The 2016 Screen Awards jury has been announced and includes industry luminaries from marketing, distribution and exhibition who will help us identify the very best work in UK film.

Entries open 24 March 2016 | Entries close 22 July 2016 | Awards night 20 October 2016

Tom Avison

Tom Avison

Head of Studios
3 Mills Studios

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Tom Avison is Head of Studios at 3 Mills Studios, the largest film & TV studio in London. Tom has been at 3 Mills for almost 5 years helping to ensure that the Studio cements its position as a key facility within the UK film industry. His career began working in the locations department on a number of British feature and drama productions, including a BAFTA winning show directed by Peter Kosminsky. Following this time spent in production, Tom moved into exhibition working within marketing and events first for the Everyman Cinema group and then with Picturehouse Cinemas. In 2011 Tom returned to 3 Mills Studios as the Marketing & PR Manager, he moved on to Head of Sales and eventually to Head of Studios.

3 Mills Studios has been host to a wide variety of productions from stop motion animation films by Tim Burton and Wes Anderson to four films and an Olympic Opening Ceremony from Danny Boyle. Mr Holmes, Legend and Loving Vincent are some of the more recent features that have shot at the Studios.

Claire Beswick

Claire Beswick

Head of Programming
Curzon Cinemas

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Claire joined Curzon cinemas in Jan 2015 as Head of Programming.  Here she oversees the curation of all content – feature films, documentaries, live events and alternative content – in both theatrical venues and on the digital platform.

Prior to Curzon, Claire spent 10 years at ODEON cinemas responsible for the implementation of film booking strategies in 120 multiplex venues, and the programming of all IMAX screens including the BFI IMAX.   She oversaw the transition to digital projection, embarking on new flexible programming opportunities including the introduction of Alternative Content – live events such as ballet and opera which had never before been seen in cinemas.

Claire has also undertaken a number of consultancy projects; developing programming strategies for Independent cinemas and advising producers on the commercial viability of projects.  She is a regular contributor to industry panels and in 2010 was the first exhibitor to undertake the Inside Pictures programme.

Dave Bishop

Dave Bishop

Head of Worldwide Acquisitions
Protagonist Pictures

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Dave Bishop is Head of Worldwide Acquisitions at Protagonist Pictures, one of the UK’s leading international sales and finance companies. He is responsible for overseeing a team that helps build the company’s sales and financing slate. He has also been Director of Sales during his time at Protagonist. Recent Protagonist films have included Andrea Arnold’s AMERICAN HONEY, Yorgos Lanthimos’s THE LOBSTER, Whit Stillman’s LOVE & FRIENDSHIP and Taika Waititi’s HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE.

Prior to Protagonist, Bishop was Head of Acquisitions at UK independent distributor Revolver Entertainment, responsible for the company’s distribution slate and heading up a team of executives who bought a wide range of acclaimed narrative and documentary feature films.

Before Revolver, he was Head of Acquisitions, Northern Europe and UK for Sony Pictures Entertainment based in London, he also served for a period as Vice President of Acquisitions with the Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group in Los Angeles. He started at Sony Pictures in 2000 as a product manager.

Sue Bruce Smith

Sue Bruce-Smith

Head of Distribution and Brand Strategy
Film4

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Sue oversees the financing and distribution of Film4 titles and looks after the Film4 brand. She has previously worked in distribution, international sales and independent production variously at Palace Pictures, BFI, BBC Films, and Littlebird.

Stephen Burdge

Director
The Empire Design Company

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Stephen Burdge graduated from St Martin’s College in 1991 and joined the Creative Partnership for five years before founding Empire Design in 1996. The company’s first three campaigns included Toy Story, 12 Monkeys and Trainspotting and, in the ensuing two decades, Empire Design has helped create some of the the most iconic trailers and posters of our time. In 2013, Burdge opened Olympic Studios in Barnes, London’s first boutique Dolby Atmos surround sound cinema.

Will Clarke

Will Clarke

co-CEO and Chairman
Altitude Film Entertainment

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Will Clarke is co-CEO and Chairman of Altitude Film Entertainment, a UK-based vertically integrated film company focusing on production, financing and international sales. Clarke launched the company in May 2012 with Andy Mayson, co-CEO, and Mike Runagall, as Managing Director of Altitude’s sales arm.

