi Waka Waka - a travelling version of the film festival, bringing cinema to remote locations across Sierra Leone.
Chloe graduated from St Martin’s School of Art in 1991, and practiced and exhibited as a painter for several years before moving into video art, and then finally documentary film. She has always been motivated by social issues, and has usually found personal subjects to tell bigger stories about social politics and injustice, both at home and abroad.
Films include Mario and Nini 2008, The Do Gooders 2011 and Jungle Sisters 2014. Chloe has been involved with programming at QFF and Otherfield since its birth in 2011.
Jade is a freelance multimedia journalist and filmmaker. Stylistically, she is interested in fusing together artistic practice with conventional news journalism. Recently, she screened the first short documentary she directed at the British Film Institute and is regularly contributing to Dazed & Confused. She has also written for i-D magazine, Refinery29, the Debrief, Index on Censorship and the Huffington Post. She is currently completing her Masters in Documentary Filmmaking at Goldsmiths University.
She is also one of the founders of Eye Want Change, a mobile movie making competition that has collaborated and takenover the digital studio at the Tate.
Jason Massot was born in London. He has made more than 25 documentaries for British and American television. He has also made two independent feature documentaries, Seafarers and Road to Las Vegas. His films have screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Sheffield International Documentary Festival and IDFA. Road to Las Vegas had a theatrical release at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Jason is currently working on his first fiction project.
John Mister is a reluctant film editor. While failing to do all the other things he wanted to do, he cut films for some notable documentary makers, including; Nick Broomfield (Driving Me Crazy, The Leader, His Driver and the Driver's Wife); Kim Longinotto (Dream Girls, Shinjuku Boys); Witold Starecki (Dog Eat Dog, Going Straight); Mat Whitecross (Moving To Mars); Laura Fairrie (The Battle for Barking); Sarah McCarthy (The Dark Matter of Love). He’s still trying to give it up.
Jessie Teggin joined Publica in 2012 to coordinate and curate film projects across both the consultancy and CIC. Since joining the team she has produced and curated films and built partnerships with film festivals, educational organisations and filmmakers with a particular interest in communicating ideas around cities and urban change. Jessie has twelve years experience working in film and events. She is additionally Associate Director of the Open City Documentary Film Festival, Director of the Quadrangle Film Festival and Project Manager of The Quadrangle Trust.
Jim Dummett has been producing film events since 2009, ranging from the mud-splattered fields of Glastonbury, pop-ups in London, film festivals such as London Short Film Festival, Open City Doc Fest, and Branchage Jersey, and delivering touring programmes to major venues Watershed Bristol and FACT Liverpool.
Prior to his work in cinema, Jim was a online editor and broadcast technician working on documentaries for BBC, ITV and Discovery.
Juliet apprenticed and worked as a traditional wooden boat builder on the coast of Maine, USA for twelve years making films about traditional craftsmen on the side. She returned to the UK for her MA in Documentary Direction at The National Film & Television School. Her graduation film, Noah’s Canoe (2011) follows a transgender boatbuilder as he finds his place as a man in a family of his own. Her next film, Ecocide - Voices from Paradise (2014) explores the impact of the 2010 BP oil spill on a small island off the coast of Louisiana. Since doing the festival circuit the film is being used in education and by advocates of Ecocide law. Juliet enjoys mentoring young filmmakers and has taught on NFTS's Summer Docs course and also at UCL.
Keith is a film curator and founder/director of Africa at the Pictures, a festival of African cinema based in London. He is a programme adviser to the London Film Festival and an advisory board member of the African Movie Academy Awards. He is also a jury member of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund which was set up to provide production and distribution support to projects from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia and the Caucasus
Internationally acclaimed director, Kim Longinotto is one of the pre-eminent documentary filmmakers working today, renowned for creating extraordinary human portraits and tackling controversial topics with sensitivity and compassion. Longinotto's films have won international acclaim and dozens of premiere awards at festivals worldwide.
Kristof Bilsen (Belgium) completed his Masters Documentary Direction at the National Film & TV School (UK). Aside his film practice, he works as cinematographer, editor and director for the performing arts. ELEPHANT'S DREAM, his first feature film about state workers in DR Congo is currently traveling festivals worldwide and along with his film practice, he is one of the 8 founding members of Kitchen Sink Collective. He runs Antwerp based production company Limerick Films as well as a community doc cinema in the city called WoodsDoc
Lasse Johansson is a self-shooting director/producer and course lecturer at the MA in Ethnographic & Documentary Filmmaking by Practice at University College London. With a background in Fine Art Lasse gradually moved into the documentary field by route of a long-term mixed media project at Haggerston Estate exploring issues around urban regeneration using photo installations, publications and filmmaking. After having spent some years working as a freelance self-shooter, editor and director Lasse now divides his time between his educational work at UCL and pursuing independent documentary projects.
