Founding Members

Phillip Alberstat

Philip Alberstat is an agent with the William Morris Agency's independent film packaging division William Morris Independent. Prior to this he was a lawyer specialising in film finance and is the author of The Insiders Guide To Film Finance.
He has been involved in the financing and production of many independent films and won an Emmy as a producer for the film, The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie.

Chris Auty

Chris Auty started his professional career as a film journalist, running the film department of Time Out.  From 1984-85 he was European Editor of The Hollywood Reporter. In 1985 he left journalism to launch a new UK film distribution company (Oasis), releasing some 45 films over the next five years, as well as acquiring and re-launching two of Britain’s best-known art house cinemas (the Gate in London, and Cameo in Edinburgh). In 1989 he helped finance, and acted as world sales agent for, Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. From 1991–99, he was Managing Director of Jeremy Thomas’ Recorded Picture Company and served as a producer on several of its films, as well as initiating the creation of RPC’s own international sales company, Hanway. In 1999, he became a founding Board Member of the UK Film Council – the governing body responsible for all public funding of film in the UK. From mid 1999, Chris Auty became CEO of the Virgin-backed Film Consortium, a lottery franchise company. In October 2001, Chris also became Chief Executive of the group incorporating The Film Consortium -– The Works Media Group plc (an AIM-listed company). Under his leadership the company developed its international rights business, and in 2005 successfully launched a new UK distribution subsidiary, which subsequently secured a home entertainment output deal with Universal Pictures UK., and has released over 30 films to date. Having completed the re-structuring of The Works into a distribution-led business, Chris stood down as Chief Executive in mid 2007. He runs and presents a lecture course in business skills, film production, and finance on the National Film School’s MA course; teaches in film at London University; and is working on a film-related new media venture, which is scheduled to launch this year. Producing / exec producing credits include: Stealing Beauty (Bernardo Bertolucci), My Summer Of Love (Pavel Pawlikowski), Crash  (David Cronenberg), Blood And Wine (Bob Rafelson), Dust (Milcho Manchevski), In This World (Michael Winterbottom) Country Of My Skull (John Boorman), Bright Young Things (Stephen Fry), River Queen (Vincent Ward), The Proposition (John Hillcoat).

Suzanne Ballantyne

She is widely respected as an independent film analyst, and works closely with writers and directors up and down the country.

Sally Caplan

Sally Caplan took the post as head of the Premiere Fund at the UK Film Council in April 2005. She has a strong background in distribution as former President of Icon Film Distribution (IFD), the UK distribution entity of Icon Entertainment. Her roles included Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Business Affairs at Momentum Pictures (2000 to 2004), Senior Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions, Polygram International/UIP (1998 to 2000), and Vice President of Acquisitions and Business Affairs, Polygram Filmed Entertainment (UK) Limited (1993 to 1998)

Tessa Collinson

Tessa has worked both as the Producer and as a Consultant for The British Independent Film Awards since the Awards were founded in 1998, and became a director in 2006.

Pippa Cross

Pippa was previously Head of Film at Granada. Her credits include My Left Foot, Jack And Sarah, House Of Mirth, The Hole, Ghostworld, Bloody Sunday, Shooting Dogs,  Chalet Girl and upcoming Until I Rise (aka Desert Dancer).

Christopher Fowler

Christopher Fowler co-founded Creative Partnership, a company that changed the face of UK and international film marketin. He has spent nearly 30 years working in film. The award-winning author of thirty novels and short story collections, he has written for the BBC, The Times, Time Out, Daily Mail and has a regular column in the Independent on Sunday.