In just under three years the company has expanded its operations with three separate companies within the Altitude Film Entertainment Group: Altitude Film Production led by Will Clarke and Andy Mayson; Altitude Film Sales with Managing Director Mike Runagall; and Altitude Film Distribution with Head of Distribution Hamish Moseley.

Clarke’s vision is to work with rising and exciting filmmaking talents from Britain and abroad. Approaching its third anniversary, the company continues to go from strength to strength. Altitude’s first feature film FILTH (John S Baird) starring James McAvoy was released to critical acclaim in 2013. Its second feature BIG GAME (Jalmari Helander) starring Samuel L Jackson launched at TIFF Midnight Madness 2014. Its third feature KILL YOUR FRIENDS (Owen Harris) starring Nicholas Hoult, James Corden and Georgia King was distributed in the UK by Studiocanal. Clarke has also helped to finance and co-produce Julius Avery’s debut feature SON OF A GUN starring Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites and Alicia Vikander, THE HOOLIGAN FACTORY directed by Nick Nevern and OUTPOST 37 directed by Jabbar Raisani.

Altitude Film Sales is representing the feature documentary MARADONA from the filmmaking team behind the highly acclaimed Oscar® and BAFTA nominated documentary Amy, Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees and Chris King; WHITNEY HOUSTON, the official theatrical documentary by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald; THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS directed by Colm McCarthy, written by Mike Carey and starring Paddy Considine, Gemma Arterton and Glenn Close; and PALIO, directed by award-winning filmmaker Cosima Spender and produced by James Gay-Rees and John Hunt, premiering at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Altitude’s sales slate also includes BOLSHOI BABYLON from the Oscar®-winning producer Simon Chinn, Mark Franchetti and director Nick Read; GHOST STORIES, based on the Olivier nominated supernatural stage production, co-written and directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman and set to star Martin Freeman, George MacKay and Andy Nyman; STOCKHOLM directed by Matt Spicer; GATEWAY 6 directed by Tanel Toom and starring Rhys Ifans and Ed Skein; KILL YOUR FRIENDS, based on the cult satirical novel by John Niven, directed by Owen Harris and starring Nicholas Hoult, James Corden and Georgia King; 47 METERS DOWN directed by Johannes Roberts, starring Claire Holt, Mandy Moore and Matthew Modine; and Johnny Frank Garrett’s LAST WORD directed by Simon Rumley and starring Mike Doyle, Erin Cummings and Sean Patrick Flanery. www.altitudefilment.com
Altitude Film Distribution has expanded its slate extensively over the two and half years since its launch. Last year it released the Oscar® and BAFTA™ award-winning feature documentary AMY which has not only met with critical acclaim for the filmmakers but has also been a huge success for Altitude grossing over £3.8 million at the UK box office. AFD has also released other highly regarded feature documentary titles in the UK, PALIO and MY NAZI LEGACY, both of which were nominated alongside Amy for Best Documentary at the 2016 Evening Standard Awards. Other releases have included Nick Read’s BOLSHOI BABYLON, Morgan Neville’s Oscar® winning documentary feature 20 FEET FROM STARDOM; Ryan Coogler’s highly-acclaimed Cannes success FRUITVALE STATION; Ira Sachs’ LOVE IS STRANGE, Bharat Nalluri’s SPOOKS: THE GREATER GOOD; Oren Moverman’s TIME OUT OF MIND; Jeremy Saulnier’s GREEN ROOM; Ira Sachs’ LITTLE MEN; RACE starring Stephan James, Jason Sudiekis and Jeremy Irons); and ALONE IN BERLIN (starring Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleason). Forthcoming releases include Asif Kapadia’s MARADONA and THE ODYSSEY starring Lambert WIlson, Audrey Tautou and Pierre Niney.

Will Clarke has a track record backing new talent, both in production and distribution, championing a variety of filmmakers over the years. He has exec produced films by a number of first-time directors including Chris Morris with FOUR LIONS, Richard Ayoade with SUBMARINE, Rowan Joffe with BRIGHTON ROCK, Paddy Considine with TYRANNOSAUR, Nick Murphy with THE AWAKENING, as well as directors who have gone onto to become more established such as Shane Meadows with DDEAD MAN’S SHOES and THIS IS ENGLAND.