Lisa is currently a freelance Production Manager working in London, She works for Superplex Pictures Ltd and has been widely involved with the following festivals: Find a Future, Quadrangle Film Festival, Open City Documentary Festival.
Laurence has worked for the festival — in its former incarnation — since 2012. With a background in Visual Anthropology, he has a particular interest in ethnographic and observational cinema. Aside from Otherfield, he works for Open City Documentary School at UCL and has recently worked for Open City Film Festival, the BFI and the Royal Anthropological Institute.
Leona Chaliha is a filmmaker and creative producer. She has worked with the BFI, the Barbican, The British Museum, Quadrangle film festival and more recently, the Aldeburgh Docfest and Open City Documentary Festival. Currently working on a film Lab from a disused railway arch in the depths of South London, she continues to work on a number of film projects in production.
Ludovica is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. She is also a researcher. Since 2007, her films have been screened internationally around the world. Both as a filmmaker and as a researcher, she is interested in the exploration of personal and collective memory, through the use of archive material and new media.
As a filmmaker, she has a particular affinity to character-based stories, often with a strong social and political background, which can reveal unique ways in which people explore their place in the world. She is also interested in collective storytelling and its power to bring changes about in society.
As a researcher, she is interested in the relationship between documentary cinema, interactive technologies and social change. She is particularly interested in interactive digital storytelling and the ‘post-cinematic’ experience, as well as relationship between media archaeology and digital studies.
Liz is an American director based in London whose documentary features have taken on subjects like the personality quirks of Irish racehorses, competitive debaters in Qatar, an American beauty school in Kabul, and the relationship between Bollywood and the underworld. They have been released in cinemas and broadcast around the world and noted for their humour and generosity.
From academia, to charity/media development sector now also including directing documentary film, Maha has had a varied background since moving to the UK from Lebanon 12 years ago. Maha is in charge of developing and running projects for the BBC’s international charity, BBC Media Action for Syria. These include a project she developed for Syrian refugees, which uses film to present information to them about their rights, and choices available to them. She is also producer of a radio drama, which will air on BBC Arabic this summer. Currently, Maha is helping run the workshop programme for Otherfield.
Matthew's background is in Internet marketing but is now focussed on sound and video art as a collaborator. He is highly technically competent and will be providing all the technical support and equipment for Otherfield.
Olly is a freelance documentary filmmaker, and known for his work in areas of conflict, winning such awards as an Emmy, two BAFTAs, an RTS, a Grierson and the Foreign Press Association award for Journalist of the year.
Documentaries include work within Channel 4’s flagship series Cutting Edge (including Confessions of a Traffic Warden and A Very British Storm Junkie). Critically acclaimed single films include My Child The Rioter, Mum and Dad are Splitting Up and The Teaboy of Gaza for the BBC, Battle Hospital for C4, and Ben: Diary of a Heroin Addict for Sky1). He also co-directed Rory Stewart's BAFTA-winning two part series on the history of foreign interventions in Afghanistan.
His film Syria: Across The Lines, documented life on both sides of a sectarian frontline in rural Syria, has won ten prestigious awards, including an Emmy, a BAFTA, an RTS and a Grierson. His series with Ross Kemp in the Middle East was nominated for the Grierson Award for Best Documentary Series 2010, and was shortlisted for a BAFTA and his film My Child The Rioter, was nominated for a Grierson Award for Best Documentary on a Contemporary Issue in 2012.
He has won a number of international awards, including the Foreign Press Association award for "Journalist of the Year", and is a recipient of the 2014 Peter McGhee Fellowship award,
Pauline's background is in Internet marketing but following a BA in Fine Art at Central St Martins, she became interested in the documentary style used in fine art. Her final degree work gained a first by using documentary style self-representation to highlight the problematic issues within the gentrification of King's Cross, London (see kxcommissions.com)
She now makes land sculpture and collaborative installations and supports Otherfield as its Production Manager on site at the festival.
Sandra is one of the four directors of BRITDOC Foundation where she has worked across all areas of the Foundation’s work since 2012. Previously she established London Fields Pictures and produced and EP’d a range of long form documentary work including multi-award winning Enemies of the People (dir. Rob Lemkin). From 2007-9 Sandra was Editor at More4, commissioning and acquiring for the True Stories documentary strand.
Kitchen Sink is a filmmaking collective founded by eight graduates of the National Film and Television School 2011 Documentary Directing class. They make films, teach and create events around the world (see kitchensinkfilms.com)