Lora Fox Gamble

Lora Fox Gamble, is an independent producer and film commissioner with more than twenty years experience in film production, finance and distribution. Ms. Fox began her career in film and television working in development with veteran producer Freddie Fields at MGM.   She moved to the Samuel Goldwyn Company in 1986, where she acquired films for television libraries and theatrical release.   In 1991, she was named Executive Director of the International Documentary Association. In 1992, she produced and wrote her first independent documentary, The View From The Cage, and sold it to The Discovery Channel.  This led to three years participating in underwater films both in front of and behind the camera. As Director of International Co-productions for Oregon Public Broadcasting, she helped create the Eyewitness series, a co-production with BBC's Natural History Unit and Dorling-Kindersley. In 1995, she became Managing Director of Pinnacle Pictures, an international film and television sales company based in London where she financed and marketed several independent feature films.  In 2002, she produced the independent feature Another Life starring Nick Moran, Tom Wilkinson, Imelda Staunton and Ioan Gruffudd. In 2005, she was appointed by the Suffolk County legislature in New York to serve as a film commissioner on the Suffolk County Film Board. Recently, she produced The Song Is You From Watermill for PBS, and represented The Ten, a feature film that will be theatrically released by ThinkFilm in August 2007. 

Steven Gaydos

Steven Gaydos joined Variety in 1993, first serving as Variety's managing editor of special issues. In 1999 Gaydos was named executive editor of Variety/Daily Variety and in that capacity he helps oversee the work of the largest entertainment news staff in the world. In August, 2000, Gaydos took on the additional role of international managing director of Variety, overseeing the global editorial and business operations from the London office of Variety. Gaydos serves on the board of the Hartley-Merrill Screenwriting Awards and is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the European Film Academy.

Elliot Grove

Elliot Grove founded Raindance Film Festival in 1993, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance.TV in 2007.
He has produced over 150 short films, and 5 feature films. He has written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe. Japan and America.
He has written three books which have become industry standards: RAINDANCE WRITERS LAB 2nd Edition (Focal Press 2008),  RAINDANCE PRODUCERS LAB (Focal Press 2004) and 130 PROJECTS TO GET YOU INTO FILMMAKING (Barrons 2009). His first novel The Bandit Queen is scheduled for publication next year.
Open University awarded Elliot an Honourary Doctorate for services to film education in 2009.

Norma Heyman

Norma's credits include the Oscar, BIFA and BAFTA nominated Mrs Henderson Presents, the Oscar and BAFTA winning Dangerous Liaisons, The Secret Agent, Gangster No.1, Sister My Sister, The Honorary Consul, Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) and Buster. She was one of the founders of WIFTV UK, and is on the board of the Soho Theatre.

Emma E. Hickox, a.c.e.

Emma’s background is rooted firmly in the film business; she has followed in her mother Anne V Coates’ (Lawrence of Arabia, The Elephant Man, Erin Brokovich) distinguished footsteps as an editor and her father was cult film director Douglas Hickox (Theatre Of Blood, Entertaining Mr Sloane, Zulu Dawn). She began her editing career in Los Angeles working as an assistant and 2nd editor on films such as Bird On A Wire, The Hard Way and Mr Jones. She started cutting independently in 1992 and has not stopped since then. In 2001 she decided to return to the UK and continue her cutting career in the creative haven of the British film industry. She is on the Advisory Committee for the British Independent Film Awards and gives talks about editing as well as continuing to cut both features and TV. Her credits include: The Boat That Rocked, Becoming Jane, Rock of Ages, Blue Crush, The Edge Of Love, Kinky Boots, and The Jacket. 

Fred Hogge

Fred was the co-founder and producer of the British Independent Film Awards 1998-2001. He then set up Adara Pictures, a production company specialising in factual television formats. He is the writer/director of Northern Lights (2005), and currently co-runs the production company Black Island.

Robert Jones

Robert Jones’ production credits include Academy Award™ winners The Usual Suspects, Gosford Park and The Constant Gardener as well as Paul Thomas Anderson’s Hard Eight, Stephen Frears’ Dirty Pretty Things, Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake, David Schwimmer’s Run Fat Boy Run and Neil Marshall’s Centurion. Formerly a professional music recording artist, Jones has 28 years varied experience in the feature film industry and has built an impressive track record both working with established filmmakers and identifying and developing new talent and commercial feature film material. Starting out in distribution and acquisition Jones was responsible at Palace Pictures and PolyGram for picking up such hits as When Harry Met Sally, Wild At Heart, Cinema Paradiso, Reservoir Dogs and Shallow Grave. His various other roles have included Head of the UK Film Council Premiere Fund and President of New Line/Entertainment joint UK production venture Material Entertainment. Jones is currently running Jonescompany Productions where he is producing film and television projects with the likes of Academy Award™ winners Danny Boyle and Julian Fellowes and Inkheart director Iain Softley.

