2008 Festival Jury

Rob Andrews

is Head of Entertainment at Tiscali. He is responsible for championing new UK talent through the Tiscali short film section and is currently sourcing titles for Tiscali's cinema section.

Craig Armstrong

Is a BAFTA and Ivor Novello Award winning composer and recording artist who has provided the orchestral score for a wide range of feature films, notably in the work of Baz Lurhmann. He has also collaborated with such artists as Liz Fraser of the Cocteau Twins, Madonna, Massive Attack, and Mogwai.

Peter Capaldi

Was the recipient of the 1995 Oscar® for Best Live Action Short Film for Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life. He is also a respected film and television actor, recently known for his performance as the political spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC sitcom The Thick of It. Other notable credits include Stephen Frears’ Dangerous Liaisons, Channel 4’s Peep Show, and E4’s Skins.

Kim Deal

Is a singer, songwriter, and musician best known for providing the bass in the Pixies, one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th Century. Generating such albums as Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, widely regarded as cult classics, the band also inspired a generation of iconic musicians such as Kurt Cobain and Radiohead. Deal is also a member of The Breeders, now hugely successful in their own right, alongside her twin sister Kelley. They are currently on tour in support of their latest album Mountain Battles.

Oli Harbottle

Was the producer of the Raindance Film Festival for three years from 2003 to 2005. He is now the film release coordinator at Dogwoof Pictures, one of the leading art house distributors of independent film in the UK. 

Digby Lewis

Is the Creative Director at Dailymotion, the world’s largest independent video entertainment site, where he sources and develops unsigned directors through the platform’s Motionmaker programme. Before Dailymotion, he worked in television as a producer/director at MTV and VH1 and worked for The Rolling Stones, documenting their 'A Bigger Bang' World Tour.

Kim Newman

Kim Newman is a novelist, critic and broadcaster.  His fiction includes Anno Dracula, Life’s Lottery and The Man From the Diogenes Club.  His non-fiction includes Nightmare Movies, Horror: 100 Best Books and BFI Classics studies of Cat People and Doctor Who.  He is a contributing editor to Sight & Sound and Empire.  He wrote and directed a short film Missing Girl, available online at http://www.johnnyalucard.com/missinggirl.html.  His website is at johnnyalucard.com.

Rebecca O’Brien

Has been an independent film producer for twenty years.  She has produced ten feature films with Ken Loach, including “Land and Freedom”, “Sweet Sixteen” and “My Name is Joe”. In 2006 “The Wind that Shakes the Barley”, won the Palme d’Or in Cannes.  Their latest film “Looking for Eric”, written by regular collaborator Paul Laverty, has just finished shooting and will be launched in 2009.

Nicolas Roeg

Is a world-renowned film director whose career spans four decades. His debut Performance (co-directed with Donald Cammell) introduced audiences to his experimental and influential approach to filmmaking, which was expanded upon in his later works Walkabout, Don’t Look Now and The Man Who Fell To Earth. His latest film, Puffball, was released in cinemas earlier this year.

Joe Utichi

Joe Utichi is the editor of Rotten Tomatoes UK, the influential reviews website that brings together critics’ views from around the world. Before joining RT in 2006 he launched and ran his own successful film website, FilmFocus.

Adam Yauch

Is a founding member of the influential hip-hop trio the Beastie Boys. Starting life as a hardcore punk band, they are one of the longest-lived hip hop acts, who continue to enjoy commercial and critical success in 2008, more than 20 years after the release of their debut album. He is also the director of Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot, a basketball documentary screening at Raindance this year.