Meet the team

Staff and team on stage at festival closure @ London Screenwriters' Festival 2013The London Screenwriters’ Festival is run by screenwriters, producers and filmmakers just like you.

And we believe passionately that we are all in it together.

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Festival Staff

Chris Jones

Chris Jones – Creative Director

Guerilla filmmaker, educator and screenwriter Chris runs the festival

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Judy Goldberg

Judy Goldberg – Festival Manager

Screenwriter Judy makes the festival happen

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Emma Heath

Emma Heath – Producer

Screenwriter, ex-lawyer, adrenaline junkie.

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Lucia Landino

Lucia Landino – Delegate Support

Lucia heads up the office and is the first person to turn to if you need help and support.

Vanessa Bailey

Vanessa Bailey – Festival Support

Fabulous actress turned outstanding festival co-ordinator

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Lucy V Hay

Lucy V Hay – director of education

Lucy is a screenwriter, script reader and novelist

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Catherine Arton

Catherine Arton – Actors Table Read Producer

Casting Director Catherine Arton will be heading up the Actors Table Read


Shukrananda 'Shuk' Natasha Gant – Actors Table Read Production

Vocal coach, Actor, writer, musician, filmmaker, and Love Monk - at your service! Free hugs upon request.

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Guy Mannerings

Guy Mannerings – Speaker Liason

Guy looks after our fabulous speakers!

Phoebe Gibson

Phoebe Gibson – volunteer co-ordinator

Phoebe is a professional writer and lecturer who oversees festival staff logistics

Oliver Purches

Oliver Purches – stage manager

Oli is a writer, director and actor who oversees stage tech at the festival

Bob Schultz

Bob Schultz – Pitchfest Organiser

Organiser of the Great American Pitchfest and here to run the UK side now

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Lisa Shelley

Lisa Shelley – Festival Co-ordination

Lisa often sits in the corner getting up to mischief when she isn't working miracles for us

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Zsofia Szemeredy

Zsofia Szemeredy – Festival Co-ordinator

Zsofi loves films, tv, festivals, sci-fi, period dramas and Star Wars above everything else.

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Craig Connolly

Craig Connolly – Photographer

Craig has years of experience in both film and photography, specialising in Behind-the-Scenes and Special Events.

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Leilani Holmes

Leilani Holmes – Official LSF Blogger and Tweeter

Leilani an actor/writer/director live tweets and blogs from the festival seminars and events. Hashtag: #LondonSWF

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Marcos Avlonitis

Marcos Avlonitis – Official Photographer

Marcos is our go to guy when it comes to getting killer shots of all our events in action.

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Gail Hackston

Gail Hackston – marketing and PR support

Gail is a screenwriter and digital marketer

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Piers Beckley

Piers Beckley – website manager

Piers is our web wizard

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Filming Crew

Anna Carrington

Anna Carrington – Camera Team

Anna loves DOPing Drama, her favourite film is Fight Club (so hoping to be at the script to screen event).

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Simon Cox

Simon Cox – Camera Team Co-ordinator

LSF crew veteran, Simon will be directing the filming crew with Seb.

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Sound Team

Joe Howkins-White

Joe Howkins-White – Sound Team

Musician and sound lover.

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Louisa Hayford

Louisa Hayford – Bookstore Manager

MA Screenwriting/Playwriting graduate. Loves to read, laugh and provide commentary for 90's Jean-Claude Van Damme films.

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Support Team

Ana Pio

Ana Pio – Festival Support

I'm a Portuguese film director. Graduated in Cinema at UBI (Portugal) and UL (UK). I have a degree in music.

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Andrew McGee

Andrew McGee – Festival Support

Recent Film and Literature graduate from Warwick University, director/writer/editor and lover of all things sci-fi.

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David Jacobson

David Jacobson – Festival Support

Writer/Director, Historian, and often reluctant-Producer. Huge Jackson fan. Peter not Michael.

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Giuseppe Mineo

Giuseppe Mineo – Festival Support

Originally from Italy, I studied Scriptwriting at Bournemouth University and I'm interested in anything that tells a story

Helena Bonastre

Helena Bonastre – Festival Support

Born in Barcelona, I moved to London to do my MA in Directing Film at Met Film School. I love film, writing and illustration.

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Irina Mugford

Irina Mugford – Festival Support

I am a media graduate, passionate about reading and writing alike.

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Jenny Heaton

Jenny Heaton – Festival Support

Scriptwriting student at Bournemouth University by day, Indie cinema crew member by night/very late evenings

Josiah Ward

Josiah Ward – Festival Support

Scriptwriting student with a passion for Film and TV shows (what are the chances, right??).

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Katie Baldock

Katie Baldock – Festival Support

Writer and night owl. Spends way too much money on cinema tickets

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Katy Hofmann

Katy Hofmann – Festival Support

Aspiring TV drama scriptwriter, looking forward to a great festival.

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Laurence Storey

Laurence Storey – Festival Support

Laurence is a writer, actor, extra, tea- and coffee-maker and an aspiring Batman villain

Paola Figus

Paola Figus – Festival Support

Have you ever met a successful pessimist?

Scott Matthew Watson

Scott Matthew Watson – Festival Support

Writer, storyteller, hedonist, experience junkie, eccentric dreamer, creative creature. Studying screenwriting/playwriting.

Thomas Chucas

Thomas Chucas – Festival Support

BU Scriptwriting student. Loves comedy, cinema and writing

Vanessa Dos Santos

Vanessa Dos Santos – Festival Support

I'm Mozambican and currently doing my Masters in Gender Studies at UCL. I did my BA in film and hope to create films of activism

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Hadley Campbell

Hadley Campbell – Festival Support

Born in LA, been living in London for the last 5 years studying film and working.

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Irene Marco

Irene Marco – Festival Support

I am mexican born, currently doing a Masters in Directing at Met Film School; I'm loving London and the festival.

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Ornela Peka

Ornela Peka – Festival Support

Film Director, and Producer and co-founder of Three Corners Productions.

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Scott Castle

Scott Castle – Festival Support

Once film maker, graduate writer and family man. I love comedy and aspire to writing comedy in many forms.

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Deanna Turnbull

Deanna Turnbull – Festival Support

Sci-Fi/Fantasy film geek, but with a keen interest in all genres. Currently developing a career as a film producer.

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Sam Klein

Sam Klein – Festival Support

I am in my third year of studying Screenwriting at Bournemouth University. Aspiring to become a film producer/ Freelance Screen

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Sidney Malik

Sidney Malik – Festival Support

Screenwriter, Actor, Historian, Sidney comes from the world of Sports Entertainment and Film.

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