4TH LABF FESTIVAL

JUDGES

JUDGES

Hannah Khalil

Hannah Khalil

Award-Winning Writer

An award-winning Palestinian-Irish writer, Hannah’s stage plays include Ring (Soho Theatre London’s Westminster Prize), Leaving Home (The King’s Head), Plan D (Tristan Bates Theatre, nominated for the Meyer Whitworth Award), Bitterenders (winner Sandpit Arts’ Bulbul 2013, performed at Golden Thread Theatre’s ReOrient Festival in San Francisco, 2015), The Worst Cook in the West Bank (Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival) and Scenes from 68* Years (Arcola Theatre, London, 2016).

Hannah’s radio plays include Last of the Pearl Fishers and The Deportation Room, both for BBC Radio 4.

Plan D is published in the USA as part of Inside/Outside: Six plays from Palestine and the Diaspora edited by Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi; and Bitterenders will be part of Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas published in 2016 by Playwrights Canada Press.

Hannah’s first short film The Record is in pre-production and due to be shot this summer.

Hannah is judging the “expression” category
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James Price

James Price

Filmmaker & Documentary Tutor, UCL

James Price has degrees in Fine Art (BA (Hons) Newcastle, 1999) and Documentary Direction (MA, National Film & TV School, 2006), has lectured in documentary filmmaking at the University of Brighton, MET Film School, and is now one of the core tutors at UCL Anthropology’s Open City Docs School flagship MA programme in Documentary & Ethnographic Film by practice.

Price’s films have been shown on the BBC, Channel 4, and More4, in art exhibitions and at film festivals world-wide. Recent projects include Reading Pepys (Kings College London) an audio visual experimental history of Deptford’s Pepys Estate; Chandigarh Corrections Omissions (Linköping University) an investigation of aesthetics and discipline in Le Corbusier’s planned city; Diamond StreetEstuary: Working Lives, and Study for the Estuary (ACE, 2011-present) – ongoing collaborations with writer Rachel Lichtenstein exploring place and identity in London and the Thames Estuary; The Body Adorned (Horniman Museum, 2012-3) a multi-screen installation anthropology of London dress, and What is Freedom? (Channel 4, 2009) a semi-serious attempt to find the freest person in the USA.

James has also exhibited installations and photography in the UK and beyond. His 2006 installation and film, Conversation, an exploration of the hidden judgements we make of each other, has shown in the UK, Canada, the USA, and Iran. This work is being distributed as an educational aid in the UK, Australia and North America.

He also produces arts biography films for the Tate, the National Trust, the Southbank Centre, the Photographers’ Gallery, and Channel 4, and collaborates extensively with London AV artists, the Light Surgeons, with whom he developed his video practice from 1999 until embarking on his Masters at the NFTS.

JAMES IS JUDGING THE “DOCUMENTARY” CATEGORY

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Chiara Marañón

Chiara Marañón

UK Programming Director, MUBI

Chiara Marañón (Barcelona, Spain) is the UK Programming Director at MUBI -a unique and global online cinema that offers a curated selection of classic, independent and cult films- and handles acquisitions and film programming for the platform.

Chiara is also a filmmaker – she has worked with renowned Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami on THE GIRL IN THE LEMON FACTORY, and her work has played at festivals around the globe.

Additionally, she has been mentored by the likes of Lucrecia Martel, Carlos Reygadas, Pedro Costa and Jaime Rosales.

CHIARA IS JUDGING THE “EXPRESSION” CATEGORY

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Randolph Benson

Randolph Benson

Oscar Winning Filmmaker

Randolph is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts’ School of Filmmaking, and has taught film and video at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University for over a decade.

His films have appeared in film festivals worldwide and have garnered numerous awards, most notably a Gold Medal in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Student Academy Awards (for Man and Dog).

His films have been featured on HBO, Bravo, the Independent Film Channel, PBS, Canal Plus–France, Telewizja Polska S.A.–Poland, and KBS-Korea.

Randolph has received the Eastman Kodak Excellence in Filmmaking Award at the Cannes Film Festival, a First Appearance Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and was nominated for the George Foster Peabody Awards.

RANDOLPH IS JUDGING THE “FICTION” CATEGORY
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Lynda Myles

Lynda Myles

Head of Fiction Directing, NFTS

After eight years as Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Lynda Myles spent two years as Director and Curator of Film at the Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley.

On returning to the UK, she produced her first feature, Defence of The Realm, for Enigma Films. She was appointed Senior Vice-President at Columbia Pictures, followed by two years at BBC as Commissioning Editor for Drama.

In 1990, she co-produced The Commitments, directed by Alan Parker, which won Best Film at BAFTA in 1991, plus four other BAFTA Awards and an Oscar Nomination for Editing. She then produced The Snapper (winner of inter alia, the Premio Goya and the Prix Italia) and The Van, both directed by Stephen Frears. She also produced When Brendan Met Trudy written by Roddy Doyle and co-produced Killing Me Softly, directed by Chen Kaige.

In the early 90s, she was co-founder and co-Executive Director of the East-West Producers’ Seminar, the first training programme for producers in Eastern Europe. With Michael Pye, she is the author of The Movie Brats. She was the first Chair of Women in Film and Television in the UK.

She has been Head of Fiction Directing at the NFTS since 2004.

LYNDA IS JUDGING THE “FICTION” CATEGORY

Jo Duncombe

Jo Duncombe

Film Programmer, Independent Cinema Office

Jo joined the Independent Cinema Office as a Film Programmer in April 2016.

Before this, Jo worked at the London Short Film Festival as Programme Director, commissioning artist moving image projects, programming large-scale music and cross-arts events, and viewing thousands of short films by UK and international filmmakers.

Jo also worked on a freelance basis to support the release of independent films, most recently Sean McAllister’s A Syrian Love Story and Ben Rivers’ The Sky Trembles And The Earth Is Afraid And The Two Eyes Are not Brothers.

Jo produced the East End Film Festival in 2015 and worked as Press & Marketing Manager at Birds Eye View Films for two years. Jo is also the co-founder of The Quarter Club, a network for women working in the creative industries.

JO IS JUDGING THE “DOCUMENTARY” CATEGORY

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