The 2019 judges are yet to be announced, please watch this space!
Below you'll find our previous judging panel for 2018.
Founder & Editor of UK Film Review, Chris Olson is one of the UK's most enthusiastic supporters of short and indie films. His team of critics cover a huge range of movies, from grassroots filmmakers to the latest cinematic releases and world cinema, promoting all levels of filmmaking to their readers. Chris himself is an avid supporter of cinema, interviewing some of its biggest players as well as bringing to the foreground the next generation of movie talent.
Dr. Toby Reynolds
Dr Toby Reynolds is a film writer, academic and curator, obtaining his PhD from the University of East Anglia in 2018. His research interests include: auteur directors, gender within film with a focus on masculinities, and film symbolism. Other interests include: European national cinema, neo-noir film and the figure of the on-screen vampire. His favourite directors include Lars Von Trier, Ken Russell, Sam Mendes, Paul Thomas Anderson, Takeshi Kitano, David Lynch, Atom Egoyan and Steven Spielberg.
Mark has worked with Unrestricted View theatre company and been Theatre Manager of The Hen & Chickens Theatre for many years. As well as running the theatre Mark is a film festival selector for Unrestricted view film festival and Unrestricted view horror film festival. Mark has also worked extensively as an actor in theatre, film and TV, and is also festival director for the LGBT Rainbow Umbrella Film Festival.
Dejan is an Australian Directors' Guild nominated filmmaker. He is best known for the independent short film Silence which played over 50 festivals globally and received numerous industry awards. He most notably won the Jury Prize at the Montreal Film Festival and Best Drama at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.
Indra is director and writer, who teaches directing at Met Film School in London. As a student at Goldsmith's College, London, his own graduation film Shona May won awards in the Fuji Film Scholarship Competition and David Puttnam selected it to screen on Thames Television’s First Run, showcasing the finest young film making talent in Britain. Since then Indra has directed everything from dramas such as The Bill, Casualty, Holby City, London’s Burning, The Grand, Where The Heart Is and Down To Earth, to lighthearted children’s series Girls In Love and The Worst Witch. He’s directed comedies as “Carry-On” as Is Harry On The Boat to the more gentle humour of the much-loved Grandpa Chatterjee.