2016 Jury


London based Davina Catt studied English literature at University College London and has worked as a journalist writing and editing for publications including Vogue.com, British Vogue, Financial Times. She is currently a UK contributing editor at Interview magazine, as well as new biannual title, Violet, alongside world known film directors and actors. From a family immersed in writing and film, Davina has written/directed an arts based documentary, featuring amongst others Stephen Fry, Bonnie Wright, which launched in UK cinemas earlier in 2016. She regularly gets asked to be part of panels and host talks at venues including Bafta, V&A and Conde Nast college.


Alasdair Flind, a former journalist, has been running independent film and TV production company Cowboy Films alongside producing partner Charles Steel, since 2007. Previous feature film credits include Kevin Macdonald’s adaptation of the best selling novel ‘How I Live Now’ and BBC Films family comedy ‘Bill’. Most recently Alasdair produced Natasha Khan’s (aka Bat for Lashes) first short film as part of MTV’s ‘Madly’ anthology feature that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. Television credits include two seasons of the RTS and BAFTA award winning ‘Top Boy’ and the BAFTA winning single film ‘Poppy Shakespeare’.


Gareth Harris is an established freelance arts and culture journalist. He is chief contributing editor at The Art Newspaper, the “art world bible” where he began his journalism career in 2003. He has contributed numerous articles to the Financial Times, and has written for The New York Times, Vogue, The Guardian, and The Independent.


Michael Robinson is a London based producer at MGR Films, which he founded in 2013. Michael’s credits include We Need To Talk About KevinMr Nice and The Sea, based on John Banville’s Booker Prize winning novel. His upcoming productions include Unqueened – the story of Queen Caroline of Brunswick with Simon Curtis directing; an adaptation of Ed Docx’s tragicomic novel The Calligrapher with PJ Hogan writing and directing; a biopic of Vivien Leigh, and an adaptation of Saul Bellow’s seminal novel Herzog, as well as co-producing outside projects such as Michael Mann’s adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s novel Azincourt. Michael lived in Buenos Aires in the 1990s and maintains a passion for Spanish and Latin American cinema and culture.


Born and raised in Italy, Federico Spoletti is co-founder and Managing Director of SUB-TI, an international subtitling company based in London, which provides audiovisual translation services all over the world, working with well over 30 languages and international film festivals such as the Venice Film Festival, the Locarno Film Festival, the British Film Institute and the MoMA in New York. He co-founded SUB-TI ACCESS, which works on cultural accessibility for the hearing and visually impaired. In 2011, he launched FRED Film Radio – The Festival Insider, a web-based radio network which boasts 29 channels, broadcasting in 25 languages.