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.

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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 and Producer Judy makes the festival happen

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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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Guy Mannerings

Guy Mannerings – Speaker Liason

Guy looks after our fabulous speakers!

Oliver Purches

Oliver Purches – stage manager

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

Emma Hallewell

Emma Hallewell – Festival Support

Screenwriter with a love of stand-up comedy and cheesy quotes.

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Fleur Poad

Fleur Poad – Actors Table Read Producer

Heading up the ATR, who is English / German bilingual who you last saw alongside Brad Pitt in 'Allied'

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Jenn Thomas

Jenn Thomas – Speaker Liason

I don't do one liners.

Maureen Hascoet de Cuestas

Maureen Hascoet de Cuestas – Producer

Putting together an extra special series of sessions at the festival.

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Viktoria Tolidou

Viktoria Tolidou – Delegate Support and Tech Wizard

Delegate Support and Tech Wizard

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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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David Jacobson

David Jacobson – Festival Co-ordinator

Writer, Director, Producer, Historian. Huge Jackson fan. Peter not Michael.

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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

Phil Peel

Phil Peel – Head of Camera Team

Cool dude who will make sure we get it all shot. Promise. Wait, what?

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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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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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Thomas Triebel

Thomas Triebel – Camera Team

Known as Thomas Hawk in the business, he got his nickname from his sharp eyesight.

Sound Team

Andrew Knight

Andrew Knight – Camera / Sound

"Freelance film crew and aspiring writer from Melbourne Australia

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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Ciara-Louise Glover

Ciara-Louise Glover – Festival Support

BU scriptwriting student with a keen interest in organising events.

Danica Giles

Danica Giles – Festival Support

Behavioural science researcher passionate about behaviour change in real people and the psychology of fictional characters.

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Darius Mina-Georgiou

Darius Mina-Georgiou – Festival Support

I'll have a beard at the festival

Ella Spottiswood

Ella Spottiswood – Festival Support

An aspiring director, recently graduated from Bristol University, taking a year out to gain experience and teach yoga before LFS

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Elvis León

Elvis León – Festival Support

My name is Elvis (my gift and curse). I'm from Denver, Colorado where the mountains isn't the only thing that's high.

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Eugenia Lomakina

Eugenia Lomakina – Festival Support

St Petersburg born, England raised, Warwick Uni alum, screenwriter and artist. Big fan of animation, action and comedy!

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

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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Liam Montgomery

Liam Montgomery – Festival Support

Vancouver born and raised, moved to London earlier this year to enjoy the city and UK's thriving film industry.

Michelle Hickey

Michelle Hickey – Festival Support

I scribble therefore I am. (I talk a lot too but there's always a good story to be had! Unless I'm listening to yours).

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Oliver Colley

Oliver Colley – Festival Support

From Birmingham, studying in Bournemouth. Huge passion for all things Film and TV, but nothing more than Scriptwriting.

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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.

Shannon Reeve

Shannon Reeve – Festival Support

Scriptwriter, script editor and film producer

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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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Maureen Maritz

Maureen Maritz – Speaker Care

Maureen keeps our speakers fed, watered and looked after as they prep for their sessions.