2018 Jury


Her involvement with Italian cinema goes back a long time, though she started actively working in the industry in 1996 when she became both Associate Director and Sponsorship Director of Italian Film Festival UK, primarily a Scottish-based festival which she brought down to London in May 1997. In 2010 Clara and colleagues created Italian Cinema London, a new version of the festival showcasing Italian films in London. Together they worked on film industry projects in conjunction with Bafta and MEDIA UK. In October 2014 Clara started CinemaItaliaUK Ltd, a company whose aim is to show Italian films not distributed in UK, on a monthly basis.


Sarah Lutton has an MPhil in Film History and Theory, and began her career teaching Film Studies at the universities of Manchester and Kent. From an early stage she combined her academic work with cinema exhibition projects and working with filmmakers, including film festival and public programme projects at Cornerhouse, Manchester (now Home). She then moved to the BFI, initially working on an EU MEDIA-funded initiative, and then to the BFI’s Festivals Programme Team. She has worked with BFI Festivals for over 20 years, across the London Film Festival and London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (now BFI Flare) in both curatorial and festival management roles. She now contributes to the LFF as Programme Advisor for Nordic cinema, specialising in films and filmmakers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Sarah also works as Research and Editorial consultant for the British Council’s Film Department, researching current UK film production.


Kathleen Soriano began her career at the Royal Academy of Arts over 30 years ago. In 1989 she joined the National Portrait Gallery, where as Director of Exhibitions & Collections she was also responsible for national and international programmes. In 2004 she became one of the first cohort of Clore Leadership Fellows, working at the South Bank Centre and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. In February 2006 she became Director of Compton Verney, Warwickshire. January 2009 saw her appointed Artistic Director at the Royal Academy. In 2014 she set up her own curatorial, artistic advisory and strategic consultancy company. In addition she has recently acted as Interim Director at Firstsite, Colchester and Artistic Director of the Jakober Foundation, Mallorca. As well as curating many successful exhibitions she has lectured and written extensively in her field and her book Madam and Eve on women artists, was published in April 2018. Her broadcast activities include the four series of Portrait/Landscape Artist of the Year for SkyArts.


She is currently Chair of the Liverpool Biennial, and a specialist advisor for the National Trust. Previously she has held roles on the strategic committee of the Grand Palais, Paris, the Wellcome Collection exhibition advisory group, chaired the Churches Conservation Trust’s Art Advisory group, was a founder member of Women Leaders in Museums Network and is currently on the Advisory Board of 2 Temple Place and the editorial board of Apollo.