Steve Kenis

His clients include Peter O'Toole, Jeanne Moreau, Bruce Beresford, Frederic Raphael and Julie Walters. Steve is also a member of both the American and British Motion Picture Academies and PMA (Personal Managers Association) Council.

Ollie Madden

Ollie Madden started his career at Graham Broadbent and Damian Jones' company, Dragon Pictures. He later became an Acquisitions Executive at Atom Films, the world's largest short film distribution company. In 2001 Madden moved on to be a Director of Production and Development at Miramax Films, where he worked for three years and was involved with such films as Dirty Pretty Things, Cold Mountain and Proof. In late 2004, Madden joined Intermedia Films as Head of UK Production and Development, where he worked on The Hunting Party, Dark Fields, and produced comedy Magicians for Universal Pictures. In 2007 Madden joined Warner Bros. as their UK based VP of Production where he has worked on Slumdog Millionaire and the Guy Ritchie directed Sherlock Holmes franchise.

Neil McCartney

Neil McCartney is managing director of McCartney Media, a commercial company which operates in the areas of film, television and telecommunications. He is also chairman of The Independent Film Trust (IFT), chairman of The Cambridge Film and Media Academy and UK representative of the Moscow International Film Festival. And he works on business development for the Raindance organisation and the Raindance Film Festival.  
Neil’s first feature as a producer was Season of Mists, an Anglo-Russian film first released in Moscow in 2009. His second was The Empty Home, a co-production involving Kyrgyzstan, Russia, France and the UK, which was Kyrgyzstan’s entry for this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film.  
He also produced Vision Shorts, the programme about the IFT’s film-making courses which was broadcast on the Community Channel in 2010, and many of the IFT’s videos.   Neil acts as a mentor on the masters programme run by the IFT and Raindance in partnership with Staffordshire University, which leads to an MA or MSc in Film by Negotiated Learning.  
He is a member of the European Film Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has served on many film juries including the Faithful Heart film festival in Moscow in October 2008, the Watersprite student film competition in Cambridge in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and the Rushes Soho Shorts festival in 2011 and 2012.

Saul Metzstein

Credits include documentaries (James Stewart - Last Of The Good Guys, The Name Of This Film Is Dogme95), commercials, short films and the feature films, Late Night Shopping (nominated for the Douglas Hickox Award - BIFA 2001) and Guy X.

Martin Myers

Martin Myers is the fourth generation of his family to enter the movie business. His great grandfather and grandfather owned cinemas across London. Martin is an accomplished professional with broad experience of the film and video business in both corporate and independent sectors. He has substantial experience of taking a product from concept/script to completion with sales and marketing expertise.
Following early roles in distribution, sales and marketing for CIC, UIP, Martin became Sales and Marketing Director of Miracle Films and later took on the same role (along with responsibility for acquisition) at Vestron Pictures where he released Princess Bride, Buster and Dirty Dancing. He was subsequently appointed Theatrical Director of First Independent Films Limited, where he oversaw acquisitions and release.
In 1999 he set up Miracle Communications, focusing on the distribution and sales. He now consults for various theatrical and dvd companies, as well as producers and directors in the planning and releasing of their product into the UK theatrical market. Martin also actively represents a number of UK companies exploiting their rights for Airlines, Non Theatrical and TV sales. He also reads scripts for a number of producers who want an answer from a distributors point of view.
Recent theatrical releases Martin has worked on include NO, Gloria, Stranger By The Lake and Salvo. Previous works include Dirty Dancing, Misery, City Slickers, Dumb and Dumber, Young Guns and The Princess Bride.

