22 OCTOBER 2015   l   THE BREWERY, LONDON

Judges

The Screen Awards are judged by a panel of UK film industry heavyweights; including producers, distributors, marketers, executives and analysts, as well as a few Oscar and BAFTA winners. Find out more about our judges below. 

Rory AitkenRory Aitken
Rory Aitken is a producer and founding partner of management and production company 42. 42 represents an exciting roster of actors, writers and directors, including Michael Caine, Rhys Ifans, Nicholas Hoult, Rupert Friend, William Monahan, Darius Marder, Lynne Ramsay, Peter Cattaneo and Burr Steers. Prior to 42, Rory ran production company Between The Eyes with business partner Ben Pugh. Their first feature, Shifty, was nominated for a BAFTA and five BIFAs, won Best Screenplay at the UK Writers’ Guild Awards, and was named by Empire magazine as one of the best films of the year.
 
Efe CakarelEfe Çakarel
Efe Çakarel is the founder of MUBI, an innovative film streaming service, which he created in 2007 after discovering he couldn't watch In the Mood for Love in a café in Tokyo. Çakarel developed the video-on-demand platform, as a place for fellow film lovers to watch, discover and discuss the world’s greatest cinema. Since 2007, he has built a team across offices in London, San Francisco, Munich and Istanbul. Now available in over 200 countries, across a variety of devices, MUBI is a passport to the world of cinema, with a new hand-picked film being introduced to subscribers every day.
 
Sean Clarke AardmanSean Clarke
Sean Clarke is head of rights and brand development at Aardman. With over 17 years of experience in branded character franchise development Sean has created integrated campaigns across feature film, TV and digital platforms, and brand extensions into licensed merchandise and live events for characters including Wallace and Gromit, Creature Comforts and Timmytime. Most recently Sean was co-exec producer on  Shaun the Sheep and responsible for managing the global exploitation and development of the Shaun the Sheep brand. Sean was previously Licensing Director at Walt Disney Consumer products.
 
Christina De RienzoChristina De Rienzo
Christina De Rienzo is head of theatrical marketing at Curzon Artificial Eye. Beginning her career at Momentum Pictures, she went onto work for the production team at Deluxe Digital Studios before her love of independent and foreign language films led her to a role at Curzon Artificial Eye. Since joining Curzon Artificial Eye she has shaped the marketing campaigns for films such as Still Alice (the highest grossing release for the company), Two Days, One Night, Wild Tales, Ida, Force Majeure and Nymphomaniac.
 
Finola DwyerFinola Dwyer
Finola Dwyer is an Oscar and multi BAFTA award winning film and television producer. She runs Wildgaze Films with her producing partner Amanda Posey. Their upcoming film Brooklyn, premiered at Sundance and sold to Fox Searchlight after a fierce bidding war. Their feature documentary, My Nazi Legacy, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival to great acclaim and will be released in the UK & US. Finola’s previous producer credits include An Education, for which she received an Oscar nomination; BAFTA-winning Tsunami: The Aftermath; Emmy-nominated The Hamburg Cell; and BAFTA-winning Backbeat. Finola is a former Chair of the BAFTA Film Committee.
 
Charles GantCharles Gant
Charles Gant has been the film editor and film critic of Heat magazine since its launch, and is UK critic for Screen International. Charles writes two weekly analyses of UK box-office (for theguardian.com and the BFI Film Audience Network) and two monthly columns for the industry section of Sight & Sound magazine. He discusses industry topics on Radio 4’s The Film Programme. He has served on the jury for the BAFTA EE Rising Star Award since its inception in 2006, and votes in the British Independent Film Awards.
 
Christine Langan BBC FilmsChristine Langan
Christine Langan is Head of BBC Films, the feature filmmaking arm of the BBC. A Cambridge University graduate, she made her name at Granada Television, producing three series of award-winning TV show Cold Feet. She produced a range of projects including Peter Morgan's BAFTA award-winning The Deal and acclaimed Dirty Filthy Love. Christine moved into features with 2005’s Pierrepoint starring Timothy Spall, for which she received a BAFTA Carl Foreman nomination. The following year, she produced The Queen, a critical and box office hit for which she shared Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture.
 

Crispin LillyCrispin Lilly
Crispin Lilly is CEO at Everyman, overseeing the development of the brand and the delivery of a high quality, intimate cinema experience for the more discerning customer. With growth already delivered this year, from ten to sixteen locations, and five more signed for 2016/17, the combination of great venues, diverse content and focus on customer service is fulfilling a growing audience appetite for quality cinema experiences. Crispin was previously VP Business Affairs at Cineworld looking after the film and retail teams, and has also served on the Board of DCM and Picturehouse.
 

Ben LuxfordBen Luxford
Ben Luxford is the BFI’s Head of UK Audiences, responsible for a range of funds designed to bring great films to audiences across the UK. Ben worked in the UK independent distribution sector for 10 years, releasing commercial, crossover and specialised titles into the UK market for companies such as Optimum Releasing (now Studiocanal UK), Artificial Eye and Koch Media. He has worked on over 200 titles including This is England, Son of Rambow, Pan’s LabyrinthWe Need to Talk About Kevin, Blue is the Warmest Colour and Le Week-end.