Will has also introduced directors such as Hayao Miyazaki and Guillermo del Toro to British audiences. Early in his career at The Feature Film Company he oversaw the acquisition and release of more than 35 films including Oscar®-nominated ULEE’S GOLD and the reissues of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and WITHNAIL AND I. In May 1999, seeing a gap in the industry for an innovative and effective distribution infrastructure, Clarke and Paul Higgins launched Optimum Releasing which acquired titles that achieved both commercial and critical success such as the Oscar®-nominated Mexican film AMORES PERROS, the Oscar®-winning SPIRITED AWAY and PAN’S LABYRINTH and critically acclaimed and award-winning THIS IS ENGLAND. In 2006, Will agreed a deal for StudioCanal to acquire Optimum Releasing.

One of the founding board members of Film London and chairman of the BFI Joint Venture, Will is also a member of the BAFTA committee, the BFI Fund sub-committee, the London Film School Development committee, and was one of the six Panel Members of the Government’s pivotal UK Film Policy Review in 2011 led by Lord Chris Smith.

Melissa Cogavin

Melissa Cogavin

Managing Director
Event Cinema Association

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Melissa has worked in the distribution industry in the UK for 15 years – 7 years at Disney in International Distribution, and 3 years as Director of Film Operations at Paramount Pictures, both in London. She set up her own consultancy in 2009 and worked closely with distributors and exhibitors in the Alternative Content, or Event Cinema industry, in a variety of capacities: research, sales, marketing and operations. She has written about the industry for Digital Cinema Report as European Correspondent, and as a regular contributor for Film Journal International. In October 2011 Dodona Research published their Alternative Content Report, which she co-wrote and researched.

In 2012 she set up the Event Cinema Association, recognising the need for support, infrastructure and promotion in this emerging market. Her vision was to create an information and networking resource for those involved in the event cinema industry, and supply the statistical data and research vital to help it grow and attract investment.

James Collington

James Collington

Managing Director
Savoy Cinemas

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James is Managing Director of Savoy Cinemas Ltd, which operates 4 midlands-based sites, including 3 purposes built multiplexes, with further sites due to open from 2017.

He represents the Midlands & Northern Branch of the UK Cinema Association at board level, and since 2008, has also represented independent cinema on the CEA‟s “Energy and Sustainability Workgroup”, the purpose of which is to encourage sustainable energy and environmental practices.

In 2010, James was appointed as a founding Executive Board Member of the Digital Funding Partnership (UK) LLP. This partnership was set up by the CEA in order to facilitate the conversion of approximately 300 independent cinema screens from 35mm to digital technology, which was successfully completed in the early part of 2014.

He is a qualified engineer, was admitted as a member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 2002 and is registered by the Engineering Council as a Chartered Engineer.

Hillary Davis

Hilary Davis

Co-Managing Director
Bankside Films

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Hilary Davis is Co-Managing Director of Bankside Films, a leading international sales and film finance company for independent films.

Founded in January 2007, the company offers a bespoke sales and executive producer service to production companies. Bankside cash-flows pre-sales, tax credits and finances equity/gap using its knowledge and extensive relationships with international financiers and distributors.

A modern languages graduate fluent in French and Italian, Hilary started her career at Warner Bros over thirty years ago and subsequently worked at HandMade Films, Alibi Communications plc and Beyond Films prior to setting up Bankside Films.

Hilary is a voting BAFTA member since 2009 and regularly teaches and speaks at events in the UK and abroad, as well as being a founder board member of Film Export UK (the trade association for London-based sales companies).

Executive producer credits include DETOUR, WAR ON EVERYONE, FREEHELD, ASHBY, BELLE, A GOOD WOMAN, OYSTER FARMER and THE HARD WORD.

Matt Eyre

Matthew Eyre

Chief Operating Officer
Cineworld Cinemas

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Matt started in the cinema industry in 1987 at what was then AMC Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne. He moved on to become General Manager for the Warner’s Cinema in Bury. He was subsequently promoted to Director of Operations UK and then promoted to Vice President of Operations, responsible for the day to day Ops of seven territories around the world. After handling that role successfully Warner’s promoted him to CEO of Mann Theatres, based in Los Angeles, California, which included the world famous Graumman’s Chinese Theatre.

Matt joined Cineworld Cinemas in April 2005 following the merger of UGC and Cineworld to head up the Operations of the company. Following the combination of Cinema City and Cineworld Matt was promoted to Vice President of Operations and subsequently Chief Operating Officer for the Group in March 2016. Cineworld Group now operates 218 cinemas in 8 territories and over 2000 screens.

