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Freelance Creative Producer and Project Manager with an international background and experience in programming and producing cultural events in organisations such as the BFI, BAFTA or Aperture Foundation - and liaising with visual artists, filmmakers, curators, and global press. Based in London and Madrid. My professional ethos is focused on supporting the dissemination of relevant projects and artists, developing and nurturing emerging talent, as well as fostering public forum. With a focus on diverse representation and engagement, this passion is demonstrated by my experience as events programmer, as well as my practice in events producing - including collaborations at film festivals such as BFI London Film Festival, BFI Flare, Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, and Open City Documentary Festival, and for the last 3 years the production of a mentorship programme for emerging queer filmmakers in collaboration with BFI and BAFTA, and more recently producing the BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew Mentorships.
BFI Flare Mentorship Programme, delivered with BAFTA, and supported by Creative Skillset, offers emerging LGBT-identified filmmakers from the UK the opportunity to develop industry knowledge, professional connections, their passion for cinema and an overview of LGBT features entering the marketplace. Meet the selected filmmakers here: http://www.bfi.org.uk/flare/bfi-network-flare-mentorship-bafta-meet-filmmakers
Produced two events framed within BFI London Film Festival: The Experimenta Speed Pitch - in association with Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) and LUX. For this special speed pitching event the festival teamed up with Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) to offer a chance to win the Experimenta Pitch Award towards development costs for a new project. Hosted by curator Adam Pugh, fifteen aspiring artist-filmmakers gave a maximum six-minute pitch, including images, to an international panel of leading artists’ film producers, including Kristin Irving (BFI Film Fund), Madeleine Molyneaux (Picture Palace Pictures) and Maggie Ellis (FLAMIN). Anatomy of An Artist's Film - This event examined all the stages of production a work goes through – from idea inception, to realisation to distribution. Focusing on Anja Kirschner’s creative process in making her new long form work Moderation, chair Madeleine Molyneaux (Picture Palace Pictures) was joined by the artist, her co-producer Theo Prodromidis, and her lead actress and co-writer on Moderation, Maya Lubinsky, for an illustrative conversation touching on how the making of artists’ film might differ from more traditional production processes within the film industry.
When BFI Flare hosted a panel on transgender representation in 2008, a trans actor in a mainstream drama seemed just a dream. In 2012, we met again for Are We Nearly There Yet? with Paris Lees predicting trans characters would soon appear in TV soaps. Well, a lot has happened since. BBC’s Boy Meets Girl has been commissioned for a second series; trans media representation is now major transatlantic news; we’ve seen a Channel 4 trans documentary series; trans actors in indie sensation Tangerine; Eddie Redmayne was nominated for his performance as a trans woman in The Danish Girl; trans director Silas Howard joined Transparent, while trans director Lana Wachowski delivered Sense8 featuring a trans performer as trans character. Picking up on the threads explored in 2015 course Trans Acting, a collaboration between the Royal School of Speech and Drama, Gendered Intelligence and My Genderation, we brought together casting agents, film/TV makers and actors to join us for this conversation in a panel looking at where we are and where we want to be. The panel was chaired by Dr Jay Stewart MBE, Director of Gendered Intelligence, and hosted by Flare’s Jason Barker. https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/flare/Online/transform
http://fringefilmfest.com • Coordinated production of panels • Curated the panel "Sexile: Exploring Queer Migrations and Activism Through the Arts", chaired by LGBT rights activist Bisi Alimi (http://www.bisialimi.com), with Paul Dillane, Executive Director of UKLGIG (http://uklgig.org.uk), performer and playwright Mojisola Adebayo (http://mojisolaadebayo.co.uk), and poet and refugee PJ Samuels, and "Glocal: LGBTQ+ Activism"
• Coordinated content – liaising with filmmakers and distributors to collate materials • Filmmaker liaison and communications before, throughout and after the festival • Liaised with cultural partners for financial support • Proofreading and fact-checking for printed and online programme • Booked travel and accommodation for visiting filmmakers • Production assistance for screenings - intro, Q&As, and panels • Spanish-English interpreting for intros and Q&As
• Implemented a new system of Industry accreditation and benefits – which included Industry, Filmmaker, Press and Student accreditation – line-managing the Guest and Industry Assistant • Managed the Video Library and P&I screenings • Coordinated the Industry networking sessions and social events • Managed guest lists and ticket requests for public screenings • Was first point of contact for Industry delegates (overlapping with Filmmakers and Press at times) – and regularly communicated with them via e-mail, and in person • Acted as front of house in the Industry Desk at the Festival Hub, and in the Opening and Closing Night Galas
• Co-curated 6 short-film programmes framed within inHOUSE, a multidisciplinary arts festival • Co-developed the concept of the film programme from its inception • Coordinated content – liaising with filmmakers and producers to collate all technical and promotional materials
• Processed Industry Delegates’ accreditations • Assisted with events’ production – including public programmes, parties, and other social events • Wrote e-mail communications before and during the festival • Set up Eventbrite pages for all Industry events • Acted as front of house in the Industry Desk at the Delegate Centre – BFI Southbank • Was responsible for the Viewing Library
Assisted the Communications department in pitching and securing coverage with international press such as The New York Times, W Magazine, The British Journal of Photography, Vogue, Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, or New Yorker Managed guest lists and oversaw production for a wide range of events and exhibitions, including opening receptions, public programme, patron events, book signings Wrote copy and coordinated e-campaigns via Mailchimp Furthermore, I assisted the Aperture team as Exhibitions Assistant at Paris Photo 2013 & 2014, and Photo London 2015.
Researched and fact-checked stories for issues 48 and 49 of Monocle, and for Monocle Alpino Assisted with production and researched for Monocle 24 radio – most of my stories aired Provided admin support to the editorial department: mailings, calendars, upkeeping database
Assisted the Digital Marketing team in editing web content, compiling creative briefings for the official site and individual film sites Was responsible for the loyalty club (with over 60,000 members), and its monthly newsletters Wrote copy and translated for marketing materials and DVD/Blu-Ray packaging Assisted with the creation of the Spanish e-commerce site Provided general admin support to the department.