Sarah Radclyffe

Sarah Radclyffe co-founded Working Title in 1984 with Tim Bevan and whilst there produced several films including My Beautiful Laundrette, Wish You Were Here and A World Apart. Following the acquisition of Working Title by Polygram in 1993, Sarah left to pursue a more independent career and set up her own company, Sarah Radclyffe Productions. Since then, she has produced or executive produced, amongst others, Second Best, Cousin Bette, Les Miserables, The War Zone, Ratcatcher, There's Only One Jimmy Grimble, Love's Brother, How About You, The Edge Of Love, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant and Good Morning Karachi.  She served on the board of Channel 4 and the BFI between 1997 and 1999 and the UK Film Council from 1999-2004

Tracey Scoffield

Tracey Scoffield joined the television industry as a trainee to William G. Stewart on light entertainment shows, and was associate producer of Jonathan Ross' debut show The Last Resort for Channel 4, before moving into drama development and working for Colin Callender at the Callender Co. She then sidestepped the industry for eight years by joining publishing house Faber and Faber, where she ran the films and plays list, setting up the screenplay publishing initiative and working with directors such as Martin Scorsese and the late Louis Malle and Krzysztof Kieslowski. Ms. Scoffield then joined the BBC as a Script Editor, becoming Head of Development and Executive Producer for BBC Films. In the latter capacity, she has executive-produced Richard Loncraine's award-winning The Gathering Storm (broadcast in the U.S. on HBO), Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things, Roger Michell's The Mother, and Michael Winterbottom's A Cock And Bull Story.
In 2005 she left the BBC to set up Rainmark Films, a television and film production company based in London, with producer Frank Doelger. In 2007, their production slate includes: Primo, A Number, My Zinc Bed, Churchill At War and The Other Man, a feature film to be directed by Richard Eyre.

Mark Shivas

Mark Shivas was a multi-award-winning producer and executive producer of some of the most popular television programmes and feature films of the past 40 years. During an impressive career, his name became familiar to the viewing public because of the extraordinary quality of the wide range of television programmes and feature films with which he was associated. These include: The Glittering Prizes, Casanova, Cambridge Spies and the Talking Heads series. He executive produced many critically acclaimed films including Truly Madly Deeply, The Grass Arena, Priest, Jude, Regeneration, Hideous Kinky, I Capture The Castle and An Awfully Big Adventure.  Mark also played a highly valued role in the life of the Academy: he was twice elected to Council (in 1982 and 1997) and served as a member of both the Television Committee (1982 to 1989) and Film Committee (1997 to 2007). Mark also served as Chairman of the Short Film Jury from 2002 to 2007. In 1987 Mark was appointed the BBC's Head of Television Drama, a position he held until 1993 when he took on the role as Head of BBC Films.Mark Shivas was awarded the Academy's Special Award at the SFTA Film & Television Awards in 1971 for the six-part television drama, The Six Wives Of Henry VIII. He received multiple Academy nominations for his television work and a Best Film nomination for A  Private Function in 1985. 

Johanna von Fischer

After training in the performance arts, Johanna went on to appear in various independent film and theatre projects. Apart from acting, she worked as a personal development trainer for business corporations, and casting director for independent film projects. In 2000, she was appointed press officer and administrator for Raindance Film Festival and Training, moving on to become assistant to the producer for the British Independent Film Awards in 2001. In 2003, she became producer and then in 2006 Director of the British Independent Film Awards.

Jim Wilson

James Wilson began his career as a Production Executive at Fox Searchlight Pictures in Los Angeles, and subsequently at FilmFour in London. Over eight years he worked on the development, production and acquisition of a range of films including Sexy Beast, Dancer in the Dark, The Filth and The Fury, The Low Down, The Last King of Scotland, The Full Monty, Nil By Mouth and The Ice Storm.

Since becoming a producer he has served as an Executive Producer on Edgar Wright's Shaun of The Dead, and produced James Marsh's The King with Milo Addica. Along with Nira Park, he is currently producing Joe Cornish's Attack The Block.

Michiyo Yoshizaki

NDF has specialized in multinational co-productions and has been responsible for financing, co-producing and producing films such as The Crying Game, Howards End, Smoke, Titus, Kama Sutra, Wilde, Chinese Box and Guantanamero.
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