Emma McCorkell

Emma McCorkell

Publicity Consultant

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Having returned recently from living and working in Los Angeles for Netflix, Emma is now starting a new venture in the UK, focusing on entertainment publicity.

Prior to her time at Netflix she was the Managing Director of London-based film publicity outfit ORGANIC. She moved over to ORGANIC in 2011 and led the PR team to two successful wins for PR Team of the Year at The Screen International PR & Marketing Awards in 2012 and 2015. She joined ORGANIC after 5 years at Rogers & Cowan, where she ran the UK team as VP of publicity.

She began her career as an intern at Columbia Tristar, now Sony Pictures Entertainment, where she focused on international publicity before joining Denmead Marketing as an account director where she developed her UK publicity skills for both film and television.

During her career, McCorkell has also worked as a freelance consultant for Premier PR, DDA PR and Warner Bros. working across all platforms for UK and International campaigns, Blockbusters and Indie Films from unit through to release.

Joe Oppenheimer

Joe Oppenheimer

Acting Head
BBC Films

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Joe made the imprudent decision to leave the post of editor-manager of an internet start-up company in 1995 in order to pursue a career in film and television, thereby neatly missing the dotcom boom. He spent three years as a freelance writer and director before joining BBC Films in 1998. Covering the full range of the department’s output in the last fifteen years, he has worked with established auteurs and filmmakers as well as with up-and-coming talent new to the cinema. His work has been across a wide range of genres, from contemporary drama to period biopic, taking in comedy, horror and documentary.

Selected credits: I, Daniel Blake, Verses – The Life and Films of Ken Loach, Swallows and Amazons, The Ones Below, Bill, Being AP, Man Up, London Road, Testament of Youth, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Ginger and Rosa, Spike Island, Good Vibrations, Broken, Shadow Dancer, The Awakening, The First Grader, One Life, The Men Who Stare At Goats, Nativity!, “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”, Tormented, The Edge Of Love, Eastern Promises, Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, Death Defying Acts, Confetti, Shooting Dogs, Millions, Red Dust, My Summer Of Love, The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers, Code 46, Anita & Me, Trauma, Kiss Of Life, This Little Life, Conspiracy, Last Resort.

Eduardo Panizzo

Eduardo Panizzo

Founder & Director
Coffee & Cigarettes

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Eduardo Panizzo is the co-founder of Coffee & Cigarettes, a unique company acting as a producers rep, a boutique marketing and distribution consultancy as well as being a full service award wining creative design agency offering all the creative services required to fully deliver and release a title.

With experience managing over 450 Theatrical and Home Entertainment releases and eleven awards for marketing excellence in the past ten years the management team at Coffee & Cigarettes offers a unique blend of skills and experience.

Adam Rubins

Adam Rubins

Chief Executive Officer
Way To Blue

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Adam is a commercial and experienced marketing and communications professional inspired by change and positive disruption. Learning his trade at the Walt Disney Company in international marketing in the theatrical distribution arm, Adam joined global communications agency Way To Blue in 2006 where he operates as CEO. Way To Blue offer full service marketing services to the entertainment industry and consumer brand sector bringing in paid, owned and earned activity under one roof.

Adam has over 20 years experience in the entertainment sector and has worked across media, digital, creative, research and sales & distribution teams. Away from work, Adam is a huge fan of film, music, TV and unfortunately Queens Park Rangers. He has spent a huge amount of time living and working overseas but now likes to spend his time with his wife and 2 adorable young children.

Deborah Sheppard

Deborah Sheppard

Founder
Iheartcinema

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Deborah is a highly experienced senior film and distribution marketing executive. She set up Iheartcinema in 2012, to consult on a bespoke basis for independent filmmakers and distributors in the UK and overseas advising on scripts, audiences, casting, distribution and marketing/awards campaigns. She delivers a number of industry training programmes, and now also has a slate of films in development.

From 2000 she was Marketing Director for UIP and then Paramount Pictures, and presided over a multitude of releases from festival films and local acquisitions, such as Babel, True Grit, Made In Dagenham, Jarhead, Love Actually, to animated favourites, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Madagascar, Rango, and Tintin, to major franchise blockbusters, including Transformers, Star Trek, Mission Impossible.

She has worked extensively with many UK production companies, and has released more than 420 titles, achieving a box office of over $4bn

Stephen Woolley

Stephen Woolley

Producer
Number 9 Films

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