 
Charles McDonaldCharles McDonald
Charles McDonald co-founded McDonald & Rutter in 1994, specialising in all aspects of film-orientated PR work – production, international, corporate and UK distribution – as well as television and theatre work. McDonald & Rutter was incorporated into Premier PR in 2006. From 2008 Charles has operated as a freelance consultant, representing clients such as Picturehouse Cinemas, BBC Films, Europa Cinemas and the European Film Awards. Recent projects include The Selfish Giant, Le Week-end, Saving Mr. Banks, 20,000 Days On Earth, Frankenweenie, Black Swan, War Horse, We Need to Talk About Kevin, and The Imposter among others.
 
Martin MyersMartin Myers
Martin Myers is the fourth generation of his family to enter the film business. In a career spanning four decades, he has worked across exhibition, distribution, marketing, acquisitions and production. In 1999, he set up his own company, Miracle Communications, which is focused on distribution, sales and consultancy for several companies including Universal Pictures, Irish Screen, Anchor Bay Entertainment, Peccadillo Pictures, Network Releasing and Carnaby Films.
 
Jonathan OlsbergJonathan Olsberg
Jonathan Olsberg is Chairman of Olsberg•SPI, the international strategy consultancy specialising in the screen based creative industries. Jonathan has built a reputation as a strategic adviser at the highest levels of media, business and government. The company’s clients span public and private sector organisations, around the world. Jonathan brings to each assignment 33 years of experience as consultant, producer, distributor and international sales agent. Jonathan’s first career was finance, as an investment banker in the City and on Wall Street. He is a member of BAFTA, The British Screen Advisory Council and the European Film Academy.
 
Nikki ParkerNikki Parker
Nikki founded independent film publicity agency Denmead Marketing which was folded into entertainment PR agency Rogers & Cowan in 2004. Here she headed the international department, managing a team of publicists in Los Angeles and London. Nikki’s experience covers all facets of the independent film and distribution business, having worked on titles including Oscar winners The Departed and The Aviator, and the Oscar nominated Gangs of New York, Wolf of Wall Street and Zero Dark Thirty. Nikki is now an independent consultant with clients including Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Thomas Anderson and Mark Rylance.
 
Bridget PedgriftBridget Pedgrift
Bridget Pedgrift is head of marketing at UK-based sales agent Protagonist Pictures. She joined the company soon after it was set up in 2008, returning to the film world after a career break. She previously worked as head of international publicity and marketing at FilmFour International.
 
Allon ReichAllon Reich
Allon Reich has been producing films with Andrew Macdonald at DNA Films since 2002. He has worked on all DNA Films' projects since then, including: The Last King of Scotland, Notes on A Scandal, 28 Weeks Later, Never Let Me Go, Dredd, Sunshine On Leith, Ex Machina and Far From The Madding Crowd. Formerly, Reich was at Miramax, where as Head of Film UK he executive produced Shekhar Kapur’s Four Feathers and Stephen Frears’ Dirty Pretty Things. Previously, at Film Four, he worked on Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shallow Grave, The Madness of King George, Brassed Off and Trainspotting.
 
Luc RoegLuc Roeg
Producer Luc Roeg is CEO of production, international sales and UK distribution outfit, Independent. Roeg has produced and executive produced numerous features including The Sea, Boxing Day, and We Need To Talk About Kevin, which won Best British Film at the London Critic's Circle and was nominated for three BAFTAs, including Outstanding British Film. Other credits include Mr Nice, Spider, The Kreutzer Sonata, Oliver Parker’s Othello and Two Deaths. Prior to Independent, Roeg was Head of Independent Film Europe at the William Morris Agency, UK. Previously, he was one of the founders of Vivid Productions.
 
Philip RosePhilip Rose
Philip Rose is Managing Director at Think Jam. With a career in film publicity, sales and marketing spanning over two decades, Philip has worked for major US studios Sony Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox and film sales and finance company Intermedia. Prior to joining Think Jam in 2010, he directed the film team at creative communications agency Premier.
 

Kris Thykier, Archery PicturesKris Thykier
Kris Thykier co-founded London-based Archery Pictures with Liza Marshall in 2014. Recent projects include the epic love story Ali & Nino, Adam Jones for The Weinstein Company and Woman in Gold. Before launching Archery Pictures, Kris headed PeaPie Films which developed and produced Trash with Working Title. Other recent features include One Chance, I Give It a Year, iLL Manors and W.E. written and directed by Madonna. Prior to PeaPie Films, Kris was partnered with Matthew Vaughn in MARV Films where they produced The Debt, Harry Brown, Kickass, and Stardust. The films have grossed over $325 million at the worldwide box-office.

 

Jezz VernonJezz Vernon
Jezz Vernon is Managing Director of Independent film company Metrodome Group’s Distribution and International Sales Arms and a board member for Film London. After graduating film school he worked for independent and corporate magazine publishers including a tenure at the NME, before returning to the film world in 2002 as Marketing Director at Revolver Entertainment. He joined Metrodome in 2005 and became Managing Director in 2012, launching production the same year and expanding the group into international sales in 2014. He’s also been the company’s supervising producer on a slate of films including features and documentaries.

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