20th Raindance Festival Jury

Raindance is delighted to announce the jury for this year’s 20th Raindance Film Festival. The panel, which includes representatives from other Festivals, journalists, a producer, an actress, last year's winner of the 'Film of the Festival Award', will judge the films nominated in each of the eight categories, with the winners to be announced on Saturday 6th October, 6pm at the Festival venue, the Apollo Piccadilly Circus.  

Agathe BonitzerAgathe Bonitzer - Actress

Daughter of french directors Pascal Bonitzer and Sophie Fillieres, Agathe Bonitzer started out at 13 in Les Sentiments by Noémie Lvovsky. Ever since, she worked with many film makers such as Jacques Doillon, Christophe Honoré, Guillaume Nicloux and of course her parents, while keeping up her studies at La Sorbonne -currently doing a Masters in Modern Litterature.

Recently seen in Une bouteille à la mer (Thierry Binisti) and À moi seule/Coming Home (Frederic Videau), she's also the lead part in Agnes Jaoui's next film (coming out in March 2013). IMDB page

Karel OchKarel Och - Karlovy Vary Film International Film Festival

Karel Och (b. 1974 in Czech Republic)  studied law and graduated in film theory and history at Prague’s Charles University.

Since 2001, he has worked for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as programmer and member of the selection committe.

He has programmed KVIFF’s documentary competition and curated tributes and retrospectives to Sam Peckinpah, John Huston, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger and Samuel Fuller, among others.

In 2010 Och was appointed artistic director of the Karlovy Vary IFF.

Philip Bloom

Philip Bloom - Cinematographer

Philip Bloom is an industry veteran of 23 years of which he spent a large portion working in broadcast news and documentaries.

For the past few years he’s become a leading figure in the low budget digital film making world with his pioneering work using DSLRs and affordable large sensor camcorders.

He also runs his website which educates and informs film makers of all levels around the world with visitors in excess of 1.25 million a month. He splits his time between shooting and directing projects and teaching globally. His recent high profile projects have included Lucas Films ‘Red Tails’ and last year's Raindance winning documentary ‘How to Start a Revolution’.

Oli Harbottle Oli Harbottle - Distributor

Oli has been at Dogwoof since 2006, having previously produced the Raindance Film Festival. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of distribution at Dogwoof, managing the process from acquisition through to release.

He has overseen the highly successful and innovative campaigns for titles such as The Age of Stupid, The End of the Line, Burma VJ, Restrepo, Countdown To Zero and Bobby Fischer Against The World.


Virginie SélavyVirginie Sélavy - Journalist

Virginie Sélavy is the founder and editor of Electric Sheep. She is the editor of The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology and has contributed to World Directory Cinema: Eastern Europe and the London volume of Film Locations: Cities of the Imagination. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including The Guardian, Sight and Sound, Cineaste and Frieze.



William C. MartellWilliam C. Martell - Screenwriter

William C. Martell has written 19 films that were carelessly slapped onto celluloid, and sold many other screenplays to producers and studios which managed not to get made (though he was paid). Ted Elliott, co-writer of the international hit "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movies, says Martell's book "Secrets Of Action Screenwriting" is "The best book on the practical nuts-and-bolts mechanics of writing a screenplay I've ever read." He was stupid enough to actually *turn down* the job of adapting Dan Brown's "Angels & Demons". He has two screenplays set to film this winter - a big action thriller in Europe and a contained thriller for television. 


Nicolangelo GelorminiNicolangelo Gelormini - Filmmaker

Nicolangelo Gelormini was born in Naples. He graduated in directing at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (National Film School) and got his degree in Architecture at the Università Federico II. His first feature film 'Napoli24', co-directed by Paolo Sorrentino and other Italian filmakers, was released in May 2012.

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Sarah RadclyffeSarah Radclyffe - Producer

Sarah Radclyffe co-founded Working Title in 1984 with Tim Bevan and whilst there produced several films including MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE, WISH YOU WERE HERE and A WORLD APART.  Following the acquisition of Working Title by Polygram in 1993, Sarah left to pursue a more independent career and set up her own company, Sarah Radclyffe Productions.  Since then, she has produced or executive produced, amongst others, SECOND BEST, COUSIN BETTE, LES MISERABLES, THE WAR ZONE, RATCATCHER, THERE’S ONLY ONE JIMMY GRIMBLE, LOVE’S BROTHER, TARA ROAD, HOW ABOUT YOU, THE EDGE OF LOVE, CIRQUE DU FREAK and RAFINA.  Sarah served on the board of Channel 4 and the BFI between 1997 and 1999 and the UK Film Council from 1999-2004.

Gaia MeucciGaia Meucci - Encounters Short Film Festival

Originally from Italy, Gaia has worked in the film industry in the UK and France in different capacities, including animation production, film festivals, distribution and programming. In 2009 and 2010 she was the Short Film Programmer of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.  Her festival collaborations also include the 2010 London International Film Festival and the 2011 Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, where she worked on the co-production forum Euroconnection. In 2011 she managed the international sales and distribution of production company Autour de Minuit’s short film catalogue as well as becoming one of the programmers of short film festival Silhouette Paris.  As a film curator, she has collaborated with organisations such as the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London where she curated the restrospective Jarmusch in Context in 2009 and in 2012 the Forum des Images in Paris, where she was the Assistant Curator of the London Calling season. Gaia has recently become the Short Film Programmer of the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol.

Karel SpesnyKarel Spěšný - Prague Short Film Festival

Karel Spěšný is the co-founder and Program Director of the Prague Short Film Festival, which was established in 2005 by Karlovy Vary IFF in Czech Republic's capital. For 6 years he was the editor in chief of the independent film magazine Cinepur and prepared the concept for the European House Cinema in Prague.



Kate TancredKate Tancred - The Smalls

Kate Tancred- The managing director of The Smalls commenced her career within the media industry. Passionate about content and the changing landscape of today’s media Kate joined The Smalls - a network of talented, independent short film and content creators. The Smalls attempts to revolutionise the industry by bridging the gap between emerging talent and distributors/ commissioners of content.




Nic BaisleyNic Baisley - Film Critic

Nic Baisley is the owner of FilmSnobbery, is an advocate and passionate speaker for indie film, a film reviewer, and the host of the web broadcast series FilmSnobbery Live! Nic also offers his services as an independent film consultant whose passion is giving a voice to independent content creators.



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